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The Power of Education - Evening meeting at Everybody's - 5:30 PM

The presenter for our 22 Sept meeting is a young man that I have been working with for the past 15 months developing and getting approved by Rotary International a $102,300 Global Grant. He is a remarkable young man who overcame tremendous obstacles to get an education in East Pokot, Kenya. The literacy rate there is 4% because the people are pastoralists(goat and cattle herders). Education is not valued by adults and 60% of the children never attend school. Collins is the only known university graduate out of the 155,000 Pokot people. His father has 6 wives and has fathered 14 children. All of his family including his parents are illiterate. His dad did not want him to be educated and provided no support whatsoever for his education. Through perseverance he graduated at the top of his class in primary/secondary schools and received scholarships for his University education.
Here's the spotlight article from the Kitsap Sun on our own Rotary member Bob Cairn's efforts to get the Raspberry Pi distributed to some of the world's poorest students in East Pokot, Kenya.


ImageSpecial dinner meeting at the Port Orchard Eagles honoring the representative of the partner agency in the international project we are sponsoring in Kenya.  The Port Orchard Club is providing monetary support for an International Educational Project in Baringo County of Kenya.  This area has a 96% illiteracy rate as the majority of people live a pastoral life with their primary occupation of being a herder.  This project is being executed by Hifadhi Africa Organization(HAO).  

About Hifadhi Africa Organization

Hifadhi Africa Organization is a fully registered Kenyan based NGO that aims at offering sustainable equal educational opportunities mainly through the provision of scholarships supported by mentorship and enhancement of educational facilities. Our mentorship program covers a wide range of issues that seeks to enlighten and nurture young minds on the importance of community social responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

The Genesis of H.A.O.

During their campus years as undergraduate students at United States International University, Collins Nakedi, Jovenal Nsengimana & Charles Mwakio voluntarily engaged themselves in various community development projects that aligned them towards a common vision beyond friendship to create a platform focused on sustaining Africa and in April 2013 Hifadhi Africa Organization came to birth. This was after examining the African societal challenges that they hoped via HAO will shape the future of Africa through sustainable development. 

Purpose of H.A.O

To be a solution to some of the issues that the people of Baringo, Marsabit and Nairobi Counties undergo through the provision of critical services that are dragging them behind when the rest of he country is moving towards vision 2030- an economic blueprint that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.

For more information on Hifadhi Africa Organization, please see thier website at



Oct 13, 2015
Bruce Bennett
Kitsap County Public Utility District
Oct 20, 2015
Theresa Wilflingseder
Exchange student country presentation
Oct 27, 2015

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