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Australian High Commission, Kenya
- On 9 July 2014, Assistant Secretary Mr Adam McCarthy visited the Caritas Australia child rights project funded under the Australia NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) in Korogocho, Nairobi. Caritas and the local NGO partner, Pendekezo Letu (PKL), are working with communities in informal settlements to improve their lives, with strategies including supporting rehabilitation of street girls, legal aid, child rights clubs, HIV/AIDS support groups, vocational skills training and economic empowerment especially of women. The project is achieving tangible benefits for communities, while ensuring sustainability of project outcomes.
Assistant Secretary Mr Adam McCarthy with staff from the Australian High Commission, Caritas and PKL in a meeting with members of Ushirika women support group
- The Australian Trade and Development Business Network is a new business network launched by Ms Bishop on 29 June. The network includes companies such as Beach Energy, San Remo Pasta, Coffey International, URS Limited and the ANZ Bank in partnership with the Institute for International Trade (IIT) at the University of Adelaide. A featured project under the network is a partnership by Beach Energy, Austraining International and IIT and the human resource gap linked to the mining sector.
- The Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth and Deputy Director of Kenyan Immigration, Mr Joseph Munwoki officially opened the Australian funded Document Examination Course (Doc 1) course at the Nyayo House training facility on 17 June 2014. Australia, as a member of the Nairobi Airline and Immigration Liaison (NAIL) team, is providing funding to a Document Examination Training Course for Kenyan border agencies. The joint initiative with the Embassy of the Netherlands is designed to increase the skills of Kenyan agencies with responsibilities for protecting Kenya’s land and air borders.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth with Deputy Director Mr Munwoki at the official opening of the Document Examination course at Nyayo House on 17 June
- The graduation ceremony of the first graduates of the International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate (IPPC) in Kenya was held on 16 June in Nairobi at the High Commission Chancery hosted by the High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth. Since 2012, IPPC has been established in Kenya by the University of Sydney in a formal collaboration with the Adventist University of Africa (AUA) which partners with the International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate to bring best practice knowledge, competencies and skills in child healthcare for doctors and suitably qualified nurses who care for children and young people.
H.E. Geoff Tooth with the graduands of the course, (from left to right) Nurse Mercy N Lingera, Nursing Officer in Charge, Karura SDA Dispensary, Adventist University of Africa; Nurse Newborn Gichana, Paediatric Nurse/Operating Theatre Nurse, Seventh Day Adventist Health Serivces; Dr Edna Kerubo Ngare, Clinical Medical Officer, The Nairobi Hospital; and Nurse Daniel Kiprotich Tirop, Health Ministries Director, East African Union of Adventist Churches
- Australian High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E. Geoff Tooth, opened the ACIAR Trees for Food Security Inception Workshop in Kampala, Uganda on 12 May 2014. The “Trees for Food Security” project - the first project by the Australian International Food Security Research Centre - has now expanded to Uganda after successful forays in Ethiopia and Rwanda.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth speaks at the opening of the Trees for Food Security Inception Workshop in Kampala, Uganda
- ANZAC Day was celebrated in Nairobi with a dawn service at the Nairobi War Cemetery, followed by a light breakfast. The service was well attended by government officials, diplomats and Australians. A service was also held in Juba, South Sudan by the ADF contingent serving under the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The ANZAC service at the Nairobi War Cemetery
- Australia's High Commissioner to Rwanda, H.E. Geoff Tooth, visited the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Project by World Vision in Rwanda on 9 April 2014. He also visited a Village based Child Nutritional Center (VCNC) in Rugarama Village, Kigabiro Cell of Gicumbi District in Rwanda. Children under five years not enrolled in school are gathered in a place where a daily and balanced food is prepared by trained mothers.
- The Australian Volunteers for International Development program provides the Australian community with opportunities to share skills and foster linkages with people and organisations in developing countries. Read selected stories from AVID volunteers in Kenya, who share their experiences of working in a developing country.
- On 20 April, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms Julie Bishop MP announced that the Australian Government will provide an additional $7.8 million for communities affected by the dire humanitarian situation and continuing unrest in South Sudan. With this announcement Australia’s funding of humanitarian assistance to South Sudan since its independence will total $50 million. Australia’s contribution will deliver life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable communities. It covers $5 million for food and logistics support for the humanitarian community’s relief effort through the United Nations World Food Programme. It also includes $2.8 million for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide shelter, healthcare, food, water and sanitation for the estimated 270,000 South Sudanese who have fled to neighbouring countries. More information is available on the Foreign Minister’s webpage at http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140412.aspx?ministerid=4.
- On 15 April 2014, the Australian High Commission held a reception to celebrate the first anniversary of the Kenyan Australian Alumni Association (KAAA) and welcome home 11 recent Australia Awards graduates from Australia. The reception was attended by senior Kenyan Government officials including the Deputy Director, Directorate of Public Service Management, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Australia Awards alumni and privately funded scholars who studied in Australia.
(from left) Mr Mahul Shah, KAAA Chairman; Mrs Margaret Muia, Deputy Director, Directorate of Public Service Management, Ministry of Devolution and Planning; Dr Angela Gichaga, Australia Awards Alumnus; and H.E. Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner cut the cake to celebrate the first anniversary of the Kenya Australia Alumni Association
- The Australian Ambassador to Somalia, H.E. Geoff Tooth, visited Somaliland from 1 to 3 April 2014 and met with the President of Somaliland and other senior government officials to discuss issues of security and piracy among other issues. The Ambassador also visited Mandera and Hargeisa prisons and was keen to work closely with the Government in the future.
Ambassador H.E. Geoff Tooth lays the foundation stone at the Mandera Prison in Somaliland
- On 25 March 2014, the Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth, witnessed an insurance payout for pastoralists in Wajir County. The Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) is believed to be the first livestock insurance product designed and targeted at nomadic pastoralists in Africa. This risk management product covers drought-related livestock mortality in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). Also on 20 March 2014, the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Geoff Tooth joined World Vision on a mission to assess the progress of the Australia-supported Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) Project in Mogotio, Baringo County. FMNR seeks to improve food security and enhance the communities' capacity to adapt to climate change as well as to take part in restoration of the degraded environment thus strengthening household resilience. The visit aimed at showcasing how the project has transformed the lives of the beneficiary local farmers and their families.
- On 23 March 2014, Senior Program Manager (Scholarships) Mr Asif Khan from the Australian High Commission attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australia Alumni Association-Uganda (A3-U) held at the Protea Hotel in Kampala. The meeting was also attended by A3-U Committee board members, the outgoing Chair, Mr Patrick Barugahare (who is also an Alumni Ambassador of the Australia Awards in Africa) and Mr Patrick Bitature, A3-U’s patron and Australia’s Honorary Consul in Uganda. The AGM was followed by a reception to welcome home two recently returned Australia Awards graduates, and was attended by around 40 Alumni.
Mr Patrick Bitature, Australia's Honorary Consul in Uganda (in light blue jacket); Mr Aggrey Kagonyera, incoming Chair of the Australia Alumni Association - Uganda Chapter (A3-U) (in half sleeved blue shirt); and Mr Asif Khan, Senior Program Manager, Australia Awards (suit & tie) with members of the newly elected incoming committee of the A3-U at the Protea Hotel in Uganda
- The Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC), part of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), held a cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of its new office at Eaton Place, Gigiri in Nairobi on 17 March 2014. The new offices were launched by the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Geoff Tooth.
(from left) Dr Simon Carter, IDRC Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa; His Excellency Geoffrey Tooth, Australian High Commissioner to Kenya; Mr Jean Lebel, IDRC President; Dr. Willy Mutunga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya; and His Excellency David Angell, Canadian High Commissioner cut the cake to celebrate the launch of ACIAR's new office location
- Tropfest Australia came to Kenya for the first time from 23 March to 25 March as part of an African tour that included South Africa and Zimbabwe. Two screenings of award-winning and finalist films were held at the Kamukunji Grounds in Kibera and at the Alliance Francaise in downtown Nairobi. International Managing Director, Mr Michael Laverty, also facilitated workshops for young emerging filmmakers at local film schools which were very well received, particularly at Hot Sun Foundation.
Mr Michael Laverty facilitates a workshop session for young emerging filmmakers at the Hot Sun Foundation offices on Lang'ata Road on Tuesday, 25 March on the intricacies of running a short film festival
- Senator the Hon Brett Mason held a farewell reception at Old Parliament House for 116 volunteers soon to depart to developing countries, including Kenya. The group was in Canberra to undergo training and make final preparations for their volunteering assignments. Below are the latest AVID volunteers who have arrived in Kenya.
(from left to right) Australian Volunteers in International Development (AVID) volunteers Claire Lyster, Simon Crump, Michelle Engels, and Anusha Witt with officials from the Kenyan High Commission in Canberra
- The new Australian Government under Prime Minister Tony Abbott has introduced a new policy for managing unauthorised maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). Click here for further information on the new policy, and for a factsheet on the new government policy. On 3 December the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison, announced a cap on the number of permanent protections visas (class XA) which can be issued to persons found to be owed protection who arrived by boat before 19 July 2013.
- The Kenya Australian Alumni Association was launched in April 2013 and with over 300 prospective members, it provides a forum for networking and sharing ideas. The Association will also promote Australian scholarships and support development efforts in Kenya. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australia Alumni Association of Uganda was launched in 2012 to act as a platform through which members of the Association can network and interact as a group. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australian High Commission's Passports Section counter will now operate from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday.
- The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Geoff Tooth, was interviewed on Australia's trade and commercial links, education and tourism exchanges, and Australia's assistance to humanitarian programs in the East African region. Watch his interview here.
- Australia has appointed Honorary Consuls in Tanzania and Uganda. For information and contact details, click here.
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