Kenya

How Menstrual Cups Are Changing Lives in East Africa

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

In Kenya, the average cost of a package of sanitary pads is 75KSH -- approximately $1 CAD. While this may seem like a minimal amount of money, the average daily income for unskilled labourers is around $1.50 CAD. Providing access to healthy and sustainable menstrual management materials allows women to stay safe, and healthy, and does not sacrifice her ability to participate in work, school or daily activities.

Will Kenyan Politics and Kenyan Economics Ever Converge?

David Himbara | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
David Himbara

This is a fundamental requirement for genuine and deep-seated socioeconomic transformation that Kenya needs to become more prosperous.There is little doubt that Kenya's ethnic politics driven by the tyranny of numbers and ethnic calculations hurts the country's economic performance and potential.

Put a Face to the Numbers Struggling With HIV/AIDS

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We're winning the fight against HIV/AIDS, but we can't be complacent. There's still work to be done. For instance, more than 21 million people don't have access to the treatments that can lengthen and improve their lives--largely because an estimated 19 million are unaware they have HIV at all.

International Day of the Girl Child Is About Empowering Girls

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

On October 11, 2014, the world will celebrate International Day of the Girl Child. Adolescent girls are among the world's most vulnerable populations, and face a slew of unique and very real challenges. The international community needs to recognize that an empowered woman is the most effective catalyst for sustainable change, and it starts when they are teenagers. Protecting young women from violence increases their odds of completing school, and pursuing a successful and meaningful career!

Annoyed at Your Homework? A Girl in Kenya Will Change Your Mind

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When the students at Kisaruni All-Girls Secondary School in rural Kenya had the opportunity to set their school hours, they pushed the limits. The girls begin their studies each morning at 4:45 a.m. and end at 10 p.m., with classroom instruction from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The grumbling resentment toward schoolwork that typifies the North American high-school experience seemed, well, positively lame, compared to the Kenyan girls' fierce dedication to learning.

When Menstruation Is a Dirty Word, Girls Lose Out

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

It won't surprise you to hear that women are among the world's most vulnerable populations. But it might surprise you to learn that one of the most difficult parts about being a woman is also one of the most natural: menstruation. A girl's transition into womanhood is often marked by the beginning of her menstrual cycle, an occasion that is celebrated in many cultures as an important rite of passage. But in many parts of East Africa, it marks the beginning of a lifetime of discomfort, embarrassing health problems, and even harassment. It marks the beginning of schoolyard bullying, missed days of school, and the start of a lifetime viewed as a sexual object.

Ethiopia's "Terrorist" Journalists and Bloggers

Adam Bemma | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

On April 25 of this year, the Ethiopian government made news by arresting six bloggers and three freelance journalists. It is now over 100 days, and counting, since the six Zone 9 bloggers and the three freelance journalists were thrown into Ethiopian prison cells. The nine writers are facing terrorism-related charges, standing accused of inciting violence through social media.

Stop Muzzling the Press in East Africa

Adam Bemma | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada
Adam Bemma

In Kenya, following the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall last September, parliamentarians passed two harsh media laws known as the Kenya Information and Communication Act, or KICA, and the Media Council Bill of 2013. Both pieces of legislation, labeled as "draconian" by journalists, were signed by President Kenyatta last December.

Empowering Local Journalists Strengthens the Media

Adam Bemma | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama created an online resource for Kenyan mothers to connect and share stories. Due to combining both passions: motherhood and journalism, she was offered a chance to attend a digital media workshop by Internews, an international media development organization, and accepted.

One Child's Education Is a Whole Community's Dream

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

For us in the West, it's hard to imagine life without education. But what if you couldn't read the words on a basic contract, write your name on a job application, or count the money you earn at work? Imagine no one in your community knew how to prevent your crops from failing, basic accounting to run a family business, or how to treat a common illness.

What I Learned This Week: The Importance (and Fun) of Verbal Defence

Andy Nulman | Posted 12.28.2013 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

These days, with so many avenues of "talk" (including this blog), we are going through an unparalleled era of free expression. But with this exponential explosion of expression comes the almost immediate counter-attack of disbelief.

The Last Man Complex

Jackson Doughart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jackson Doughart

Any time that an unfamiliar idea is forced onto society, some political schlepper will invariably say something like this: "We all want the same thing...

Ruth Mathiang Uses Her Music to Advocate for Good

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

At the yearly Afro FEST, Ruth Mathiang has been welcomed regularly and is one of the most anticipated artists year after year. She sings in a trio of languages -- in English, Arabic and Kiswahili -- and her audiences are always moved by the beauty and style of each of her songs.

The Kenya I Know Has Nothing to Do With Violent Attacks

Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Sunny Freeman

Months after my return to Canada, their hopeful and upbeat rhythms transport me back to the awe-inspiring country I am lucky to know. The Kenya they embody is a far cry from the scenes of terror at Nairobi's upscale Westgate that were part of the biggest news story in the world for four days.

The One Time University of Ottawa Student Killed in the Kenyan Mall Attack

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Mbugua Mwangi was a University of Ottawa graduate from Kenya. Two weeks removed from what would have been their wedding day, he and his fiancee became victims of the Westgate mall terrorist attack and lost their lives while shopping for a wedding ring. He decided to shield her with his own body and took a total of eight bullets and they both died instantly.

Army Mounts Explosive Assault

AP | Jason Straziuso And Tom Odula | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan security forces battled al-Qaida-linked terrorists in an upscale mall for a third day Monday in what they said was a final p...

Canadian Killed In Kenya Attack 'Will Be Missed Dearly'

CBC | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada

One of two Canadians killed in a Kenya mall shooting attack came from a family of foreign service workers who lived all over the world, CBC News has l...

2 Canadians Dead, 3 Injured

CP | Adrian Lee, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - Canada offered its support to Kenya Sunday, saying it was "prepared to do more" to help the east African country recover from a horrific ter...

A Victory for Victims of Sexual Violence

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Over the past several years, hundreds of Kenyan girls have gone to the police in the town of Meru to report that they had been raped. The officers responded with disbelief and refused to take action. In May 2013, the girls won a striking victory. In a landmark decision, the court ordered the police to enforce the rape laws and take action against the perpetrators.

East Meets East in Kenya

Yen To | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Travel
Yen To

Since 2006, when the residing Kenyan government signed an economic cooperative agreement with China and partnering Asia-Pacific countries, there has been a concurrent influx of 'yellow faces'. The relatively new entrants are professionals and labourers contracted to bolster the two nations' budding alignment on various aspects of development. Most visible is the construction of infrastructure, such as buildings, energy sources and roads

How Canada Saved Me From Violence

Nam Kiwanuka | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nam Kiwanuka

Before we left Kampala, Uganda's capital, it was a daily occurrence for me as a young child to see dead bodies in the street and to fall asleep to the sounds of machine guns and screams. And when my father failed to come home, I always thought that his voice was one of those screams I heard in the night.

Star Power: How Hedley Became Honourary Maasai Warriors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When we first met the guys from Hedley, the band wanted to embark on a Me to We Trip to Kenya. When their tattooed limbs touched down in the rural Maasai Mara, we wondered how the community would react to the Canadian rockers. Turns out the local chiefs were fascinated by the band's markings.

VIDEO: Our Me-to-We Christmas in Kenya

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As the harsh reality of the post-holiday season sets in, we're still daydreaming about our Christmas in Kenya. We rang in the New Year with 170 of our closest friends and family -- our Free The Children staff. We all left our hearts in the Mara, so we thought we'd give you a little taste of our volunteer adventure right here.

Fund a Film; Aid an Island

Rowan Nielsen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Rowan Nielsen

My business partner and I created the concept of Fund a film; Aid an Island. We decided to make our first feature film, Nightrunners, by combining the popularity of horror/thriller genre films with a beautiful location and a team of Kenyan locals who are thrilled at the prospect of telling a story featuring their own culture while being paid to tell it.

The Last Maasai Warriors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It is a test of manhood from another time and place, with a modern twist: For 15-year-old Jackson Ntirkana to earn a chance to go to high school, he had to become a warrior first -- by killing a lion. Although born into a traditional nomadic Maasai family that tended livestock on the savannah, Ntirkana dreamed of going to school and becoming a politician, building bridges between his people and the rest of Kenya. Now Ntirkana and his friend are touring Canada promoting their joint autobiography, The Last Maasai Warriors.