#599 — The Red Balloon

Watching movies together on my laptop. From left, Rembo (4), Griffin (12), Brian (6), me (ancient), Trinah (6), and Faith(7). My posting last week on the book, Totto-chan, was well received. I thought that I might give additional suggestions for possibilities of children and adults during this time of home isolation. When I grew up in Clayton, Missouri, the school READ MORE

#597 — Totto-chan: The Girl at the Window

I guess I don’t always have to write about Kenya or Africa, so today is an American/Japanese story. In 1985 I moved to Nyack, New York, and attended Rockland Friends Meeting. As soon as I moved my membership from Pittsburgh Meeting to Rockland Meeting, I was appointed to the Ministry and Worship Committee. At that time I was 41 years READ MORE

#596 — Update on Covid-19 in Kenya

Police officers control traffic at a roadblock at Lukenya area in Athi River following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that people should not travel in or out of Nairobi metropolitan area. [Peterson Githaiga, Standard] Current count in Kenya as of Thursday, April 9: 184 confirmed cases, 7 deaths, and 12 recovered. This is an increase in the last week of 74 READ MORE

#594 — The Economic Impact of Coronavirus on Kenya

Three new hand-washing stations in front of shops in Lumakanda. ***** Note: The Friends Women’s Association in Burundi has produced a wonderful three minute video on their International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8. You can view it here. ***** This Report from Kenya covers the economic consequences in Kenya of the coronavirus epidemic. The first “blow” occurred on March READ MORE

#592 — Coronavirus: Report from Kenya

A health worker wearing a protective gear prepares to disinfect the matatu [min-bus] in which the first Kenyan Covid-19 patient travelled to Ongata Rongai. PHOTO | YASUYOSHI CHIBA | AFP  Kenya recorded its first coronavirus case last Thursday, March 12. A 27 year old Kenyan woman flew from Cleveland to Chicago to London to Nairobi on March 5. She became READ MORE

Clean Energy Africa #16 — Sub-Saharan Africa’s Transition to Renewables

“Home solar systems have been the biggest innovation in Africa” Reminder:   Donate to the HROC-Center’s project, Trauma Healing and Reconciliation in Rwanda, click on goto.gg/44648. ***** Note: Renewable Watch is a magazine based in New Delhi, India, which asked me to give my opinions on renewable energy in Africa. The “interview” was not a live one, but rather a list READ MORE

#591 — Details from the 2019 Kenyan Census

Kenya held its ten-year census in August 2019 and released it preliminary results last November. At that time I wrote in my Report from Kenya Kenya’s 2019 Census is Way Down from Projections (see here) that the actual number was 47,564,000, while the United Nations Population Division (UNPD) had an estimate of 52,574,000. This was a whooping 5 million (over READ MORE