I have created a new category within the blog which you can find on the sidebar to the right. It is called “How WE can help the people of Kenya”. It will basically be a list of ways you can get involved physically in taking Kenya to a brighter place following its current dip into the abyss. So let me begin with:
2) Mashada – The most popular website in Kenya. The political discussion may get silly at times (as it does everywhere) but definitely peruse the website for some great gems of information. Remember: Clarity is power.
3) Reliefweb - I just discovered this website this morning. Through in my experience foreigners rarely have an inkling of an understanding of what people are thinking and feeling in Africa, I must promote this website for its a resource for the humanitarian societies and organizations of the world. Definitely a place where you can find links to places to donate your time or money.
Through Reliefweb I have found a number of non-profits that you can contribute to financially or through participation including:
4) Trócaire: They just launched an emergency appeal that you can be a part of.
5) Oxfam :I have been a fan of theirs for years now and what I like about them is that they have a lot of initiatives that centre around trade- for example a shop that sells ‘fair trade’ products shipped from Africa and Asia- and you can also donate to them as well. If you go to Reliefweb they have authored a report on the crisis.
6) Kenya Red Cross: No doubt you have either seen or read about the distribution of food by the red cross. They are on the ground dealing with the crisis as we speak and if I were to recommend you get involved with any group right now that would be Kenyan Red Cross. I have written an email to them asking how we in the diaspora can help and am awaiting their response.
7) UNICEF Kenya :Another organization that is on the ground as we speak and I recommend it as highly as the Red Cross is UNICEF Kenya. They have facilities on the website that allow someone to donate money.
Kumekucha Blog :If you are interested in being a part of a political solution to the process, I found this great blog that has a large, vibrant community full of lively debate. They have something that is coming to be known as the Cellar Group
who are drafting comprehensive resolutions and plans to deal with the situation. I believe the writers are all in Kenya so yet again you have access to people who have their pulse to the situation. I have also written to them to learn more about how we can help.
I hope these initiatives help get you started in the right direction. If you have anything to add, please leave a comment below, or trackback to my blog from yours. More to come soon so subscribe to receive updates.