In honor of the first Rotary meeting that occurred on February 23, 1905, Rotary International has designated this day as “World Understanding and Peace Day” and has selected February as “World Understanding Month. Clubs undertake projects and activities that contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs focus on projects and programs that promote peace and reduce conflict in our communities and around the world.
This year, more than ever, The Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central endevored and undertook different projects and activities to mark this very special month. Perhaps the highlight of this month’s activities was the Interact Careers and Leadership Day which saw the club team up with the Interact Clubs of Kenya High School and Nairobi School to organize a most successful 3rd Interact Careers and Leadership Day which also saw the club team up with its sister club the Rotaract Club of United States International University, Africa and its twin club the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands through the sponsorship of Rotary Club of Nairobi. The event was well attended by members of other Rotaract Clubs including Limuru, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Bugolobi (Uganda) and Karura.
It was another high moment for the club as it officially signed its Momerandum of Understanding with the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands (District 9211) to officiate their twinning and within 2 days of signing, a member of the club travelled to Uganda to witness the presentation of Sanitary Towels to Orphans Hope Centre and Starlight Family Children’s Home. The club’s sanitary towels project is in its third year running and through this official partnership with the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands, the project has now been introduced in Uganda and received monetary support from the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands and Pauline Juliet Organization both of Uganda.
More defining for the month and the Careers and Leadership Day was the official presentation of charter certificates for the Interact Clubs of Kenya High School and Nairobi School both which have been operating for over 6 years as provisional clubs. In deed, more hands to serve in Rotary.
The February 10th regular fellowship was yet another highlight of the month as the club hosted Rotaractors and guests from different countries including Uganda, France, Germany, Greece and Gambia. At this fellowship, the guest speaker was Rotaractor Tarek Alkhoury from the Rotaract Club of Lille France who made a presentation on his club and their projects including the Mathare Community Centre project which they hope to partner with the Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central. Also present at the meeting were 2 members of the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands and members of other Rotaract clubs in Nairobi. In the same breathe, the club’s PR Co-director Martha Nzisa was in Kampala Uganda attending the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands which runs concurrently with that of our club.
It has no doubt been a great month and we couldn’t think of a better way of marking it other than our International Partnerships that have gone towards building better understanding between us and all the different people we interacted with throughout the month.
We look foward to a grand closure on 28th February 2015 at the Jamhuri showground where we shall be joining more than 300 Rotarians, Rotaractors and guests from different clubs to mark Rotary’s 110th birthday by celebrating with over 3000 children with special needs at the annual Rotary Sunshine Rally.
Viva RCNC, Viva Rotaract, Viva Rotary.