FUM News Blog

A Response to the Lindi School Fire

Friends from the Lindi School, Nairobi Yearly Meeting, and Friends United Meeting are making plans for returning the Lindi School to functioning. The immediate plan is to have students resume classes on Monday. Two classes will be held in temporary structures on site, several classes will relocate to the Kibria Friends Church, and the students who are preparing to take the national examination will be integrated with the Friends School Ngong Road. A long-term plan is being developed for reconstruction. Given that the fire destroyed all books, school supplies, kitchen equipment, and furnishings, FUM has released $9000 from the Solidarity Fund to provide an immediate response. Friends who want to support this emergency response are invited to contribute

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Fire Destroys the Lindi School in Kibera Slum

On the evening of Sunday, July 24, fire destroyed the Lindi School run by Nairobi Yearly Meeting in Nairobi's Kibera slum. Friends worldwide are simply invited to pray with and for the students of the Lindi School, the teachers and other workers, and the local communities of Friends in Kibera and throughout Nairobi. Members of Nairobi Yearly Meeting, Lindi Friends Board, and FUM are scheduled to meet this week to assess the damage and determine our next steps—pray for these meetings to be filled with wisdom, peace, and hope. We will be putting out more information as these conversations develop.

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George Fox Students Visit Mt. Elgon

Nursing Students from George Fox University, led by their professor, Eloise Hocket, in collaboration with Friends Church Peace Team Coordinator Getry Agizah and Friends Church Kenya Education Secretary Ben Nasikungu, conducted a six-day health education training in seven Quaker schools across Kenya's Mt.Elgon region. The six-day training in different schools covered menstrual and reproductive health, first aid training, and dental hygiene. The team of six nurses visited both boys and girls schools and conducted the relevant trainings in each school.

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FCPT Puts Forward Election Observers

With barely a month left to the August 9 General Elections in Kenya, a number of electoral processes have reached high octane with Kenya’s Electoral Commission and other electoral institutions finalizing preparations for the August polls.

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Conflict Affects Friends Near Samburu Border

Warfare and cattle rustling among pastoralists in the arid and semi-arid areas of northeastern Kenya date back well into pre-colonial times. The border between the Samburu and Pokot communities has been plagued by perennial fighting over dwindling pasture and consequent retaliatory attacks. Not only are lives lost in these clashes, but properties are also destroyed, and residents are sometimes left homeless.

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Friends Participate in National Women's Peace Walk

Hundreds of women in Kakamega joined the rest of Kenya on 21 May by holding a peace walk to promote and advocate for peaceful elections. The walk, dubbed the “National Women’s Peace Walk,” was flagged off at the Kakamega County Commissioner’s Office.

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