U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kirsten Madison Opening Remarks for the ISSUP Conference

  U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kirsten Madison  Opening Remarks (As Prepared) for the International Society of Drug Use Professionals (ISSUP) Fourth Annual Workshop Nairobi, Kenya, December 10, 2018   Thank you for the kind introduction and thank you to NACADA for hosting us here in sunny Nairobi.  A workshop of this magnitude is no ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for the Kenya Editors Guild First Annual Editors’ Convention

December 8, 2018, at 9:00 am, Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel Cabinet Secretary Mucheru, Chairman Otieno, Ladies and gentlemen of the media, And assembled guests, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? I’m very pleased to join you today for the inaugural Editors’ Convention, bringing together media owners, editors, and journalists to examine the state of Kenya’s media as part ...
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UNITED STATES PROVIDES $14.3 MILLION TO WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT REFUGEES IN KENYA

05 December 2018 NAIROBI – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing US$14.3 million (1.4 billion Kenyan shillings) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to more than 400,000 refugees living in northern Kenya. With this contribution, WFP will provide direct cash transfers to refugees in Dadaab ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks U.S. Government World AIDS Day Commemoration

Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks U.S. Government World AIDS Day Commemoration November 30th, 2018 Kibera Community Health Center, Nairobi, Kenya Dr. Kigen Bartilol, Head of NASCOP, Honorable Cecilia Ayot, Kibra Member Chief of Assembly, Dr. Meshack Ndirangu, Director of Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. Mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo? It’s a ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually.  Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence.  The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for KQ Direct Flight to New York City Launch Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks For KQ Direct Flight to New York City Launch Jomo Kenyatta International Airport October 28, 2018 Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Habari za jioni? This is an historic day for Kenya and the United States!  And I am very glad to be here to share it with you.  If there’s one phrase ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for National Dialogue Conference September 11, 2018

Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Good morning.  It’s a great pleasure to be with you today to help launch the National Dialogue Conference.  Leaders from the religious and business communities, from civil society and from government – including many of you here — have been at the forefront of promoting an inclusive, ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Inaugural ASAL Conference

Remarks by Ambassador Godec Inaugural Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL) Conference  Malindi, Kilifi County Wednesday, September 5, 2018   Your Excellency Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, Governor Nanok, the Chair of Council of Governors Governors, Cabinet Secretaries, Senators and Members of the National Assembly, Diplomatic Colleagues, Waheshimiwa; Mabibi na Mabwana; Hamjambo! ...
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Ambassador Godec Op-Ed on President Kenyatta’s Visit to Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Godec Op-Ed on President Kenyatta’s Visit to Washington, D.C. The recent White House meeting between President Donald Trump and President Uhuru Kenyatta raised U.S.-Kenya bilateral relations to new heights, advancing our shared commitment to prosperity, security, and good governance. A highlight of the visit was the launch of our new Strategic Partnership, which will ...
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Joint Release By USTR Robert Lighthizer And Kenyan Cabinet Secretary For Industry, Trade And Cooperatives, Peter Munya

Joint Release By USTR Robert Lighthizer And Kenyan Cabinet Secretary For Industry, Trade And Cooperatives, Peter Munya Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Peter Munya (represented by Trade Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo in Washington, DC) today announced the establishment of a U.S.-Kenya Trade ...
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Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and President Uhuru Kenyatta

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2018 Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and President Uhuru Kenyatta President Donald J. Trump welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to the White House today.  In marking 55 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Kenya, and in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (August 21, 2018)

Demonstration Alert: Possible Protest Activity on Wednesday, August 22 Location:  Nairobi and Countrywide Event:  Media reports indicate the possibility of protests scheduled for Wednesday, August 22. Possible protest areas include Nairobi’s Central Business District, Riverside Drive, and other possible areas, including outside Nairobi. Please plan your activities accordingly. Actions to take: Monitor local media for updates Exercise caution if ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks During the Launch of the Multi-Sectoral Forum Anti-Corruption Initiative

Ambassador Godec’s Launch of the Multi-Sectoral Forum Anti-Corruption Initiative Thursday, August 9, at 7:30 a.m., Intercontinental Hotel Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; Mabibi na mabwana; Hamjambo!  Habari zenu?   I am very pleased to be with you today to help launch the National Multi-Sectoral Forum’s Anti-Corruption Initiative!  I want to thank all the organizers for ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Godec on the 20th Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings

Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec on the 20th Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings Twenty years ago, evil showed its terrible face in Kenya and in Tanzania.  In the middle of a busy Friday morning, al-Qa’ida terrorists exploded bombs outside the U.S. Embassies here in Nairobi and in Dar es Salaam.  Their horrific ...
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Ambassador Godec’s July 4th Op-Ed

On July 4th, the United States celebrates the visionary courage of its Founders who rejected tyranny and declared the 13 colonies they represented to be free.  We honor their Declaration of Independence and its affirmation that we are all created equal with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.   Our ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Godec at American Independence Day Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec American Independence Day Reception July 3, 2018     Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Macharia Kamau; Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Hamjambo tena! Habari zenu? Mambo vipi?  Poa, poa, bila shaka! Karibuni sana na asanteni sana kwa kufika hapa jioni hii. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to ...
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U.S. Private Sector and Government Delegation Signs Deals Totaling 10 Billion Kenyan Shillings at American Chamber of Commerce Big Four Summit

U.S. Private Sector and Government Delegation Signs Deals Totaling 10 Billion Kenyan Shillings at American Chamber of Commerce Big Four Summit   Nairobi, June 28 – In a visible expression of support for President Kenyatta’s Big Four initiative, the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Gil Kaplan led a delegation of 60 U.S. business executives ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Launch of the National Strategies for Tourism and Wildlife

Deputy President William Ruto; Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Honorable Najib Balala; Tourism and Wildlife Sector Partners; Ladies and Gentlemen; Mabibi na mabwana; Hamjambo! Habari za jioni? I am delighted to be here with you today at the launch of Kenya’s national strategies for tourism and wildlife.  Tonight’s focus on both tourism and wildlife ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks during the first ever TEDX Event at Kakuma

Governor of Turkana County Josphat Nanok; UNHCR Country Representative Raouf Mazou; My friend, Octopizzo; Tegla Loroupe; Colleagues in the Diplomatic Community; And, of course, to you – the refugees of Kakuma – who are the reason we are here today. Good Afternoon! Hamjambo! I am grateful for the opportunity to be here in Kakuma with ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Launch of the KENPHIA

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Launch of the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) June 05, 2018 Chief Administrative Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Rashid Aman; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; mabibi na mabwana; Hamjambo!  Good morning.  Habari zenu? Thank you so much for the invitation to join you here on this important ...
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Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya on Corruption

Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya On Corruption May 30, 2018 Corruption has long undermined Kenya’s prosperity, security, and democracy.  It is, quite simply, theft from the Kenyan people.  As friends, we welcome the recent action by the Director of Public Prosecutions, working with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, to charge officials ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce Doing Business with the USA Forum

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce Doing Business with the USA Forum May 30, 2018 Thank you AmCham CEO Maxwell Okello.  I am very pleased to welcome you today to the American Chamber of Commerce in Kenya’s first-ever “Doing Business with the USA Forum.”  This is a wonderful initiative – providing local and ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Breaks Ground on New U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi

For Editors and Correspondents:   Ambassador Robert F. Godec Breaks Ground on New U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi   NAIROBI, Kenya (May 17, 2018) — In a demonstration of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi.   The new ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks at 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow Pre-Departure Reception

Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks at 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow Pre-Departure Reception May 9, 2018   Distinguished guests; graduates; ladies and gentlemen; mabibi na mabwana.  Hamjambo!  Habari zenu? Mambo? Thank you for joining us here tonight to celebrate the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows who are preparing to depart for a life-changing experience in the United ...
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Ambassador Godec asks security forces to safeguard rights of citizens as he launches a Sh650 million public complaint platform funded by the U.S.

Ambassador Godec asks security forces to safeguard rights of citizens as he launches a Sh650 million public complaint platform funded by the U.S. Nairobi, April 30, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec has urged security forces to safeguard the rights of citizens and protect life by showing maximum restraint in interactions with the public. “Human rights ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at SIMElab Launch

Ambassador Godec’s Participation in SIMElab Launch  April 5, 2018, SIMElab, U.S. International University (USIU) Remarks Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am happy to celebrate with you today the historic launch of Social Media Lab – or “SIMElab” – Africa.  SIMElab is the first academic institution designed specifically to study social media ...
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Statement from Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Statement from Ambassador Robert F. Godec March 29, 2018   One of the great privileges of my life has been to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and to help deepen the special partnership between the United States and Kenya.  After more than five years in the position, I welcome President Donald J. Trump’s ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for World TB Day 2018

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for World TB Day 2018 “Partnering to Reach, Cure and Prevent TB” Mathare Youth Sports Stadium, Nairobi March 24, 2018 Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki; Other distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen, Hamjambo! Habari zenu! We are here today to focus on tuberculosis, or TB, the world’s leading infectious disease killer.  TB ...
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Ambassador Godec and U.S. Embassy Counter Fake News with Media Literacy Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya (March 14, 2018) – Today, Ambassador Robert F. Godec launched a year-long media literacy campaign #StopReflectVerify #YALIChecks with an email to 47,000 members of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network asking them to take a pledge to stop, reflect and verify before forwarding what could be fake news. Simultaneously, the Embassy used ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the August 7th Memorial Park

  Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Nairobi, Kenya March 11, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Please, take a seat. Well, good afternoon and thank you for being here. I just have some very brief remarks.As all of you well know, 1998 terrorists thought they could demoralize and destroy the Kenyan and American people by attacking ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson Press Availability With Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma

    Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Nairobi, Kenya March 9, 2018 FOREIGN MINISTER JUMA: Thank you. Excellency Mr. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, United States of America, Excellency Ambassador Godec, colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the Fourth Estate: I am delighted to welcome and host His Excellency Rex Tillerson, ...
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Julia Taft Fund for Refugees: Accepting Applications for FY 2018

US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) Julia Taft Fund for Refugees FY 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the Office of the Regional Refugee Coordinator and the Community Grants Program Office, is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity through the 2018 Julia ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Generation Kenya Graduation

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Generation Kenya Graduation February 23, 2018, at 9:00 am, KICC   Nairobi County Senator, Johnson Sakaja; Dr. Kipkirui Langat, Director of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority; Kartik Jayram, McKinsey & Company Director for Kenya, and the McKinsey team; Other distinguished guests; Mabibi na Mabwana! Vijana! Hamjambo! Habari ...
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Kenya’s Democracy is at a Crossroads

Kenya is special. As diplomats living here, we see and admire daily the determination and creativity of the Kenyan people; the energy and innovation of Kenyan business; and the inspiring democratic journey that Kenya has made since independence. These and Kenya’s many other achievements have made it a hub for the region and indeed for ...
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Recent Events in Kenya

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 1, 2018 The United States is gravely concerned by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s self-“inauguration” on January 30. We reject actions that undermine Kenya’s Constitution and the rule of law. Uhuru Kenyatta was elected as President of the Republic of Kenya on October 26, 2017 in ...
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EducationUSA Scholars Program 2018

The EducationUSA office at the United States Embassy – Nairobi, seeks to identify and recruit 40 academically strong Kenyan students who scored A- and above in the 2017 KCSE, to join the EducationUSA Scholars Program (ESP). The candidates must have a minimum of grade A- in both English and Mathematics. Our mission at EducationUSA is ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Kenya Airways’ Announcement on U.S. Direct Flights

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Kenya Airways’ Announcement on U.S. Direct Flights January 11, 2018   Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Macharia; Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph; Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz; Distinguished guests; Mabibi na mabwana! Hamjambo! Habari za joini?   Allow me to begin by wishing everyone a very prosperous and happy 2018. As ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto’s visit to Kenya

U.S. Embassy Statement on U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto’s visit to Kenya December 6, 2017 U.S. acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto visited Kenya December 4 – 6, and, along with Ambassador Robert F. Godec, met with Kenyan government officials, civil society representatives, and opposition ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the 2017 AmCham Thanksgiving Day Gala

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the 2017 AmCham Thanksgiving Day Gala November 18, 2017 AmCham President Ahmed Radi, AmCham Board of Directors, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen. Mabibi na Mabwana.  Hamjambo!  Habari za joini? Good evening everyone and it is wonderful to be here with you to celebrate a very special American holiday, Thanksgiving.  I’m grateful ...
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 Statement by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert, 

  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release  Statement by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert, released on October 25, 2017 The United States urges all Kenyans to remain calm, reject violence, and uphold the principles of their Constitution in the election scheduled for tomorrow. We are deeply concerned ...
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Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya October 25, 2017 As long-standing partners, our governments have watched the unfolding developments around Kenya’s fresh presidential election with profound sadness.  We had hoped and have repeatedly called for Kenyans to come together to hold a better election in line with the historic order of the Supreme ...
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Press Statement on Elections in Kenya

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 6, 2017 The United States Government is deeply concerned by the deterioration in the political environment in Kenya in advance of the October 26, presidential election. We remain committed to supporting a free, fair, and credible election that is consistent with Kenya’s Constitution, current laws, and ...
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U.S. ANNOUNCES KES 3.3 BILLION FOR DROUGHT RELIEF IN KENYA

NAIROBI, Kenya (August 22, 2017) – The U.S. Government has announced KES 3.3 billion ($32.6 million) in new funding for humanitarian assistance to address Kenya’s drought.  The drought is causing an increase in malnutrition especially among children in northern Kenya. This additional funding is part of USAID’s ongoing support to the Government of Kenya’s drought ...
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Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on the August 8th General Elections

On August 8, Kenyans will exercise one of their most important democratic rights and select their leaders.  As international partners, we encourage Kenyans to look beyond their differences to come together to ensure free, fair, credible, and peaceful elections.   A successful poll will secure the extraordinary promise of the 2010 Constitution, strengthen democracy, and advance ...
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Op-Ed: America’s success lies in its diversity

241 years ago, America’s Founding Fathers took a step… a step of extraordinary courage… a step that has echoed across the years.  In our Declaration of Independence, they declared themselves and the 13 colonies they represented to be free.  The declaration began a revolution that continues to today… a revolution that promises liberty, equality, and ...
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Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya

As Heads of Mission from international partners supporting Kenya’s August 8 elections, we met this morning with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman and Commissioners.  We congratulated the Commission on the important National Elections Conference held in Nairobi on 13-14 June, which allowed participants to discuss electoral preparations and to make clear their ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for the Outstanding Police Service Awards

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for the Outstanding Police Service Awards May 5, 2017, at 10am, Intercontinental Hotel   Principal Guest Cabinet Secretary of Interior and Coordination of the National Government Joseph Nkaissery, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, IPOA Chairman Macharia Njeru, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mabibi na Mabwana. Hamjambo! I am honored to join ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Launch of the Judiciary Committee on Elections’ 2016 Annual Report and the IDLO’s Lessons Learned Brief

"It is my pleasure to be here today at the launch of the Judicial Committee on Elections’ Annual Report and the International Development Law Organization’s Lessons Learned Brief on Electoral Dispute Resolution. These publications are more than just documents; they lay out concrete steps that the judiciary has taken – and will take – to ...
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International Heads’ of Mission Statement on Kenya’s Political Party Primary Process

As friends of Kenya, we congratulate the many Kenyans who peacefully participated in the recent political party primaries by voting and supporting the integrity of the process.  We also welcome the large number of women and young candidates and voters.  Together, millions of Kenyans stepped forward to exercise their constitutional rights and give voice to ...
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Ambassador Condemns Attack on Conservationist Kuki Gallmann

I strongly condemn the Sunday, April 23 attack on conservationist Kuki Gallmann ‎and all other violence that has taken place in recent months in Laikipia and Baringo. Violence is never the answer. I urge all Kenyans to refrain from violence and urge the government to take strong action to hold accountable all those responsible for ...
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California Special General Election Scheduled for June 6

The State of California will conduct a special general election on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, for the 34th Congressional District to replace Xavier Becerra who was confirmed as Attorney General of California. This district consists of part of Los Angeles County. A primary election was held on April 4, 2017, with no candidate receiving more ...
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South Carolina Special Primary Election Scheduled for May 2

The State of South Carolina will conduct a special primary election on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for the 5th Congressional District to replace Mick Mulvaney who was confirmed as the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This district consists of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union, and York counties, and portions ...
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Montana Special Election Scheduled for May 25

The State of Montana will conduct a special election on Thursday, May 25, 2017, for its at-large Congressional District to replace Ryan Zinke who was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. This district represents all counties in Montana. Service members, eligible family members and overseas citizens may use the Federal Post Card Application ...
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Launch of the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball League

Last week Ambassador Godec was on hand to launch the National Basketball Association’s Launch of the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball League at the Kasarani Indoor Arena. The Jr. NBA teaches teamwork, leadership, and fair play to youth across Africa and around the world. NBA Africa’s Vice President and Managing Director Amodou Gallo Fall and 2014 ...
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United States Supports Conservation and Combats Wildlife Crime in Kenya

Nairobi, March 3, 2017 – Today, on World Wildlife Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announce a grant to the Kenya Ministry of Environment and the Africa Conservation Centre to support Kenya’s National Wildlife Conservation Strategy. The grant and seven other grants awarded over the ...
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FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating for Kenya

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Kenya complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. A Category 1 rating means Kenya’s civil aviation authority meets International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. With the ...
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Ambassador Godec visits Garissa

Ambassador Robert F. Godec recently visited Garissa, meeting with Government officials including Garissa County Governor Nathif Adem Jama, County Commissioner James Kianda and Northeast County Commissioner Ambassador Mohamud Saleh and discussing a wide range of issues from the security situation in Garissa, Countering Violent Extremism and the upcoming Kenyan elections. Ambassador Godec visited the USAID-funded ...
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Ambassador Godec declares a disaster for worsening drought and food insecurity

Ambassador Robert F. Godec today issued a formal U.S. Government declaration that a major disaster exists in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands due to the ongoing drought and resulting food insecurity. The declaration supports the declaration of emergency and actions taken by the Government of Kenya. Since 2016, the U.S. Government through U.S. Agency for ...
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Ambassador Godec Urges Kenyans to Register and Vote!

Ambassador Robert F. Godec urged Kenyan’s to register and vote in their next election in August. He was speaking in Kariobangi on a #niShowPower voter education campaign in early February. “Only Kenyans will make a decision on who will be their leader. We, however, do support and encourage voter participation,” he said. Ambassador Godec also ...
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Correction to Misinformation on Executive Order Regarding Immigration

On January 27, President Trump signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries –Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Libya – as we review current security vetting procedures.  Kenyan citizens are not affected by this Executive Order. This Order does not change visa reciprocity or validity ...
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Kansas Special Election Scheduled for April 11

The State of Kansas will conduct a special election on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, for the 4th Congressional District to replace Mike Pompeo who resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives when he was confirmed and formally sworn in as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  This district consists of all or part of ...
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Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Kenya’s 2017 Elections

 January 22, 2017  Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Kenya’s 2017 Elections   Kenya’s Elections and Future Rest in the Hands of the Kenyan People The elections of August 2017 are critical to Kenya’s future.  Free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections will help secure the extraordinary promise of the 2010 Constitution, strengthen democracy, ...
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Kenya’s Elections and Future Rest in the Hands of the Kenyan People

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Kenya’s 2017 Elections The elections of August 2017 are critical to Kenya’s future.  Free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections will help secure the extraordinary promise of the 2010 Constitution, strengthen democracy, and advance prosperity for all Kenyans.  As partners, we stand with Kenya as it approaches ...
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EducationUSA Scholars Program Now Open

The EducationUSA office at the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy – Nairobi, seeks to identify and recruit 40 Kenyan students from low-income families who scored B+  and above in the 2016 KCSE,  to join the EducationUSA Scholars Program (ESP). Our mission is to assist our Scholars in negotiating the admissions process in ...
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Corruption in Kenya: Stop Talking, Start Doing

Kenyans have talked about corruption for years. Kenyans know it is undermining the country’s prosperity, security, development, and even democracy. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 91 percent of Kenyans called government corruption a “very big problem.” What’s needed now, however, is not talk, but serious, sustained action.
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Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren

Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren is a well-run community organization composed of single older women raising approximately 200 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Begun by a former Peace Corps Volunteer, Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren received funding from SSHF in 2015 to expand a community farming operation.
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Heshima Kenya Welcomes the Ambassador

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) has partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to support Heshima in providing emergency shelter, classes in English and Swahili, computer literacy and tailoring.
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2105 Child Labor Report

Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor The Department of Labor’s annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor focuses on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement mechanisms, policies and social programs. The Report presents: Findings on the prevalence and ...
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Our Ocean, One Future

International Coast Cleanup in Mombasa Kenya Wildlife Service  organized a beach cleanup for International Coastal Cleanup Day promoting the importance of protecting the ocean and its wildlife.  We had a great time joining NGO’s, community groups and especially Mombasa’s school children to help clean Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach.  Over 500 participants came to clean the beach and learn ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Visits Nairobi

Secretary Kerry Makes Whirlwind Trip to Nairobi   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas Greenfield, had a short but busy visit to Kenya.  While in Nairobi for one day, Secretary Kerry met with H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues, counterterrorism cooperation, and bilateral issues.  He also ...
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John Kerry and Susan Rice: South Sudan’s leaders need to set aside their dispute

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/john-kerry-and-susan-rice-south-sudans-leaders-need-to-set-aside-their-dispute/2014/12/15/0c85e056-847c-11e4-b9b7-b8632ae73d25_story.html John F. Kerry is secretary of state. Susan E. Rice is national security adviser. In 2011, the world’s newest nation was born amid joyous celebrations. The international community welcomed South Sudan not just with cheers but also with promises of help. The hope and promise of that day are now at grave risk of ...
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The U.S.-Kenya Partnership in the 21st Century By Robert F. Godec, The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya

As Kenya nears its 51st Jamhuri Day, Kenyans have much to celebrate.  In recent years, Kenya has been on the move.  Manufacturing and retail are expanding, and the country has a vibrant telecommunications market.  Kenya is building infrastructure, and more Kenyans have access to education and health care.  Kenyans enjoy the benefits of a progressive ...
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BLOG: Working With Africans To Focus, Partner, Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation Posted by Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Each week, nearly 25,000 adults and 3,600 children die from AIDS globally.  This includes nearly 18,000 adults and 3,400 children in sub-Saharan Africa alone.  While co-infection with tuberculosis is often the proximate cause of death, the unfortunate cause in far too many cases is stigma.  Stigma kills.  It’s that simple.  While we have made great ...
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Focus, Partner, Achieve: Using Evidence to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation in Kenya

Since the launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has used its expertise in epidemiology and laboratory systems, and its long-standing partnership in public health research in Kenya, to help the country develop more focused HIV interventions that are implemented when, ...
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American Corner Nakuru Kenya Hosts American Writer Shel Arensen

The American Corner (AC) Nakuru hosted over 500 primary and middle school students on November 22, to hear American author Shel Arensen, a long term resident of Kenya, speak about his life and work.  He spoke about his children’s books published by Word Alive, a Kenyan Press. The Rugendo Rhino Book series focuses on problem solving ...
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U.S. Government, UNDP and Ministry of Environment Launch Project to Support Low-Carbon Growth and Climate Adaptation in Kenya

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative Nardos Bekele-Thomas joined Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Professor Judi Wakhungu of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources on November 21, for the launch of the Ksh 670 million “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development” project. The ...
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Fifty women at the Dagoretti Empowerment Centre successfully completed two five-day U.S. Embassy Nairobi-sponsored entrepreneurship workshops on November 18, 2014.  Kawangware resident Viriginia Kinoro, an African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) alumna, led the workshops.  Cultural Affairs Officer Chris Snipes was present at the training and awarded the participants their certificates. The purpose of the training ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec together with Defense Attaché COL John M. Roddy observed Remembrance Day in Kenya on November 9, at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetary memorial site.  Every year a wreath is placed at the site to mark the sacrifices of Commonwealth service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in both ...
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American Corner Mombasa Celebrates Early Thanksgiving

U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through the American Corner (AC) Mombasa, partnered with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Mombasa to explain and share the meaning of the American holiday, Thanksgiving.  AC Mombasa Coordinator Biasha O. Seif led the celebration involving over 200 people from the area. AC Coordinator Seif explained that Thanksgiving is a secular holiday and ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Sponsors Women for Business Training in Dagoretti

U.S. Embassy Nairobi sponsored two five-day entrepreneur workshops for 50 women at the Dagoretti Empowerment Centre on November 5.  The workshops were led by Kawangware resident Viriginia Kinoro, an African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) alumna. The purpose of the training was to enhance knowledge and capacity to manage and run businesses and to provide practical ...
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Statement by the President on the First-Annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to access information and hold their governments accountable. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reiterates the fundamental principle that every person has the right “to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and ...
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By Linda Thomas-Greenfield , U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs In early August, U.S. and African leaders had their first opportunity to discuss security, economic growth, development and good governance during the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington. Over the course of three days, President Obama and the leaders of some 50 African countries discussed strategies to ...
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Supports Kenya’s First Mass Casualty Incident Simulation Exercise

Humanitarian Peace Support School U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supported Kenya’s first Mass Casualty Incident Exercise on October 9.  The simulation took place at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) and included a controlled inter-agency disaster response simulation and a practical session on how to improve disaster management. ...
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U.S Embassy Nairobi Launches New American Corner in Nakuru, Kenya

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Isiah Parnell launched a new American Corner (AC) at the Nakuru Public Library, October 3.  Nakuru is one of Kenya’s fastest growing communities, located in central Kenya. Over 400 people from the local community attended the event including Nakuru County officials, teachers and students of all ages ...
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USAID Supports the Mombasa Butterfly House

After years of planning, design, and construction, the Mombasa Butterfly House has taken flight.  Over the past three months Exhibit Curator Maria Fungomeli and staff have welcomed more than 1,700 visitors, including 1,400 school kids. The butterfly house, located next to the historic Fort Jesus Monument in Mombasa, showcases the biodiversity of coastal forests and ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Launch IGS Operations in Kenya

LAUNCH OF IGS OPERATIONS IS EXPECTED TO CREATE OVER 4000 DIRECT AND INDIRECT JOBS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR KENYAN YOUTH BY END OF 2015 U.S. Embassy Nairobi Economic Counselor David Renz joined Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Charity Ngilu, along with executives from International Green Structures (IGS) on September 30, to celebrate ...
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USAID Supports Mass Net Distribution Exercises in Western Kenya to Reduce Cases of Malaria

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Mass Net Distribution exercise in Western Kenya on September 27.  This program is carried out every five years and involves members of the public receiving bed nets to protect them against malaria carrying mosquitos. In order to be eligible to receive a net, community members registered ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Catches the Reading Bug at 17th International Bookfair, Sarit Center

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec attended the 17th Nairobi –  International Bookfair held at Sarit Center Expo Hall on September 26.  The Bookfair is organized annually by the Kenya Publishers Association.   Events included workshops and seminars on topical issues, children activities, seminars on how to get a book published, book sales and book launches. ...
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CDC Kenya staff support the Ebola Outbreak Response

Since the onset of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, CDC Kenya staff including Kevin DeCock, Joel Montgomery, John Neatherlin, Barry Fields, Bonventure Juma and Clayton Onyango have been deployed to Liberia as part of the outbreak response team. Clayton Onyango is the Deputy Lab Director at CDC Kenya’s Division of Global Health Protection. He ...
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United States Joins Kenya for Culmination of National Nutrition Week

The U.S. Government Devotes Approximately Ksh 1.4 Billion Yearly to Nutrition Activities in Kenya U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman joined Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Health James Macharia on September 5, for the culmination of National Nutrition Week, and to launch the revised national nutrition and HIV guidelines, ...
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The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Signing Ceremony for Wildlife Grants Agreement

Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec together with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources signed a Wildlife Grant Agreement through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on September 1.  In 2013, President Obama announced $10 million in U.S. government funding ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Attends Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony

U.S Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec signed new agreements for six recipients of the Ambassador’s Self Help Fund Grants on August 26, to promote income generation, clean water, and better health in different communities throughout Kenya. Six Community-Based Organizations will receive funding from the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund, and will execute projects in the Coast ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks at the Launch of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program-Kenya Strategic Plan

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Wreath Laying Ceremony – 16th Anniversary of the Attack on the U.S. Embassy Nairobi on August 7, 1998

Chargé d’Affaires Isiah Parnell joined U.S. Embassy Nairobi employees and family members in a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the August 7, 1998 bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy, then located in downtown Nairobi.  224 people were killed during the attack and over 4,000 people were wounded. The ceremony honored the ...
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We Have a Moral Obligation to Support Africa’s Progress By Barack Obama, President of the United States

Published in McLatchy Papers ___________________________________________________________ Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today? _ Home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, it boasts a growing middle class that is expected to expand to more than a billion consumers in the coming decades. _ With the continent a growing destination for foreign ...
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President Obama Welcomes Leaders from Across Africa to Washington, DC

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is an historic opportunity to strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people. The Summit theme, “Investing in the Next Generation,” reflects the common ambition to leave our nations better for future generations by making concrete gains in peace and ...
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On August 4, the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit focused on civil society and open government, global health, women’s issues and gender equality, food security and climate change, wildlife trafficking, and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On August 5, the activities continue, with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosting the first-ever ...
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KEBS and USAID Launch ‘Notify Kenya TBT’ to Meet WTO Standards

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Karen Freeman joined Ms. Lucy Ikonya, Trade Affairs Manager of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) on July 21, to launch an electronic notification system called “Notify Kenya TBT.”  It will allow KEBS to more efficiently inform private and public sector stakeholders of notifications on technical regulations and ...
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U.S. Embassy Joins First Lady to Launch Rotavirus Vaccine in Kenya

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Karen Freeman joined First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, James Macharia to launch the inclusion of the rotavirus vaccine into the Kenya Expanded Program on Immunization on July 16 in Machakos County. The introduction of the rotavirus vaccine will address a ...
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Kenya Defense Chief Honors the Fallen

Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi, Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces, participated in an Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath Laying ceremony with Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, U.S. Army Military District of Washington commanding general at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Following the wreath laying ceremony, Karangi visited ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Supports New Evidence-Based Tool for Policymakers

DemDiv offers a plan of action to achieve a demographic dividend in Kenya United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Karen Freeman joined Ministry of Devolution and Planning Economic Secretary Stephen Wainaina and Dr. Josephine Kibaru, Director General of the National Council for Population and Development on July 15, to announce a new ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Parnell Hands Over Aviation Security Equipment to Kenya

Ksh 60 million in equipment and training to improve airline safety Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Isiah Parnell, handed over Ksh 60 million in aviation security equipment on July 15, to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Eng. Michael Kamau; Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury, Henry Rotich; and Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) ...
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USAID Launches Environment and Natural Resource Management Office IN Kenya

New Office Builds on 50 Years of Conservation Partnership Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Isiah Parnell, joined the Environment Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Akinyi Kaudia, on July 10, to jointly launch a new Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) office for the U.S. Agency for ...
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LiveAtState Virtual Press Conference with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield

MS. JENSEN:  Good afternoon and welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web chat platform for engaging international media.  I’m your host, Holly Jensen, and today I’m delighted to welcome Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.  Today she’s going to be speaking with you about U.S.-Africa relations, the YALI Summit, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders ...
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Washington Fellows Presidential Summit Starts on July 28

In advance of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, 500 of Africa’s most talented and inspiring young people will come together for a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows Presidential Summit in Washington, DC on July 28-30.  This summit will give young African leaders studying in the United States the opportunity to meet with President Barack ...
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More Than 55,000 Farmers Plant 13 Million Trees to Offset Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently completed a five-year reforestation partnership (Global Development Alliance) with The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST), which encouraged more than 55,000 farmers to plant 13 million trees and learn sustainable agricultural practices.  The TIST program enhanced community participation and encouraged good governance and leadership within and among ...
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Sister Park Agreement Signed Between Sibiloi National Park and Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, D.C.  Officials from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and National Museums of Kenya and the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) signed a Sister Park Agreement between Sibiloi National Park in Northern Kenya and Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in the United States on June 27.  The five year agreement between the sister ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for the Launch of the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey 2012 Final Report

Panafric Hotel Cabinet Secretary for Health, the Honorable James Macharia; Principal Secretary, Professor Fred Segor; Director of Medical Services, Dr. Frances Kimani; Director of Promotive and Preventive Services, Dr. William Maina; and Head of the National AIDS and STI Control Programme, Dr. Martin Sirengo. Hamjambo!  Habari zenu.  Good morning. Thank you so much for the ...
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Kenya is Highlighted at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Kenya: Mambo Poa   Kenya is a country of deeply rooted traditions and a vibrant cultural crossroads.  Some of the oldest artifacts of human communities have been discovered in Kenya, making the East African country truly a cradle of humanity. Today, it is a dynamic nation that links its prehistoric past to new cultural expressions ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Helps Launch AIDS Survey Report

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Honorable James Macharia on June 25, to launch the final report of the 2012 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS 2012) and Kenya’s revised HIV treatment guidelines. The 2012 survey was Kenya’s second national survey which provides Kenya with the information it needs ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Tours the International Organization for Migration Screening Facility

World Refugee Day U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County on June 20, to commemorate World Refugee Day.  While at the camp, Ambassador Godec toured the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Screening Facility.  He visited the lab and radiology unit of the facility and offered a band-aid ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Visits Bethel Outreach Education Center in Kibera

Students demonstrated the impact that an inspired teacher can have on early grade learning The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined teachers, parents and education officials at the Bethel Outreach Education Centre in Kibera on June 13, 2014.  Class 1 and Class 2 pupils from the densely populated, informal Kibera neighborhood demonstrated their ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Hosts a Send-off Honoring the 46 Kenyans Chosen for the Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders In

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted a send-off on June 12, honoring the 46 Kenyans chosen to be a part of the Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI was launched by U.S. President Barack Obama to support young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen ...
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Press Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec On the Death of Sheikh Mohammed Idris

The United States condemns the murder of Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya Chairman Sheikh Mohammed Idris in Likoni this morning.  We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sheikh Idris. We call for calm and restraint on the coast, and underscore the need to prevent any possible spread of violence.  ...
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The United States is Committed to Working with Kenya on Security – Op-ed by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec

At the 50-year mark, the partnership between the United States and Kenya is broad and robust.  It rests on a rock solid foundation of shared values and interests.  Americans work side by side with Kenyans to achieve a wide range of common goals.  We support Kenya as it works to educate its children, deliver health ...
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The U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) Supports Funzo Kenya in Improving Health Care

Funzo Kenya supports the Government of Kenya’s efforts to make changes to its health worker education and training systems.  The program works across the public and private sectors to strengthen pre-service education of health workers, increase the number of health workers graduating from Kenya’s medical training institutions, improve access to training for existing health workers, ...
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Northern Rangelands Trust Reduces Elephant Poaching in Its Conservancies by 22 Percent

Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) community rangers, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to provide a reliable record of elephant mortalities across the Samburu-Laikipia ecosystem for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species’ Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants and for internal conservancies’ use in ...
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eLibraryUSA Helps University Student Leader Become an A Student

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s American Reference Center (ARC) hosted over 50 University of Nairobi law students for an introduction to the ARC and the eLibraryUSA on May 21, 2014.  ARC Deputy Director Nashon Akello introduced the students to relevant full-text databases that included ebrary, Academic One File, Business Source Premier and GREENR to enable the ...
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U. S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Hosts a Reception for Partners in a Unique Scholarship Program

The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted a reception for a scholarship and empowerment program, the Global Give Back Circle, on May 15.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partners with Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and several Kenyan private sector entities to provide scholarships for close to 600 at-risk Kenyan youth. ...
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LiveAtState Virtual Press Conference with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield

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American Corner Kisumu Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through the American Corner (AC) Kisumu, celebrated World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2014.  Over 150 youth from local film and theater companies attended the celebration, along with numerous local media representatives.  Entertaining skits, dancing and lively music were used to emphasize the importance of freedom of speech and of the ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Office Launches “Step Up: Empowering Girls through Sports”

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Officer Raymond Stephens launched Step Up: Empowering Girls through Sports at Mathare Youth Association Headquarters on April 22.  Step Up is a Global Sports Mentoring Project for girls aged 13 – 18 years.  40 girls from 16 different slum areas of Nairobi attended the launch which included exercises and a football ...
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CDC Works with Government of Kenya to Fight Malaria

World Malaria Day April 25th is World Malaria Day and an important time to focus on this year’s theme: Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria.  Malaria is a significant public health threat globally.  In 2012, 627,000 people died from the disease and most were young children in sub-Saharan Africa.  According to reports from hospitals and ...
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BROKEN DREAMS – a Documentary

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through American Corners (AC) Mombasa, hosted a showing of the documentary “Broken Dreams” at Leven House in Mombasa on April 12.  “Broken Dreams” is a documentary film about the vanishing Somali youth of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. The movie highlights young Somali boys that decided to give up everything ...
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USAID Supports Women Leadership Campaign in Kenya

USAID Mission Director Karen Freeman joined local NGOs, public and private media houses and personalities in Kenya to launch Women in the Red, a media campaign designed to raise the profile of Kenyan women as leaders. The campaign just aired the first season of a 10-episode documentary film series on the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). ...
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Simple Gifts Mean Safer Childbirth in Western Kenya

Community provides gifts to encourage women to give birth in a health facility High-pitched ululations resound at the Kahawa Dispensary in Borabu, Nyamira County, Kenya.  Health workers and patients are celebrating the safe delivery of twin boys.  In Kenya, one mother dies every hour from pregnancy related causes, especially at the time of delivery.  Over ...
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Kenyans Adapt to Climate Change, 50 Shillings at a Time

New types of livelihoods feed families while protecting the forests Jenerica Aule, 32, is a widowed mother of 4 and the sole breadwinner of her family.  Charcoal production and selling used to be her only source of income. “The charcoal business is strenuous,” she says. “I used to make between 600 to 1,000 shillings [$7-$11] every two ...
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Remote areas grapple with critical shortage of health workers

Some health facilities are abuzz with health workers attending to patients at every corner.  But, the Kyaango dispensary in rural Kitui County, Kenya, has only one health worker.  Lenah Gatwiri is the village’s only registered community health nurse, serving more than 6,000 people.  Since her first day at work in 2011, Gatwiri has committed to ...
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U. S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for Envirofit International Institutional Stove Launch

Good Morning.  Nzuri asubuhi! Thank you, Ron Bills and colleagues at Envirofit for the invitation to speak today and to Makini School for hosting this special event. I am pleased to be here with you in support of Envirofit’s launch of their new institutional cookstove.  Indoor air pollution – pollution from traditional cookstoves – is ...
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Ambassador Godec remarks on the Transfer of Camp Kiboko to Kenyan Navy

Principal Secretary for Defense Ambassador Monica Juma, Commander of the Kenyan Navy Major General Ngewa Mukala, Ladies and Gentlemen.  Good morning!  Habari za asabuhi! Six years ago, this camp was established by the U.S. government in partnership with the Kenyan government.  The camp’s mission was to provide training and equipment to Kenya’s Maritime Police and ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Lectures on Security Issues at United States International University

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Political Officer Nate Macklin promoted U.S. – Kenya relations with a lecture on security issues to students of the United States International University (USIU) on March 18.  The class of Security Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is designed for undergraduates to explore the nature and significance of security ...
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Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez Hands Over USAID Maternal and Child Health Commodities to Kenya

Ksh 129 million in equipment to help end preventable deaths at childbirth The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Global Health Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez handed over Ksh129 million in maternal and child health commodities to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, James Macharia on March 17.  Prior to the handover ceremony, ...
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American Corner Lamu Highlights Women’s History Month by Hosting a Women Empowerment Roundtable

In honor of Women’s History Month, American Corner (AC) Lamu organized a “Women Empowerment Roundtable” for 420 girls from Lamu Girls Primary School (LGPS) on March 15.  The program stressed the importance of education and highlighted the roles of successful women in Kenya and the United States.  AC Lamu coordinator Fatma Busaidy led a guest panel ...
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PEPFAR Community Grants Program – Grants Signing Event

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grants Team, together with the U.S Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell, hosted the Round 7 grantees of the PEPFAR Community Grants Program (PCGP) at the U.S Embassy Nairobi on March 14.  A total of 28 participants from 11 counties came to sign their grants.  The finalists ...
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American Corner Lamu Promotes American Reference Center Resources

American Corner Lamu promoted EducationUSA and eLibraryUSA in Lamu to over 150 participants including librarians, teachers, American Corner members, students and youth on March 11.  American Corner Coordinator Ms. Fatma al-Busaidy introduced the American Corner resources, programs and activities.  U.S. Embassy Nairobi American Reference Center (ARC) staff talked to participants about EducationUSA’s 5 steps to ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Community Members Participate in the Run with the First Lady in Support for Beyond Zero – Supporting Maternal Health

Over 200 U.S. Embassy Nairobi community members joined the First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta to race in the inaugural Run with the First Lady Half Marathon on March 9, held in Nairobi.  By organizing and running in the half marathon, the First Lady hopes to raise awareness and bring improvements to maternal health.  In ...
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International Women’s Day 2014 “Inspiring Change”

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Celebrates with Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions In celebration of International Women’s Day, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined the Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions festivities at the Huruma Grounds in Mathare, Saturday, March 8. International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks at the KWCWC/AWEP International Women’s Day Luncheon

Good afternoon.  Habari zenu!  I am honored to be with you as we celebrate International Women’s Day.  This is a very important day for all of us – both women and men. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated 103 years ago.  It was a turning point on women’s rights.  It offers us all an ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Launches BURN Manufacturing Production Facility

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec celebrated the launch of BURN Manufacturing’s (BURN) production facility on Wangari Maathai Day, March 3, 2014.  BURN is the maker of Jikokoa, a modern charcoal jiko stove that reduces the amount of fuel consumed and reduces indoor air pollution.  Using Jikokoa would save thousands of shillings each year ...
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Apply to Become an Atlas Corps Fellow

Atlas Corps is seeking outstanding individuals from around the world with 2-10 years of professional experience for the United States government-funded J-1 exchange program for nonprofit/non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders.   Through addressing critical social issues, Atlas Corps develops leaders, strengthens organizations and promotes innovation. The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month professional fellowship offered three ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Promotes No Sex for Fish Campaign at Lake Victoria in Kenya

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) to Kenya Isiah Parnell visited the shores of Lake Victoria on February 27, in Kenya to support the “No Sex for Fish” (NSFF) campaign promoted by Peace Corps Kenya.  The event was aimed at drawing attention to the plight of women in the “sex for fish” industry and demonstrated sympathy and ...
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Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (ADF) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with Quinnipiac University (QU), the program is funded by a two-year grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), to support 100 short-term faculty fellowships ...
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English Access Microscholarship Program Awards Certificates to Dedicated Students in Malindi

Through the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), the U.S. Embassy Nairobi on February 22, handed out over 30 certificates to students in Malindi, Kenya honoring their hard work and dedication to learning English.  Access is a two-year program that provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through ...
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EducationUSA and eLibrary Workshops on Coast

Introduce Web-based Resources EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world.  Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to colleges and universities in the United States.  Through the U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Office, a ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s American Reference Center Celebrates Black History Month

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s American Reference Center (ARC) hosted over 50 students and teachers from Starehe Girls’ Center on February 18, to learn about Black History Month, a celebration of the achievements of African Americans.  The students watched the video Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks and discussed the history of the American civil ...
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Launch of Mobile Blood Donation Unit and Valentine’s Day Blood Drive

First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta launched the Mobile Blood Donation Unit and Valentine’s Day Blood Drive on February 14.  U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec was present at the event along with other government officials.  Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. government has ...
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American Corner Mombasa Introduces New Technologies for Learning English

Over 30 Madrassa teachers at the American Corner Mombasa, located in the Muslim Education and Welfare Association (MEWA) were introduced to Playaways (audio books) and Kindles on February 12, 2013.  The teachers regularly use the American Corner (AC) to learn and improve their English language skills and to obtain relevant educational resources for their classrooms, which ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell Opens Shimoni Slavery Museum and Tours Slave Caves

Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell officially opened the Shimoni Slavery Museum on February 12, marking it as a tourist attraction and a sustainable form of income generation for the village of Shimoni, located on the southern coast of Kenya.  Previously a colonial district commissioner’s residence, the museum is now a constituent of the National ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell Opens Shimoni Slavery Museum and Tours Slave Caves

Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell officially opened the Shimoni Slavery Museum on February 12, marking it as a tourist attraction and a sustainable form of income generation for the village of Shimoni, located on the southern coast of Kenya.  Previously a colonial district commissioner’s residence, the museum is now a constituent of the National ...
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U.S. Ambassador Donates Equipment to IPOA

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) at its headquarters in Nairobi on February 11 to donate evidence collection equipment (such as tools to collect blood stain specimens, gunshot residue, rape victim, and suspect specimens).  The United States has purchased this equipment for IPOA to use in investigations ...
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American Corner Lamu Commemorates Black History Month

The American Corner (AC) Lamu celebrated Black History Month with a special focus on American Muslims with over 130 students from the Wiyoni High School in Lamu on February 11, 2014.  AC Lamu coordinator Fatma al Busaidy showed a documentary about Islam in the United States and highlighted the achievements of some notable black American Muslims, ...
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Community Service Day at Jehovah Jireh Children’s Home

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec and members of the U.S. Embassy Nairobi mission participated in a Community Service Day event at the Jehovah Jireh Children’s Home on February 8.  The day’s project focused on building and installing bookshelves in the home’s library, which will free up desk space for the children in the home to study and ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Briefs Hekima University on American Reference Center Services

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s American Reference Center (ARC) briefed over 200 faculty members and students of Hekima University College’s Institute of Peace and International Relations to introduce the ARC’s services and the eLibraryUSA.  The briefing described the eLibraryUSA’s relevant full text databases, including the Academic One File, ebrary, Business Source Premier and Global Issues in Context, the ...
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U.S. Marines Share Message of Hope

The U.S. Marines Nairobi, together with U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, through the Toys for Tots Program, distributed toys at the Saru Learning Center in Gachie, Kenya, on February 3.  The Saru Learning Center provides early childhood and primary education to disadvantaged girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 14 years. ...
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“Office in a Box” Helps Bomet County Government

The Bomet County Government office is up and running, less than three months after United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Kenya Deputy Mission Director Tina Dooley-Jones joined Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto to break ground.  The USAID-supported office suite provides a quick, efficient infrastructure solution to the new county governments. USAID and UKAID supported the ...
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Cummins Cogeneration Kenya Limited (CCKL) 12MW biomass-fueled, on-grid electricity generation project in Baringo County, Kenya

Cummins Cogeneration Limited (CCL) is a global joint-venture between USA-based Cummins and UK-based Gentech, an engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. CCL has four subsidiary special project vehicles, each with a specific geographic focus. CCKL is a project development and investment vehicle for CCL in Kenya. CCKL is developing a 12MW biomass-fueled, on-grid electricity generation project in ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Reaches Out to Ph.D. Students

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi American Reference Center (ARC) hosted 12 Ph.D. researchers from University of Nairobi’s Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies for an introduction to the ARC’s services and the eLibraryUSA on January 29, 2014. ARC Deputy Director Nashon Akello introduced researchers to the full text contents of relevant databases including the ...
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U.SOfficials Invite Partnership in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted leaders from Kenya’s private sector, government, and civil society along with youth representatives at his home on January 28, to mark the closing of the application process for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows program, which will send 50 Kenyans to the United States to ...
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USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast visit Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast visited Kenya to evaluate the progress of President Obama’s initiatives in support of the United States and Kenya’s shared development objectives.  On their list of stops was the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) Practical Training ...
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USAID Unveils Refurbished Police Station in Voi

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with local county officials, unveiled the newly refurbished Voi Police Station on January 21.  Through the Kenya Transition Initiative ( https://www.land-links.org/project/kenya-transition-initiative/ ), Usalama Reforms Forum ( http://www.usalamaforum.org/ ) spearheaded the project, which is part of a five year effort of the U.S. government to assist Kenya with fundamental ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits School Feeding Program and Donates Footballs at Mathare Primary School

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited Mathare Primary School to celebrate 10 years of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) support for school feeding and to honor the 50 years of relations between Kenya and the United States. Since 2004, USDA has pledged approximately $100 million USD to support a school feeding program in ...
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Ambassador Speaks at Conference on Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec commended the Government of Kenya for their strong efforts to combat violent extremism at the First National Conference on Security and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Kenya, which took place in Nairobi January 14 to 16.  The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) partnered with USAID, the United ...
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Isiolo residents participated in a pilot of the energy efficient Jiko Ndoo cook stove

This innovative, hybrid approach to fuel-efficient cooking in Kenya’s arid lands combines livelihoods diversification through local production, marketing and sales of energy efficient Jiko Ndoo cook stoves along with generation of community revenues that can fund social infrastructure and other priorities in Community Development Action Plans (CDAPs) thanks to the reduction of green house gas ...
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Donates Books to Kenya Wildlife Services Training Academy

Kenya Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Training Academy received over 200 books from the United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nairobi Kenya which will assist regional law enforcement officers from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya in becoming better leaders and professionals within their respective organizations. CBP provides training to over 15 law ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Commemorates 2014 World Refugee Day

Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, Kenya U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec honored 2014 World Refugee Day, June 20th, by visiting three projects that are improving the health care of refugees in Kakuma refugee camp.  The sites included the International Organization for Migration (IOM) screening facility, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) laboratory, and the ...
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