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“Hope for the Homeless Evokation” by Agent Luke Sokolewicz

“Hope for the Homeless Evokation” by Agent Luke Sokolewicz

Dear Luke, I…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on May 19, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Season 2 Mission 1

SEASON 2 EPISODE 1

KENYA

An old man who by himself carries one load on the head and another in his hand, must have played away his youth - African proverb

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PANEL A

News reader highlighting the summary from the Africa leader’s summit. Before and after satellite photographs have revealed the speed of environmental destruction across the continent - glaciers, lakes and forests have disappeared from Africa at an alarming rate. The loss of ice on Mount Kilimanjaro, the… Continue

Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on May 12, 2010 at 4:49pm — 2 Comments

UE Manifesto

In thinking of this Quest, my first question to myself was "What is a Manifesto?" Although I use this word frequently, I was not able to provide a simple answer. Intensive research (read Wiki) indicatethat a manifesto is simply a paper written to explain what you are all about, why you believe what you believe, what your plans are, your purpose, direction and statement of life. This sounded pretty heavy to me but here goes nothing ...

Urgent Evoke is an international network…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on May 12, 2010 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Evoke Season II

Qn1: WHICH great challenges and social problems should the EVOKE Network tackle next?

  • In Season II Evoke should look at access to quality education, health, wealth creation, youth engagement in action, wildlife/bidodiversity, monetization of local innovation, technology for social development.

Qn2: WHERE in the world should the network try to build up new EVOKE communities?

  • Evoke communities should be build across the globe.

Qn3:…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on May 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Flu Epidemic

"Flu Epidemic killing Kenyans" the headlines in all the daily newspapers scream. Although the reports carry some truth, no helpful solution is offered to the hundreds of thousands of readers on where they can access additional help and information. It is time for an Urgent Evoke!

A****sing the situation to see that although a lot of people have a lot of questions (frequently the same questions), there is no clear place where they can find…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on May 12, 2010 at 9:56am — No Comments

Communicating a Crisis

The section on outbreak communication in Learn 9 covers how journalists SHOULD report responsibly during crisis. This is a very important issue especially when one looks at the role the media – particularly community radio stations - supposedly played in “fuelling” various crisis eg. The Rwandan genocide and the post-election violence in…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on May 2, 2010 at 8:22pm — 2 Comments

Beaded Bracelet

Phew! I have finally completed my creation - an beaded bracelet made mainly from beads. Throughout the world, ethnic groups are characterized and identified by dress and ornamentation. My paternal grandmother (who sadly died before I was born and after whom I am named) was maasai, a tribe widely known for their beautiful beadwork.

Maasai have been creating jewelery since 1900, mostly for its beauty, which is a very important aspect of Maasai culture. Traditionally local raw…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on May 2, 2010 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Open Letter to all UE Agents

Dear Agent,

I write to you today to ask for your help. This week, my blog Visions for Africa…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 29, 2010 at 6:33pm — 3 Comments

10 Tactics

Week 9 seemed so far away in March when I signed up for UE – my how time flies when you are having funJ.…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 29, 2010 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

The Harambee Spirit Community Loan

The Mazera’s Community Bank which has been operating in Kenya for the past 5 years. Today, the Bank has launched the Harambee Spirit Community Loan with the aim of encouraging communities to support their youth to implement income generating social development projects. The loan will be piloted in Mazera’s District after which the Bank is named.

With a population close to ½ a million, 70% of whom are below the age of 30 years, Mazera’s District has been looking for ways to enable… Continue

Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Thriving not Just Surviving in 2020

On reading the Imagine 7 challenge, the first thought that came to my mind was Kibera – an urban slum housing in Nairobi, Kenya. The word Kibera is commonly thought to be the Nubian term for Forest or Jungle. Encompassing an area of 2.5km2 (a little bit smaller than Central Park in…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Poor Naked Africans

Fellow Agents, some of you may have heard of a new campaign called One Million Shirts who want to collect 1,000,000 used and new t-shirts and send them to Africa to help people with no clothes. They are also collecting money for the shipping costs. This project by a (well intentioned?) Jason Sadler who is taking A LOT of criticism from…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 28, 2010 at 10:30am — 17 Comments

Indigenous Healers with a Twist

The story of the traditional healers from Oaxaca (mhh… I wonder how this word is pronounced) immediately caught my attention. These healers have struggle for recognition by official associations and the benefits that have accrued to indigenous women are now quantifiable. I found additional information on these awesome…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Vision for Africa

Do you have a vision for Africa? World leaders at the World Economic Forum to be held in Dar es Salaam Tanzania from May 5-7, 2010 want to know about it. They have set up a "Davos Debates video corner" at…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 27, 2010 at 1:19pm — 14 Comments

Resilient Kenya

Kenya is located on the East African coast and our estimated population is just over 40million. About 79% of this population lives in the rural areas. Of the urban dwellers, 60% live in informal settlements. Rural communities and informal settlers are usually the most affected when…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 26, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Disease Outbreak Reports



This is my post for LEARN 7 on Ushahidi. As you saw from the video clip,…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 26, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Re-start the Circle 2020

In ACT 6 (Women 4 Women), I shared about 2 young women from Starehe Girls Center who I mentor. I have been mentoring Shaba and Taiya (not their real names) since 2009 when they were in Form 4 (equivalent to O Levels / grade 12). Both sat for their national examinations in December 2009, passed with flying colors and are sure to be accepted to a good university.



In 2010 they have begun their gap period.…
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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 17, 2010 at 3:09am — 1 Comment

Women 4 Women

My parents were born into poverty. But because someone believed in them, they received a good basic education. From this, they raised 4 of their own children each of who are educated to post graduate level. They also educated a village of children who have grown up to be teachers, doctors, researchers, politicians (sadly), lawyers,…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 16, 2010 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Abortion and maternal mortality - Breaking the Silence

On April 08, 2010 the WomenWatch news feed posted a story on the UN-led campaign to provide affordable health care for…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 9, 2010 at 8:21pm — 14 Comments

Evoking on Skill Bank

So Week 6 is here! This has been a really tough couple of weeks for me time-wise and if I could buy time (literally) I would!…

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Added by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 8, 2010 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

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