February 12, 2016

My Dream: A Poem from Kibera School for Girls On International Day of the Girl [VIDEO]

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Eunice is in 5th grade at the Kibera School for Girls, and she is fiercely smart and creative. She lives in Kibera, Kenya, with her brother and parents, who grapple each day with the challenges inherent in urban settlements like unemployment.

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Are you looking to wed in Kenya? You could be in for a rude shock

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If you are preparing to hold your church wedding in November or December in keeping with the season-for-weddings tradition in Kenya, you could be in for a rude shock. Your marriage may fail to happen if your priest has not renewed his licence. With less than a month to the November 1 deadline, by which all clergymen must have acquired new licences and renewed their marriage certificate books, only about 1,000 church leaders had been cleared by Friday. This number is very low considering that the country is home to thousands of churches which conduct marriages. November and December being popular…

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Woman who died at JKIA did not have Ebola: Health CS


A passenger who died at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi shortly after arriving on a flight from Juba, South Sudan did not have Ebola. Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said samples tested negative for Ebola and Marburg, adding that further tests would be carried out. The passenger, a Kenyan woman, arrived at JKIA on Saturday. She was taken to the Port Health centre to be stabilised on arrival but succumbed to her illness. Director of Medical Services Dr Nicholas Muraguri told journalists the passenger was headed to Nairobi for an appointment with a gynaecologist. POOR EQUIPMENT The country…

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Texas hospital worker who dealt with Liberian patient tests positive for Ebola


(CNN) — A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola after a preliminary test, thestate’s health agency said. Confirmatory testing will be conducted Sunday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Test results are expected to be announced later in the day. The employee helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person ever diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died Wednesday. The health care worker is in stable condition, Texas Health Resources chief clinical officer Dan Varga said. The worker was involved in Duncan’s second visit to…

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[Photos] Gut-Wrenching Images Show The Brutal Reality Of The Ebola Outbreak In Liberia

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Grim news emerged in the battle against Ebola on Friday as the World Health Organization announced that more than 4,000 people have died from the disease since the outbreak began. Most cases were recorded in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The U.N. special envoy for Ebola, David Nabarro, explained the number of cases is probably doubling every three-to-four weeks and warned that it will be impossible to quickly combat the disease without mass mobilization of international support. Photographers John Moore and Mohammed Elshamy have been working on the front lines of the fight against the disease, documenting its brutal effects on patients…

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How bad debts opened door for Kenyan man’s great business


His first go at business was running a hardware. However, things did not go as anticipated and the venture went under leaving him struggling.  It is while looking for a way out of debt that Lawrence Mosa discovered he was a natural at selling “I ventured into property business by default. I had to sell a portion of land I owned to pay off debts from a hardware business venture that went under. In the process, the fellow I owed asked me to off load his land since he had seen how quickly I had sold mine,” says Lawrence Mosa….

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Kenya issues alert over Marburg virus which is similar to Ebola


The government has issued a Marburg alert after two suspected cases of the killer disease were reported to the Ministry of Health. At the same time, the government urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and avoid contact with anyone who has travelled from Uganda after a virus similar to the dreaded Ebola was confirmed in the neighbouring country. “Two suspected cases of Marburg have been reported to the Disease Outbreak Response Team. These were a man and a woman who had travelled from Uganda and developed fever and other symptoms that are similar to Marburg disease,” said Director of Medical Services…

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NYS to build houses for elderly women in Kibera Slum, ambitious plan of transforming slums


The ministry of devolution has announced plans to build modern housing units for elderly women in the Kibera slums. Making the announcement Friday after touring the slum, Devolution  cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru said the National Youth Service, currently carrying out various projects in the slum, will undertake the duty in the cause of next year. Waiguru said currently, the NYS is concentrating in a thorough clean up of the slum. “We are soon going to embark on infrastructure development including roads, electricity and water systems before we roll out the housing project,” said Waiguru. Waiguru said the housing projects will…

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Bishop Wanjiru talks of Raila betrayal, calls ODM leaders untrustworthy


Former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru has finally opened up about her turbulent times in ODM, after she was barred from running for the Nairobi governor’s seat. Wanjiru, a former assistant minister in the coalition government, said she was humiliated by the party she had fiercely defended, after ODM chose to support the current governor Evans Kidero. Wanjiru called ODM leaders, led by party leader Raila Odinga, untrustworthy. She said the party betrayed her and all the work she had put in to build  the party’s base in Nairobi. “The Nairobi governorship was mine and it remains mine,” the bishop said. Wanjiru accused ODM…

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Duo sets up platform to help Kenyans in Diaspora invest home easily


Ever since their university years, 21-year-old Leila Khalif and her 23-year-old classmate Edwin Nderitu have had desire to help Kenyans living in the diaspora easily invest back home. According to the two, both graduates in international relations from the United States International University (USIU) —Africa, while diaspora residents are looking to invest locally it is hectic to work out the nitty-gritty while living thousands of kilometres away. It is this ultimate vision that saw them set up an online platform which enables users to delegate tasks to the duo and track progress made. “Kenyans in the diaspora do not have…

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