Kenya: The Project for Rehabilitation of Street-children through Organic Farming, 8th of February 2017 in the amount of 74,605 US Dollars

The Government of Japan has been providing funds to local non-profit organizations through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989.

Today, the official handover ceremony of The Project for Rehabilitation of Street-children through Organic Farming, a GGP project, was held at Magogoni Town, Ngoliba Location, Kiambu County. The Grant Contract for this project was signed on 8th of February 2017 in the amount of 74,605 US Dollars, (approximately 7.6 million Kshs). The grant is for the construction of a rehabilitation home for drug-addicted street children.

Prior to the project, Moyo Children Centre (MCC) was unable to provide drug-addicted children with the individualized attention that they need for successful rehabilitation. Moyo Children Centre constructed a new facility near Mogogoni Town that will house five children and Moyo staff (counselors, social workers, and caretaker). While at the rehabilitation home, the children will work with local social workers, Ms. Terumi Matsushita, Director and Founder of Moyo Children Centre, and the Department of Children’s Services on their recovery, while learning employable farming skills with the assistance of Sub-County Extension officers.

Moyo Children Centre has been working with street children in Thika County since 1999. The Centre is supported by over 1,200 individual sponsors and donors from Japan and around the world, and routinely receives medical doctors, teachers, and other volunteers from Japan.

During the ceremony, Ms. Matsushita and representatives of Moyo Children Centre thanked the Government of Japan for its support. They shared the importance of showing love and affection to former street children and thanked the community of Magogoni for showing up in large numbers to support the children today.

While giving his remarks, Mr. Yo Ito, First Secretary of Japan to the Republic of Kenya congratulated Moyo for receiving the grant. He expressed his thanks to Ms. Matsushita for her tireless work of bringing together the peoples of Japan and Kenya to provide a home for the street-boys of Kiambu County. While specifically addressing the boys, he advised them to learn as many practical skills as possible while at the Centre in order to improve their future lives. In closing, Mr. Ito requested the community members to take personal responsibility for the wellbeing of the boys.

Information on the Ceremony
Project: The Project for Rehabilitation of Street-Children through Organic Farming
Grantee: Moyo Children Centre
Grant Amount: USD 74,605 (~7.6 Million Kshs)
Event: Handover Ceremony
Date: Friday, 12th January 2018
Time: 10:00hrs – 13:00hrs
Venue: Magogoni Town, Ngoliba Location, Thika Sub-County, Kiambu County
Key Personalities: Mr. Yo Ito, First Secretary of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
Hon. Patrick Wainaina (M.P Thika Constituency), Represented by Mr. John Njuguna

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of Japan in Kenya.

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Seychelles: President Faure receives the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Representative for Eastern Africa to Seychelles

The President of the Republic, Mr. Danny Faure, met with the new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, Mr. Amado Philip De Andres, during a courtesy visit to State House this afternoon.

The President welcomed Mr. De Andres to Seychelles and congratulated him on his appointment as the new UNODC Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, which covers Seychelles and 13 other countries. He also conveyed his appreciation to UNODC for having been a key and faithful partner to Seychelles over the years.

“I would like to thank UNODC for all its support throughout the years. UNODC has been working with Seychelles since 2009, helping to boost our capabilities with regards to law and order. I would like to sincerely express our gratitude to UNODC as it was very much a reliable partner when we were in need. I am confident that Seychelles and UNODC will continue this active cooperation in Maritime Security and other areas,” said President Faure.

During the meeting, the delegation briefed the President on upcoming projects and new areas of cooperation set to further consolidate existing relations in areas of mutual interest. These areas include an increased presence of UNODC in Seychelles through the setting up of an office for a permanent UNODC representative, support for the Maritime Security Strategy, combatting drug trafficking, Drug Demand Reduction Strategy with a combined approach from both Law Enforcement and Health, prison reforms, and the possibility of developing new avenues such as capacity building in the anti-corruption sector.

Mr. De Andres will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and leaves the country tomorrow.

Also present for the meeting at State House today was the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Head of the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), Mr. Alan Cole, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Programme Coordinator Regional Office for South Asia, Mr. Shanaka Jayasekara.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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South Africa: Statement by Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Buti Manamela Regarding Long Queues at Peter Mokaba Staduim

Statement by Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Buti Manamela Regarding Long Queues at Peter Mokaba Staduim:

I am aware of the long queues at Peter Mokaba Stadium and have asked the Principal to go and speak to them and allay their fears. There is no need to be in the queues overnight as all students will be allowed to apply for available spaces tomorrow from 6am.

I am pleased at the demand for education by our youth, and excited that we are indeed making education fashionable. I also advise that those who can, should consider approaching Waterberg and Lephalale TVET who still have spaces available.

@HigherEduGovZA will do everything in its power to ensure that we assist the colleges to run a smooth registration system. This also shows that TVET colleges should invest in better IT systems to ensure smooth and hassle free registration process.

I will be visiting the pop-up registration Centre at the Peter Mokaba Stadium this morning to monitor the registration process. I urge students to cooperate with staff and management of the institution so that we conclude the registration process quickly.

I also urge political parties to exercise restraint in their communications and not heighten tensions in an already volatile and emotional situation. At the end of the day, the education of the African Child remains our priority.

We should not prey on the anxiety of poor and working class young people whose only interest is to access free education. Let’s all work together to achieve this and build a better South Africa.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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British Embassy in Addis Ababa hosts Cranfield University Alumni event

On 13th January , The British Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted an event for the UK’s Cranfield University Alumni in Ethiopia.

The Alumni group comprised military officers and government officials from across East Africa, including many Ethiopians, who have completed an Executive Masters programme in Security Sector Management. The Masters is delivered by the Cranfield University, the academic partner of the UK Defence Academy, and was first delivered in Addis Ababa in 1999.

The event brought together former students of the University and academic speakers. They shared experiences and enjoyed healthy debate and discussion.

Professor Ron Matthews, a world leading security and development economist, and Ian Westerman, Cranfield University academic spoke on ‘‘Defence Economics in Developmental States” and “Challenging Huntingtonian Thinking: Alternative Civil–Military Relations and Successful Defence Transformations” respectively.

Defence Attaché Col. Matt Munro said:

“I am delighted to be hosting Cranfield University Alumni today here at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is one of the UK’s strategic partners in global peace and security. We have been, and are keen to continue, helping improve the capacity of our partners. I believe this event will help Cranfield Alumni in Ethiopia gain insights from well known experts in the area.”

Notes to Editors

The UK has long supported Ethiopia’s peacekeeping capability through the Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC), based in Addis Ababa. Our joint work will help strengthen UN and AU peace operations both in the Horn and globally.

The Cranfield University courses help individuals to acquire and apply skills and knowledge to past and present challenges in a range of transitional societies. In addition to exploring the critical linkage between the security, development and management disciplines, the course provides a strong foundation for translating policy into effective programmes and plans.

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