#440 — Living in a Youthful Country — May 26, 2017

Young motorcycle taxi drivers waiting for customers. Many of these motorcycles are imported from China. See below. One of the major differences between living in Kenya versus the United States is the youthfulness of the Kenyan population compared to that in the US. First I will give some statistics to illustrate the overall context and then how this impacts the READ MORE

#439 — Bribery in Kenyan Elections — May 19, 2017

Voter being bribed after voting on her way back home from a primary election in Bungoma County on April 13, 2017. Request: We at Transforming Communities for Social Change would appreciate contributions to support our peacemaking efforts before the August 8 Kenyan election. At the bottom of this posting are the methods that donors can use to help with our READ MORE

#438 — The Difference is Death — May 12, 2017

Participants at a HROC basic workshop at Kihosha Secondary School in Bujumbura, Burundi. Sandy Grotberg, an Extended Service Volunteer a number of times who helped introduce AVP in Kenya, made a pertinent observation, namely, that the real difference between East Africa and the United States was that in East Africa people die. While life expectancy in the United States is READ MORE

Report from Kenya #437 — Kenya’s Primary Election — May 5, 2017

A voter placing his ballot for one of the positions at the Lumakanda ODM party primary. Last Sunday after two weeks plus five additional days, Kenya’s shambolic (a favorite Kenya word to describe the primary elections), chaotic primary party elections finished. Nonetheless there are interesting observations to be noted.  One or two days before the August 8 Kenya election, international READ MORE

#435 — Political Strategy for the Kenyan Elections — April 21, 2017

Monday, September 12, 2016 — President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto announcing the grand launch of the Jubilee Party at Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi. The current Kenyan government and its opposition have developed divergent strategies for winning the August 8, 2017 election – one large consolidated party for the former and a coalition of strong regional parties for READ MORE

#434 — Banning Plastic Bags — April 14, 2017

A dumping site in Nairobi choking with plastic shopping bags. PHOTO | FILE |  NATION MEDIA GROUP On March 15, Kenya’s Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary, Judi Wakhungu, announced that effective in September Kenya would ban plastic bags – again. The government tried to ban plastic bags in 2005, 2007 and 2011. Each time it failed because of lobbying READ MORE

#432 — The Fast Demographic Transition in Kenya — March 31, 2017

A Kenyan man with his two wives and fifteen children. AFP Photo / Alexander Joe. Note 1: You may now donate to TCSC through PayPal by clicking this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=L2D4FD44KQFR6 Note 2: Transforming Communities for Social Change partners with an organization called “Resilient Woman of Africa” in conducting Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities workshops in women’s prisons in Nairobi and READ MORE

#431 — The Decline and Rebirth of Lumakanda Friends Church — March 24, 2017

Lumakanda Friends Church and Monthly Meeting. Gladys and I have lived in Lumakanda for the past ten years. We have regularly attended Lumakanda Friends Church which is only a short walk from our house. Since a church must be in walking distance for the parishioners, the structure is slightly different from the United States. Lumakanda Monthly Meeting, the decision-making body, READ MORE