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A nonprofit is helping sea turtles trapped in fishing nets
21 October 2018 - Local Ocean Conservation, based in the town of Watamu, Kenya, is the only turtle rescue and rehabilitation center on the East African seaboard. Since its founding in 1997, it has protected about 1,000 nests, conducted more than 17,000 turtle rescues, and treated more than 480 turtles in its rehab center. (more)

Refugees sow crops with Kenyan hosts - and reap integration
10 August 2018 - Kenyan villager Ekeno Pedo never considered that golden fields of sorghum -- or indeed any crop -- might one day flourish on the outskirts of his village in drought-stricken Turkana county. A 14-year project aims to provide refugees with sustainable livelihoods through agriculture, while helping them integrate with the local Kenyan community. The fields that have sprung up in this vast and arid scrubland in Kenya's northwest are in part due to the hard work of refugees, who have come here from neighbouring South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Uganda in recent decades. Residents and refugees alike say it has worked well. (more)

Power to the pupils: solar panels keep Kenya's kids in school
25 July 2018 - Solar panels in Kenya are powering school attendance and lowering tuition fees, while providing clean energy. From a mile away, the roof of Mihingoni Primary School glitters in Kenya's midday sun. The effect, though, comes not from the roof but from what is on it: a sparkling array of solar panels. Mihingoni is one of eight mostly off-grid primary schools in the southeastern coastal county of Kilifi that have been fitted with a solar array. The panels are part of a project run by two British-based organizations to provide solar power to primary schools and clinics in remote, off-grid communities. (more)

For clean drinking water in Kenya, just add sunshine (and a can)
22 February 2018 - On a sunny afternoon in Western Kenya, Eunice Shigali filled a 10 liter jerrycan with water, then unfolded it like a suitcase and placed it in the sun. After a few hours, a green smiley face appeared on the side of the black container, telling her the water was clean and hot, and ready to cook ugali, a staple dish made of maize flour. (more)

Down to business: Drought-hit Kenyan women trade their way out of poverty
18 January 2018 - Widow Ahatho Turuga lost 20 of her goats to drought early last year, but the shopkeeper is planning to reinvest in her herd once she has saved enough money. ... Turuga is finding it easier to cope since taking part in a rural entrepreneurship programme run by The BOMA Project, a non-profit helping women in Kenya's dry northern areas beat extreme poverty and adapt to climate change. The U.S. and Kenya-based organization provides two years of business and life-skills training, as well as mentorship. Groups of three women are each given a start-up grant of 20,000 Kenyan shillings ($194.55) and a progress grant of 10,000 shillings to set up a business. After graduating, they carry on operating their businesses -- mainly small shops selling groceries and household goods -- either together or on their own. (more)

Kenya brings in world's toughest plastic bag ban
28 August 2017 - Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world's toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect. The east African nation joins more than 40 other countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed single use plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy. (more)

Solar roof tiles offer tech boost for Kenya's rural classrooms
25 August 2017 - Mid-morning at Gaitheri Secondary School in central Kenya's Murang'a County, and students are busy with their daily routine, as at any other school. But their establishment is different -- boasting a better power supply than most rural classrooms. One of its iron-sheet roofs is covered in tiles fitted with energy-producing solar cells -- an innovative solar-power technology known as 'building-integrated photovoltaics' (BIPV). (more)

Loans for solar systems make power affordable in rural Kenya
15 August 2017 - Until recently, Kenneth Njoroge's home northwest of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, was poorly lit at night. Most people in Ndabibi are not connected to mains electricity, and rely on kerosene or small solar lamps to light their homes. A loan from a micro-finance institution has made it possible for him to invest in a solar power system for his home. (more)

Kenya learns to cook with solar power - even when the sun doesn't shine
10 April 2017 - In this sunny part of Kenya (Busia County), solar cookers -- which trap sunlight to heat food -- have surged in popularity in recent years. But a big problem remains: How to cook when the sun doesn't shine? Communities are now starting to sort out solutions . . . In Busia County, in western Kenya, as many as 1,500 households have turned to solar cooking, mostly over the last four years, according to county Ministry of Energy figures. The switch to more efficient cooking aims to cut deforestation in Kenya, and health problems related to cooking over smoky fires. Those who have bought the new systems say another attraction is that they require only about a third of the usual time to cook food or heat water -- a big savings of women's time. (more)

Solar boreholes, irrigated crops throw lifeline to Kenyan herders
22 March 2017 - At the only borehole with water for miles around, the troughs are under siege in Saretho village as hundreds of camels, cattle, sheep, and goats await their turn. On the other side of the solar-powered well, women and children fetch water for household use ... Two years ago, the scene would have been different. Without the solar-powered pump they have now, the villagers found the local boreholes difficult and costly to operate. But since the Kenya Red Cross installed a solar system in 2014, they no longer have problems getting water. Elsewhere in the county, a group of former pastoralists have taken to growing fruit and vegetables. Its chairman Mathar Shale said he hasn't kept livestock since he started planting bananas, tomatoes, and cabbages. 'I can earn 70,000 shillings ($680) in a good month,' he said. (more)


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Nandi Hills, Kenya: Local people enjoy Transcendental Meditation, Consciousness-Based Education
1 May 2014 - The beautiful Nandi Hills area of Kenya is located near the equator at 2,000 metres above sea level, overlooking the famed Rift Valley. In 2009 people in some of the villages in this rural part of Kenya began learning Transcendental Meditation (TM). There are now over 700 people in Nandi Hills practising the simple, natural technique. The District Chief once commented that 'Fairfield (in Iowa, USA, the home of Maharishi University of Management) may be ''TM Town'', but I want Nandi Hills to be ''TM Town 2''.' Many children in the area have learned Transcendental Meditation, and one of the school principals has been trained as a TM teacher. Inspired by the positive changes and academic progress of the children, many adults are also learning the technique, including most of the children's mothers. (more)

Kenya: Nandi Hills a bright spot with hundreds practising Transcendental Meditation
19 June 2013 - In the beautiful greater Nandi Hills area of Kenya, about 250 km west of Nairobi, a community hall under construction this year is nearly completed. Recent visitors reported that the roof was going up on the single storey, 300 square metre building. The new centre was designed and is being built in accord with the principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture, and will serve as a hub for people in the area to practise Transcendental Meditation together, generating peace and harmony in the region. (more)

A Maharishi Vastu community centre begins to rise in Kenya
15 January 2013 - Construction has begun on a community hall fully in accord with the principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture, to accommodate the activities of the Transcendental Meditation programme and serve the meditating community of Nandi Hills, Kenya--as a gathering place and a source of coherence and peace. (more)

Kenya: Women and girls in Nandi Hills thriving on Transcendental Meditation
27 July 2012 - In the beautiful Nandi Hills region of Kenya, above the famed Rift Valley, a village continues to thrive and grow through the Transcendental Meditation programme. Among the meditators is a large, enthusiastic group of women--more than 55 mothers and grandmothers--many of whom meet several times a week to meditate together. Transcendental Meditation 'has brought a lot of happiness and a lot of love in our homes,' said one mother. 'It has brought us together as a community.' (more)

Kenya: Fulfilling the desire of 'these serious and sincere young people' for an enlightened education
24 March 2012 - After visiting a primary school in Kenya where all the students practise Transcendental Meditation, Dr Bevan Morris said, 'You just want [the students] to have everything in the world. Your heart pours out to them. They're very serious and sincere young people and you want to do everything, give everything to them, that they could have an enlightened education' through the gift of Maharishi's system of education. (more)

Kenya: Headmistress praises students' increased confidence after learning Transcendental Meditation
24 March 2012 - The former headmistress of a school for girls in Nairobi, Kenya recently spoke at length about the dramatic effects the school saw when Transcendental Meditation was first offered there. She said that a lot of the girls, before they learned to meditate, wouldn't speak up in class; they would never speak in front of a group. In contrast, 'after they learned, they became confident and began to speak in an articulate fashion.' The girls also began to enjoy their math and physics classes. (more)

Kenya: Transcendental Meditation welcomed by local leadership in Nandi Hills
24 March 2012 - Nandi Hills, Kenya is a beautiful and special place, said Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, who visited there recently on his tour of Africa. 'This is a place where there is a great concentration of the practice of Transcendental Meditation.' Many in the community practise Transcendental Meditation, and community leaders have expressed the desire for it to be 'a Transcendental Meditation town'. (more)

Kenya: Warm welcome for Consciousness-Based Education pioneer from community, primary school
24 March 2012 - Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, received a warm welcome from a primary school in Nandi Hills, Kenya, in which many students practise the Transcendental Meditation Technique. In addition to students and parents, the district school chief welcomed the visitors as well. Dr Morris said that it is not just the children who are affected by the school's implementation of Consciousness-Based Education, 'the community is deeply involved in practising Transcendental Meditation.' (more)

Kenyan educator on Transcendental Meditation: 'This is something universal'
24 March 2012 - Arriving in Nairobi, Kenya on his 14-country tour of Africa, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, focused on presenting the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education and Transcendental Meditation for Kenyan students and schools. In meetings with education leaders, he gave a talk to an organization that develops curriculum for schools. The director was very interested in the presentation and later commented: 'This is something universal. This is something that relates to the human being, to any human being. It's about the brain and the development of the brain. It's about intelligence and the development of intelligence.' (more)

Washington, DC conference on Kenya highlighted Maharishi's programmes for Africa
27 July 2010 - A conference for Kenyans living in the United States featured experts in the health and education programmes offered by the Global Country of World Peace presenting their benefits for traditional African communities. The conference was held in Washington, DC, and titled Gotabgaa, 'our homeland family'. (more)


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Tens of thousands of Kenyans go hungry after floods - aid agencies
4 July 2018 - Tens of thousands of survivors of Kenya's worst floods in recent years are living on the brink with barely enough food to eat two months after the disaster, aid workers warned on Wednesday (4 July), calling on authorities to provide increased funding and support. Incessant heavy rainfall in March and April caused dams and rivers in parts of the East African nation to overflow, submerging crops, and washing away homes. At least 186 people died and more than 300,000 others were forced to flee. (more)

Drug use in Kenya's coast communities up as West-bound heroin flows through
3 July 2018 - Heroin use is increasing in Kenya's coastal communities as international traffickers use them as a transit point for drugs bound from Afghanistan to the West, creating health and social problems, a European Union-funded report said on Tuesday (3 July). The port cities of Mombasa, Malindi, and Lamu have been particularly hard hit in recent years, it said. (more)

Fears for refugees health in Kenya as food aid rations halved
6 December 2016 - Food rations to more than 400,000 refugees in Kenya have been halved due to severe funding shortages, and existing supplies will run out completely at the end of February, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Kenya hosts 434,000 refugees from 21 countries, mainly from war-torn neighbouring South Sudan and Somalia, in two overcrowded camps on its northern borders. (more)

From cattle raiders to heavy rains: Kenya's displaced families under threat
31 December 2015 - In Baringo country, the impacts of climate change have been devastating. Droughts have exacerbated cattle raiding, while now heavy rains threaten to wash away makeshift homes. 2015 has been another dry year and what were once rivers look more like dusty roads. Water scarcity has led to diminishing lands for pasture. And this, in turn, has led to a rise in cattle raiding. Traditionally, cattle raiding was as way of raising a dowry, but it has since taken on a more criminal and violent nature, often leading to deaths and displacements. In Baringo county, around 1,500 families are reportedly displaced due to cattle raids, and prolonged dry spells have exacerbated this trend. (more)

Kenya tourist numbers down by a quarter so far in 2015
12 June 2015 - The number of visitors to Kenya fell by 25 percent in the first five months of 2015, according to tourism board figures, showing just how badly the industry has been damaged by a spate of Islamist militant attacks that have killed hundreds. Tourism is a vital foreign exchange earner for the east African nation, which boasts palm-fringed beaches and safari trails, but a two-year slump has forced hotels to shut, cut job numbers, and sent the shilling to 3-1/2-year lows. (more)

Al-Shabab militants kill 147 at university in Kenya
2 April 2015 - Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. The masked attackers armed with AK-47s singled out non-Muslim students at Garissa University College and then gunned them down without mercy, survivors said. Others ran for their lives with bullets whistling through the air. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. Most of the 147 dead were students. (more)

Four rhinos killed in Kenya's worst poaching attack in years
13 July 2014 - Two armed gangs killed four rhinos for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident in the country in more than 25 years, the spokesman for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Friday. Poaching across sub-Saharan Africa is on the rise as armed criminal gangs kill elephants for tusks and rhinos for horns, usually to be shipped to Asia for use in ornaments and medicines. The poaching on Wednesday night took place at the private Ol Jogi ranch near Nanyuki, about 200 km (120 miles) north of Nairobi. Paul Muya, a spokesman for KWS which has overall responsibility for wildlife in Kenya, told Reuters the rhino bodies were found on two separate sites on the 58,000-acre ranch and the poachers escaped with three of the animals' eight horns. One conservationist said the Ol Jogi raid was the worst poaching incident in Kenya since five white rhinos were killed in one swoop in Meru Park in 1988. Muya said he also believed it to be the biggest attack since then. 'They've got high levels of security there, so the implications are that really rhino are not safe anywhere,' said the conservationist. (more)

Red Cross: 22 dead in attacks on Kenyan coast
6 July 2014 - Twenty-two people were killed in overnight attacks by gunmen in two counties on the Kenyan coast, where al-Qaida-linked militants last month claimed responsibility for killing 65 people, the Kenya Red Cross said Sunday. The Saturday night attacks took place in the towns of Hindi in Lamu county and Gamba in Tana River, Kenya Red Cross chief Abbas Gulet said. Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to the Lamu county commissioner Njenga Miiri, a group of about 15 gunmen raided the Malamandi village of Hindi and started shooting at residents. The gunmen also attacked Gamba police station, Kenya's police chief David Kimaiyo said. The nine victims in Gamba included five inmates said to be non-Muslim, who were killed when the gunmen attacked the police station, said a senior police officer who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media. Three other inmates escaped with the gunmen. Kenya has suffered a spate of gun and explosive attacks since deploying its troops in October 2011 to fight al-Shabab militants. (more)

At least 20 killed in tribal clashes in Kenya - police
22 June 2014 - At least 20 people were killed in inter-clan violence in northern Kenya on Sunday, the police said, further destabilising one of Kenya's most volatile regions. The clashes between the Degodia and Gare communities started in mid-May and has led to more than 40 deaths in Wajir county that borders Somalia, local media reported. The fighting was the latest in a series of tit-for-tat killings that are ostensibly part of a longstanding grazing land and water dispute between the two tribes. Wajir area is widely seen one of the least stable parts of Kenya, with bandits roaming vast tracts of arid land and Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants staging cross border raids. An influx of weapons across Kenya's borders, in particular from Somalia, has intensified the ferocity of attacks between rival communities in recent years. (more)

Kenyan police operation strands 300 children
20 June 2014 - As Kenya continues to round up and detain refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers in a controversial anti-terrorism operation, fears are mounting over the fate of around 300 children separated from parents arrested during the sweeps. Some of these children are reported to be held in a Nairobi stadium used as a temporary detention facility, without a parent or guardian. 'Our concern is the separation of some 300 children, including babies as young as a few months, from their mothers and fathers or customary care-givers and foster parents,' said Emanuel Nyabera, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesman in Kenya. Since early April, some 4,000 arrests have been made in Operation Usalama Watch, mostly of Somali nationals, but also Kenyans of Somali origin as well as nationals of other countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo. Around 2,000 of those arrested have been transferred to the country's two refugee complexes. Some 359 have been deported to Somalia. 'During visits to temporary foster families in the urban areas, UNHCR and partners found some of these children in a desperate situation,' Nyabera said. (more)

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