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Oct 20, 2012

Hal writes: ‘This summer I travelled to Kenya for nine weeks; six of them spent with the Order of Malta and Malteser International. My only previous experience of Africa had been Morocco and Egypt. I got a really good feel for East Africa whilst volunteering for the Order of Malta in various projects for them across Kenya. From the Malteser International TB and HIV clinics in the slums of Nairobi to the Lamu Hospital, I got a taste of just about everything.

What I most enjoyed was my work with Malteser International in Soweto Kayole and Kangemi, which are two slum areas of Nairobi. The staff in both health clinics were great and whilst working alongside them you got a real sense of the community helping each other

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Baby Trevor & Baby Faith

Oct 15, 2012

Baby Trevor is now 21 months old. Although his development is a little delayed he is progressing well. He is getting much stronger physically and beginning to stand - it will not be long now until he walks alone.

He remains extremely healthy - other than the normal childhood coughs and colds that all children experience - and has not needed to visit the pediatric heart specialist for many months.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL HYGIENE PROJECT

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Oct 6, 2012

In September 2012 we provided hand washbasins to Gitiba Primary School in Dagoretti Village near Nairobi. The trough-like basins have 20 push taps (to avoid water wastage) and 4 liquid soap dispensers.

These are positioned adjacent to the pupil’s toilets, with a 10,000 litre water tank that is filled by the city council each week. Those who generously donated in memory of Gianfranco Cicogna Mozzoni have made all of this possible.


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Gianfranco's Memorial

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Sep 12, 2012

The life of Gianfranco was celebrated in Nairobi by many of his Kenya friends on Saturday 8th September. It was the most beautiful setting and a wonderfully sunny day. The guests were seated on hay bales under the Kenyan sky, with views of the Ngong Hills in the background.

Several people spoke about their fond memories of Gianfranco. The guests represented many of the friends that he made during his 36 years of association with Kenya.

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GIANFRANCO CICOGNA MOZZONI

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Aug 13, 2012

29 September 2012 - 30 June 2012

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Gianfranco, the Order of Malta’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya. He died in an accident on the morning of Saturday 30th June 2012 whilst flying his plane in an air display in South Africa.

Gianfranco’s passion for Kenya began aged 13 when he first visited Kenya. From that time on his love for the country deepened. When he became a Knight of the Order of Malta he saw that he could do more for the welfare of the Kenyan people by negotiating a bilateral relation between the two governments.

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MALTESER INTERNATIONAL

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Aug 5, 2012

Severe drought in East Africa: One year later
Helping nomad communities become resistant to droughts

One year after responding to a devastating drought followed by a major food crisis in the Horn of Africa, Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s worldwide humanitarian relief agency, is working to prevent future water and food crises in northern Kenya by helping residents prepare for upcoming droughts.

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BABY TREVOR & BABY FAITH

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Aug 3, 2012
Reports from the family of Baby Trevor are that he is continuing to develop well. His physical development is slightly delayed due to having been so ill as a young baby, however he is now beginning to get strength in his legs and pull himself up to a standing position. It won’t be long until he is walking! He continues to give great joy to his parents and sisters and is a wonderfully happy and content little boy.
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VOLUNTEERS

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Aug 1, 2012

We have been very lucky to currently have 3 volunteers helping us this summer.

Tuohy Ahern is in Kenya for 6 months and is the friend of the daughter of Ambassador Robert Shafer. Ambassador Shafer is the Order of Malta’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York. Tuohy has recently completed a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and is a great help with the charitable projects of the Embassy. Her focus is establishing a new project in a slum village on the edge of Nairobi and carrying out the necessary due diligence giving reassurance to our donors. Tuohy is wonderfully enthusiastic and great fun. It is a pleasure to have her in the office and her commitment to the work is gratefully received.

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EXPERIENCES OF A VOLUNTEER IN LAMU

May 17, 2012

It was a balmy 90 degrees when my flight touched down at Lamu airport off the northern coast of Kenya, just sixty miles south of the Somali border on Valentines Day just after midday. This was to be my home for the next two and a half months. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do down here and if indeed there was going to be enough to keep me occupied; little did I know.

My lovely friend Alice Murphy, whom I had been working with at a Mother Teresa home in Ethiopia and is the First Secretary to the Order Of Malta Embassy in Kenya, had introduced me to Dr. Nurein who is in charge and one of only two doctors who works in the huge and massively under-utilised King Fayd hospital on the island. Alice also gave me an introduction to a Spanish girl called Maria who runs Anidan, a local orphanage.

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BABY TREVOR

Apr 17, 2012
We are pleased to report that Baby Trevor continues to thrive. Our most recent visit to see him was on Easter Saturday and we were met by a healthy boy of 15 months. He continues to eat well and is growing fast. He is not yet walking, but he appears to be developing well in other areas.
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MALTESER INTERNATIONAL

Mar 1, 2012

Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s Worldwide Relief, continues to play a central role in providing assistance to the people of Kenya in many different ways.

The Nairobi Slums Project continues to provide testing, diagnosis and treatment for HIV and Tuberculosis in eight slums of Nairobi. With a catchment of 3million people the impact is enormous. The medical professionals in the Health Centres are greatly assisted by the team of 48 Community Health Workers who visit the very sick patients in their homes and spend much time ensuring that all the patients are taking their medication, as well as making sure that community is aware of the symptoms of the diseases and where treatment is available.

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COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

Feb 6, 2012
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERSOn 12th September 2011 there was a terrible fire in the Sinai village of Mukuru slum in Nairobi. This is one of the areas where we operate a TB and HIV project and we have 6 Community Health Workers there. The fire started when an oil pipeline exploded. Although Kenyan law states that no dwelling should be built within 55 feet of an oil pipeline many of the makeshift homes were built directly on top of it causing deaths to over 100 people, with many more losing their homes.
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FUNDRAISING

Jan 25, 2012
We are so grateful to Catherine Fox for her excellent efforts in running a half marathon in October. All the sponsorship money that she received she donated to the work of the Order of Malta in Lamu. So far she has raised the incredible sum of £1335, which has enabled us to provide some basic household items and furniture in the Doctors House in preparation for a team of volunteer doctors to arrive in mid February.
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