Students Return 2007

2/07:  Three of last year's medical student volunteers returned to Kenya, along with several other medical students.  They continued community development work at EmBulBul, an impoverished village an hour's drive from Nairobi.  We wish them godspeed!  And...if you care to help with donations for meds and their expenses, please contact:

Help for Business Development

The Marketing Department in Loyola University Chicago's School of Business Administration has assigned a team of three students to work with us in Chicago and Nairobi, as part of their graduate coursework,  developing HARAMBEE's business and marketing plan.  The goal is to use appropriate business principles and tools to transform our charitable enterprise (craft workshops employing HIV+  Kenyan women) into a self-supporting, sustainable business marketing handicrafts in the U.S., Kenya, and on our website.  Stay tuned for more, or contact us! feedback  Thank you to  Dr. Jill Graham and Dr. Michael Welch.

Service Trip 2007

During this past year, Barb Bodner, of Oak Park, Illinois, experimented with soapmaking, using materials readily available in Kenya.  On our first day in Kenya, she was off & running teaching the Mukuru women's group how to make and market the soap, with the help of Carol Flasnick, a volunteer from Helena, Montana.  The same program was held in Naivasha at Upendo Village, and in western Kenya in Kitale (after a marvelous singing/dancing greeting by Turkana women).  Soapmaking will provide a profitable small business opportunity for these women's groups.  Barb is nothing short of a genius for being able to work her chemistry magic under conditions less than ideal and across formidable language barriers.