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February 27 2008

Fundraising for Kenyan humanitarian crisis – “Heal Kenya Campaign”


 On December 27, 2007, an enthusiastic Kenyan population went to the polls to cast their votes for their 4th president. Delays in tallying of results, allegations of irregularities and a hasty announcement of final result caused nationwide tension, suspicion and counter accusations. The disputed outcome of the presidential election sparked extensive protests which then degenerated to widespread violence that precipitated a humanitarian crisis in this hitherto peaceful East African nation. The crisis remains despite steps towards its resolution.

Hundreds of individuals have been killed and more than 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes. The full extent of injuries and loss of property is yet to be estimated. Several organizations including the Kenya Red Cross Society, UN World Food Program, churches and NGOs are on the ground working to provide relief services to the many internally displaced persons (IDPs). They however need support to accomplish this task.
Members of the Kenyan family here at Cornell therefore wish to appeal to the wider Cornell community to join hands with them in raising funds to be channeled towards the provision of urgent medical, food and non-food relief items.

We are organizing a “Heal Kenya Campaign” that will include 3 components:

1. A funds drive will kick off on 27th February 2008 with broad publicity within Cornell University to create awareness about this need. 

• All funds raised will be sent through the Cornell Institute of African Development to the Kenya Red Cross Society. Donations should be payable to the “Cornell University” and designated “Heal Kenya” in the memo field of the check.

• You may drop off your donation to any of the following places around campus:

(a) CIIFAD (31Warren Hall) – leave with Ginny Montpoli
(b) IAD (170 Uris Hall) – at front desk
(c) Africana (310 Triphammer Rd) – at front desk
(d) ISSO (B-50 Caldwell Hall) – at front desk

2. A fundraising dinner will be held on 28th March 2008 to culminate the funds drive. Tickets for the dinner will be available at $20 the donation drop off points.

3. In partnership with the New York African Studies Association (NYASA), we will organize a forum on the 28th of March that will seek to discuss the underlying causes of the current crisis in Kenya within the broader African context. Poster

Contacts:  Joseph Kimetu (President, Wananchi Association)                                    
Amos Kung’u (Communications facilitator)                                    
Alice Pell (Faculty contact – Kenya funds drive)