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A challenge to the new Age

18 Nov

Change Agent

By Halima Murunga

Africa the land of contrasts, where hunger bequeaths the poor and obesity plagues the rich.

Gone are the days of the revolutionary youth who fought for change, in with the youth who only listens passively to the problems of the community, caring only for themselves not for their neighbor. ‘That’s their problem.’

We live in the age of materialism, shielded from any thought of poverty, war, and hunger. The screen being the only window into the other side of the income divide.

Concerned with new gadgets, fashion and hedonism, not concerned that most of us are denied the necessities of life, food, shelter and clothing.

We live in the age of information, the internet, mobiles and social networking not aware the people around us are denied information because of their income and status in society.

Healthcare for the rich is a necessity, the poor man life is expendable, just a statistic.

The politician only shouts for change, preaches integrity, yet his fodder is the public treasury.

Over 60% of our population languishes in poverty. Deny a man his rights and one day he will fight back in anger. Election violence was not just political outburst, but an outcry for change in society.

2012 awaits. Are you going to change the imbalance our society or sit in your house as you watch your country burn.

Be the change and lets not keep this continent God’s blind spot.

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A challenge to the new Age

18 Nov

Change Agent

By Halima Murunga

Africa the land of contrasts, where hunger bequeaths the poor and obesity plagues the rich.

Gone are the days of the revolutionary youth who fought for change, in with the youth who only listens passively to the problems of the community, caring only for themselves not for their neighbor. ‘That’s their problem.’

We live in the age of materialism, shielded from any thought of poverty, war, and hunger. The screen being the only window into the other side of the income divide.

Concerned with new gadgets, fashion and hedonism, not concerned that most of us are denied the necessities of life, food, shelter and clothing.

We live in the age of information, the internet, mobiles and social networking not aware the people around us are denied information because of their income and status in society.

Healthcare for the rich is a necessity, the poor man life is expendable, just a statistic.

The politician only shouts for change, preaches integrity, yet his fodder is the public treasury.

Over 60% of our population languishes in poverty. Deny a man his rights and one day he will fight back in anger. Election violence was not just political outburst, but an outcry for change in society.

2012 awaits. Are you going to change the imbalance our society or sit in your house as you watch your country burn.

Be the change and lets not keep this continent God’s blind spot.

Reintegration light – Trip to Hungary

13 Nov

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Just after returning to Frankfurt I spend a week in Budapest.

I was trainer on an outgoer preparation seminar for AIESEC Hungary. This definitely helped me to come back to Europe pole pole.

Cool was that Dani was there, an AIESECer from Nairobi. So we talked a lot… e. g. about the shock of going from Kenya to Europe;)

I had 4 super cool co-facis with family backgrounds from New-Zealand, Namibia, Poland and Romania and working experience in India, Pakistan, Dominican Republic, Turkey, Ethiopia and Hungary.

Thanks for listening to my Kenyan stories and sharing yours!!

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Last week – Coast

31 Oct

Of course I couldn´t leave Kenya without travelling to the coast!

So we took a night bus on Friday to Mombasa, then Matatus to the South Coast and found a nice place to stay in Diani Beach. We relaxed some days, it was amazing: Chapati & fruits at the beach, chilling at the beach, walks around the beach. The unemployment in the area is rampant. There are more beachboys (locals who want to offer services or sell goods) than tourists. Because of the post-election violence in January and February a lot of travelling agencies from Europe took Kenya out of the programme for 2008.

You can order clothes, jewellery or food and within hours it will be specially manufactured for you and delivered on the beach. I even had my private kiswahili teacher over there 😉

When I say beach, i mean BEACH. The warm blue and green water, white sands, shells… wow!

We met two travellers from France which whom we spend some time. Visiting Mombasa itself was interesting: The town is soooo different from the westernised Nairobi! Strong Arabic and Indian influence in the old town, beautiful scenery at the coast. It was my first time to the Indian Ocean and definitely not the last one. So much to see there

And now please enjoy the pics, as promised!

Last week but 2 – Mt. Kenya

18 Oct

On Saturday Benjamin arrived for my last three weeks. Three weeks only… And sooo much to see and to do. So many people to meet… Wow.

First we visited Mukuru together and gave some presents from Germany to the kids. (Picture 1, the rest is from Mt. Kenya)
The last four days we spent in the mountains in Central Kenya.  A friend at university had recommended us a guide to take us to the third highest peak of Mt. Kenya, the Point Lenana. We had our hiking shoes and some warm clothes and left Nairobi Tuesday morning. In Nanyuki we met our guide, the cook and the porter. Because the air gets pretty thin up there it is not a good idea for unsportive europeans to carry the luggage on their own 😉 The first day we hiked for 4 hours then arrived at Old Moses Camp (3300m) were we spend the night. On the second day we walked up to Shiptons Camp (4200m). Our guide told us a lot about the changing vegetation and the birds around. Always a good excuse to stop for some minutes to breath a bit 😉
On Thursday morning we left the camp at 3am (yes, AM) to reach the summit at sunrise. We had torches, but we were very lucky. It was full moon and it was a very clear night, so we didn´t need them at all. We climbed the last 700 meters (through snow and ice) and reached the Kenyan flag on the top (4985m) just around 6pm. An amazing experience and a wonderful view!!
I am sure you want to see pics… Later, we haven´t transferred them from the (second) camera yet.

Then we walked back to Old Moses (21 km in a day, 700 m up and 1700 down…) where we just fell asleep immediately 🙂

Friday we arrived back in the dusty and loud Nairobi and had nearly a culture shock in the traffic jam on Thika Road 😉

Schlaaaaand… or what??

5 Sep

Tomorrow I am going to see the worldchampionship qualifying game Kenya vs. Namibia. Coool :-)))) We are sitting in the office and practising…. “Tunaye Manuela aaa Manuela, tunaye Manuela hamutamweza!!!!!”

Tonight german cooking night… Schweinegeschnetzeltes (mit Rind für die Muslime) und Reis. Dazu echten deutschen Obstsalat mit Melone, Ananas und Mangos…

Have a great weekend!