Posted by: daraja | January 9, 2008

Update

Happy New Year.

As some of you may be aware, Kenya is going through a very troubling time and I would like to give you a heads up. First thanks to all those who have sent us messages of encouragement and support.

After the national elections held on December 27, 2007, President Kibaki was declared winner, but this was disputed by the opposition party led by Raila Odinga (ODM-Orange Democratic Movement). Thereafter pro-Raila supporters started rioting, looting and burning property across the nation. The areas in which the violence was greatest are strong-holds of ODM such as Nyanza, Western, and North Rift Valley. The situation in Eldoret is still very bad, many homes, businesses, and farms have been burned to the ground. Solid Rock Children’s Home, one of the orphanages we support, has been reduced to ashes. The children have been moved into the city, still under the care of Mama Esther. We are praying for an end to the senseless killings, which have claimed many innocent lives.

Daraja members will have a meeting on January 17th 2008 at the IMU Redbud room at 7:00pm-8:00pm. Please plan to attend. The agenda will include:

1. Update on Kenya
2. Projects for this year
3. February 29th, 2008 fundraising dinner
4. Volunteer trips to Kenya
5. AOB

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Responses

  1. It is amazing how the IU-Kenya friendship has responded to the Kenyan crisis. One amazing Indianapolis event was the interfaith prayer service held for the people of Kenya. See the article in the Indy Star about the prayer service
    (http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/20080107/local18/8010703
    83&GID=45OWBI4IN2bxI5tWT80VOl0V7XVSlkCR01ogGYlFpCQ%3D). Around 400 people attended, and there were at least 25 Kenyans. They opened the service by singing the Kenya’s national anthem. As a dear friend of Kenya put it “this is one way for us to offer the gift of solidarity to all of our friends and colleagues in Kenya and to model what it means to walk alongside Indianapolis’ Sister City of Eldoret”. As a Kenyan from Eldoret, all I can say to ALL Hoosiers is Asante sana!


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