Blogs tagged as communications

  • Kenya Visit

    on the road. except it’s not really a road, just red, dusty land where other vehicles may have driven. first experience of a properly african toilet – only now do I fully appreciate the importance of practical action’s sanitation projects. just given my mandazi to a little boy with dusty feet and torn clothes. he seems so unsatisfied with this – as am I. I want to do so much more.

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  • Kenya Visit

    anyone who thinks NGOs just drive round africa in huge four by fours – you are wrong. I am currently in van that would at best be described as rickety.

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  • Kenya Visit


    August 9th, 2011

    it’s 4:20am here in kenya & i am up getting ready for our 1000km drive across difficult terrain to visit our practical action mandera office, & drought & famine affected areas in northern kenya. We will not arrive until 10am on wednesday morning. very excited abut also incredibly apprehensive about this part of our adventure. I think we will be seeing real poverty, & very real desperation

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  • Kenya Visit


    August 8th, 2011

    amazing first day in nairobi…so many opportunities to find out more about practical action’s work here & feeling full of new ideas. just returned to hotel after delicious food at a v.lovely ethiopian restaurant to read all about the london riots. dont understand what’s happening at all. tomorrow i am travelling to mandera where people have so little – no clean water, limited food supplies & dying animals. tell me, what do londoners have to riot about?

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  • Kenya Visit

    just been finding out about the kibera library that practical action is building – it’s the first library to be built in an african slum – an incredible achievement and i can’t wait to go and see it

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  • Kenya Visit


    August 8th, 2011

    please vote for practical action’s climate change film ‘glimpses of hope’ so we can win the award for best video of climate change: http://www.climate-change.tv/v​ideo-award#7156

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  • Kenya Visit


    August 8th, 2011

    good morning nairobi! – just had monday morning stand up with colleagues in the practical action office. busy day ahead…

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  • Kenya Visit

    arrived at hotel – so tired after over 1 hr at passport control even though the lovely passport man “let me a kenyan citizen for the day” (his words not mine) and allowed me in the fast track queue for kenyan nationals. eating liquorice all sorts now – they’re strangely comforting. ready for bed and a day of meeting my practical action kenya colleagues tomorrow!

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  • Kenya Visit

    Together with Gemma Hume, Communications Officer for Practical Action, over the next few weeks I am visiting Practical Action’s work in Kenya. I am so excited about seeing our projects in action and about visiting Africa for the very first time. I will be writing very brief updates about our trip here on this blog. Please do follow our adventure!

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  • Since when did the suffering of 12 million people stop being headline news?

    This morning before work I spent my usual few moments educating myself about today’s news on the BBC website.

    I was especially interested in reading the latest about the Horn of Africa drought and famine because in five days I will be travelling to Kenya myself to visit a range of Practical Action’s projects. My trip will include four days in Mandera, an area in the very north of the country, and one which is severely affected by the worst drought in 60 years.

    However, it took me much longer than I expected to read news about the drought. In fact, it took me four mouse clicks to reach any sort of update about the current crisis. The drought does not even headline the Africa section of the BBC news page.

    This horrifies me perhaps even more than I can express. Since when did the suffering of 12 million people stop being headline news?

    When reading the comments section underneath virtually every article on Africa and development and poverty on any mainstream news website, there is a worryingly high number of opinions along the lines of “Africa brings its poverty on itself”, “it’s not the West’s problem anymore, we’ve done enough”, “charity begins at home”, “just give them condoms” and a whole host of other ill-thought out, lazy and ignorant attitudes.

    Of course development has its problems. But when the lives of 12 million people – and most of these children – are at risk these do not matter.

    You have two choices. Bury your head in the sand and ignore the suffering of so many because it has nothing to do with you – which is a very easy choice, as demonstrated by the absence of the crisis from mainstream news. 

    Or support relief efforts of other NGOs, and the long-term development work of Practical Action.

    You can give, and try to help.

    Or you can choose not to. And more many innocent girls and boys from Africa will die.

    I will be reporting from Kenya throughout my time there. Stay tuned.

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