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Drought in Kenya — Hoes for Kulesa

(Excerpt from our printed "Christmas 2011 Newsletter")

Author: D. Elsner. Updated version. Original English version first published November 15, 2011.

Hoes for Kulesa.
Hoes for Kulesa.
Dear friends and sponsors of our society:
Our African partners in the villages of Kulesa, Wema, and Baharini celebrate Christmas together with their large families. This year, however, all is different with no one thinking anymore of Christmas presents. Pastor Joel B. from Kulesa informed us that this year's devastating drought and two subsequent crop failures have been causing severe famine in the region. Parents are now instead looking for their families' daily bread instead of having time for Christmas gifts.

In the society's governing board we discussed how we could best help in this situation. Financial support alone appears to be too limited and shortsighted this year. The message of Christmas calls for sustainability. The shipment of 500 hoes for digging up and hoeing the hardened soil would be adequate. A local business sponsored the hoes depicted on the right. Our part consists in financing the shipping costs to Kenya. The subsistence farmers in the villages mentioned are already anticipating this useful Christmas donation. This year this constitutes our Christmas present.
Please do give your generous donation which is needed for financing both the hoes' shipping to Africa and the other aid programs.

We wish all of you a blessed Christmas
Yours sincerely

Dietrich Elsner (Honorary Chairman)
and all board members of the society.

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2011 Agenda

Office of Foerderkreis Kenia Freudenstadt e.V., Germany. Sequel to first English version of 2011 agenda, originally published December 04, 2010.

February 05, 2011; in Kulesa, Kenya:
OPENING OF THE KULESA BEEKEEPING PROJECT
In February 2011, several members of our society took part in the opening ceremony of the new beekeeping project that we are sponsoring in Kulesa village, Kenya. » Read the short report.

Saturday, June 25, 2011; in Freudenstadt:

Visitors to the society
PARTICIPATION IN FREUDENSTADT'S ANNUAL AFRICA FESTIVAL
From 08:30 a.m through 8 p.m. the society participated again in the Africa festival, presenting its information stand near Freudenstadt town church. For a selection of images taken on this occasion, see our » 2011 news and reports page.
Starting at 6 p.m., the festival was concluded by a special
CHARITY CONCERT OF THE KUMBAYA GOSPEL CHOIR REUTLINGEN
which took place in the Protestant Town Church, Freudenstadt. The proceeds of the concert were used for supporting the aid projects of Foerderkreis Kenia Freudenstadt e.V..
Entrance fees: 10 Euros (adults), 8 Euros (minors and those eligible). Ticket sales started at 5 p.m.
All those interested in supporting our work in Africa were invited to join in, see some of the images available here: » Gospel concert 2011.

Kumbaya Gospel Choir Reutlingen
Kumbaya Gospel Choir Reutlingen.
Image used with the choir's
permission
(click image for more detailed view)

Impressions from Freudenstadt Town Church
Saturday, August 13, 2011, starting 12:30 a.m.:
VOLUNTEERS' FAMILY FEST 2011
Members, friends of the society and their families are invited to come to the volunteers' family fest (including barbecue; the opportunity for informal talks with society members; and more). For information on how to participate you may contact the society's office.

Saturday, November 19, 2011, at 2 p.m.:
Private 2011 ANNUAL MEETING of the society's members (members will receive all necessary details beforehand, including meeting place directions and the agenda).

Information on additional meetings and topics will be published on this page soon.

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Message from Jonka Nursery in Nakuru, Kenya

Office of Foerderkreis Kenia Freudenstadt e.V., Germany. Updated version. Original English version first published November 14, 2011.

The parents of Jonka Nursery in Nakuru expressed their thanks for the regular meals their children get there. The nursery, situated in a low-income neighborhood in the Kenyan highland town of Nakuru, is partly sponsored by our society.

Jonka Nursery in Nakuru, Kenya.



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Visit to the New Beekeeping Project in Kulesa

Office of Foerderkreis Kenia Freudenstadt e.V., Germany. Updated version. Original English version first published May 10, 2011.

IN FEBRUARY 2011, four members of our society visited Kulesa, a village in the Tana River region, in order to participate in the opening ceremony of a new beekeeping project, which is receiving financial support from us.
The residents of the village welcomed us in the friendliest manner, showing us the new beekeeping house erected for protecting the hives. After the opening ceremony, we were presented with an amazingly friendly visitors' program including dancing, and singing. A selection of pictures shot during this occasion is available here (for a more detailed view you may click the individual images):
Visit to Kulesa
Visit to Kulesa
Opening ceremony of the bee house
Opening ceremony of the bee house
Future beekeepers
Future beekeepers
Beehive boxes containing the honeycombs (inside building)
Beehive boxes containing the honeycombs (inside building)
Beehive boxes in their treetop home.
Beehive boxes in their treetop home.
Beekeeper
Beekeeper
Meeting at the new bee house
Meeting at the new bee house
Visiting program
Visiting program
Village dancing party
Village dancing party

After having obtained new bee swarms, honey production is expected to start during the next months. We will keep you informed on the beekeeping project on our society's Internet page. You are also invited to visit our information stand for obtaining additional background information on this and our other projects on June 25, 2011, during Freudenstadt's Africa Festival. Our information tent including updated billboards and supplementary material will be set up right in front of Freudenstadt's town church building.
All visitors are welcome!

Addendum: first honey collected August 2011: In the meantime, the Kenyan pastor acting on our behalf in Kulesa reported that a first batch of honey was successfully collected in August 2011. We are planning, therefore, to extend the honeybee project next year.


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Our Café-and-Information Tent — Freudenstadt Africa Festival 2011

Office of Foerderkreis Kenia Freudenstadt e.V., Germany. Updated version. Original English version first published July 18, 2011.

Guests of the society and all interested parties were invited to dine at the society's café-and-information tent thereby supporting our work in Africa.
Guests of the society and all interested parties were invited to dine at the society's café-and-information tent thereby supporting our work in Africa.

View of the society's café-and-information tent with billboard on work in Africa visible on the left.
View of the society's café-and-information tent with billboard on work in Africa visible on the left.

Society members selling coffee, cake, German sausages, and non-alcoholic drinks.
Society members selling coffee, cake, German sausages, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Numerous individuals were visiting the society's information stand, often entering into lively discussions with our members.
Numerous individuals were visiting the society's information stand, often entering into lively discussions with our members.

Example of one of the society's information billboards (in front of Freudenstadt town church).
Example of one of the society's information billboards (in front of Freudenstadt town church).


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Impressions from the Gospel Concert

Office of Foerderkreis Kenia Freudenstadt e.V., Germany. Updated version. Original English version first published July 18, 2011.

Introductory speech of one of the society's board members on occasion of opening the gospel concert.
Introductory speech of one of the society's board members on occasion of opening the gospel concert.

Gospel concert.
Gospel concert.

Speech of the society's honorary chairman, retired school dean Dietrich Elsner.
Speech of the society's honorary chairman, retired school dean Dietrich Elsner.

The concert was accompanied by the rhythm of African drums, dancing and singing.
The concert was accompanied by the rhythm of African drums, dancing and singing.

Musicians.
Musicians.

Kumbaya Gospel Choir.
Kumbaya Gospel Choir.

All guests were invited to participate with dancing and singing.
All guests were invited to participate with dancing and singing.


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