Imperial Health Sciences "adopts" Kenyan children's home
Kenya’s grim AIDS statistics include 150,000 children under the age of 11 who are living with the disease, while 1.1 million Kenyan children under the age of 17 are AIDS orphans.
“It is a desperate situation,” said Dr Iain Barton, Managing Director of Imperial Health Sciences, whose company has just “adopted” Nairobi children’s home Saidia Furaha.
Barton explained that this is a long term project that extends beyond just funding and support for the home.
“Our focus is on helping and empowering the young people in Kenya, and another element of our work with Saidia Furaha is an empowerment initiative through which we are offering training and work experience to high school graduates from the home.”
Two youngsters also joined the Imperial Health Sciences’ team in East Africa in March 2014 to become warehouse operators, revealed Barton.
Saidia Furaha is a non-governmental organisation that runs the small, but welcoming, children’s home situated in Kitengela,just on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, as well as a number of community outreach programmes.
Barton said: “The home currently has 16 resident children aged between five and 17, and also provides for the needs of 67 children under eight who come in daily from the neighboring village for elementary studies.
“It provides a safe haven for orphans, abandoned and abused children. It also accommodates teenage girls rescued from early marriages and female genital mutilation, which though not as common, is still very much in existence in some of the larger Kenyan communities.”
In addition to caring for children in need, Saidia Furaha children’s home also operates community programmes, including monthly seminars on HIV and AIDS targeting the youth and young adults in the local community, he explained.
The home also has a borehole and sells water, on a small scale, to the neighboring community.
Saidia Furaha’s training center provides training in vocational skills like dressmaking and needlework, as well as apprenticeships in metal work and welding.
The home’s nursery school was expanded recently, Barton said, so that neighboring parents can drop off their children for elementary schooling and play, at subsidised costs, for those who are able to afford it.
In addition to Imperial Health Sciences’ commitment to long-term assistance for the home, the company’s employees have also got involved, and a group of staff members recently visited Saidia Furaha with donations of groceries, clothes and gifts.
“It was a humbling and uplifting experience, and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the home to help those in need,” Barton concluded.
Imperial Health Sciences is a member company of Imperial Logistics.
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”