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christmas 2021Listen to our Christmas message

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Naomi was born with albinism, a genetic disorder that causes the skin, hair, or eyes to have little or no colour. According to the Albinism Society of Kenya, albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition occurring in both genders regardless of ethnicity in all countries of the world. The Kenya Human Rights Commission states that a person with albinism in Kenya pointedly stands out because nearly all others around them have a dark-pigmented skin tone. This means that a person with albinism cannot hide even if they tried to and are, therefore, exposed to exceptional attention and all the discrimination and stigma that comes with such attention everywhere they go.

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Jane (not her real name) was born in 1950. She is a mother of one and a progressive farmer. When she worked as a prison warden, she never imagined that one day she would work with a different community other than the one she was used to – the Discipline Forces. She was used to applying discipline, orders and authority. Her community was confined, and, therefore, she never dreamt of working with her community freely, mingling with them and calmly visiting families with vulnerable children and engaging them on their children welfare and not using authority or force. Unimaginable! 

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As the 2021 United Nations climate change conference known as COP26, (Conference of the Parties) comes to an end in Glasgow UK, we wish to acknowledge small steps that contribute towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climatic action. In 2018, Fondation Assistance International (FAI) from Switzerland funded St. Martin CSA and L’Arche Kenya’s project “Path Towards Autonomy”. The project was implemented over 3 years from April 2018 to June 2021 with the aim of enhancing the institutional, programmatic and financial sustainability of the two organizations. One of the six objectives of the project was to strengthen the technical and human capacity to use and manage information and communication technologies.

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Before the introduction of Free Primary Education in Kenya in 2003, millions of children were locked out of their basic right to education. According to the Society for International Development (2004), the Free Primary Education Policy increased the gross primary school enrollment from 5.9 million to 7.6 million, an increase of over 29%. Anthony was a beneficiary of this policy being among the over 1.7 million children out of school. Despite this creditable and promising policy, Anthony could not progress to secondary school as he was not able to pay the school fees.