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Kenya approves issuance of first green bond
18 August 2019 - Kenya has approved its first ever issuance of a green bond, which will raise 5 billion shillings ($48.45 million) for student accommodation, the capital markets regulator CMA said on Thursday [15 August]. (more)

'Peace ambassadors' ease water conflicts in drought-prone Kenya
27 June 2019 - Across Kenya's arid and semi-arid regions, communities face intensifying water shortages, as growing populations draw water from sources already depleted by climate change-linked drought. Volunteers are being trained to show rural communities ways to use water more efficiently to grow crops, and how to ease local tensions over the scarce resource. (more)

For Kenyan tribes, saving forests is a sacred duty
29 May 2019 - Kenya's government says it is counting on communities to help restore degraded forests and boost tree cover. Across Kenya, nature-worshipping tribes have taken on the responsibility of protecting their local forests. And their grassroots actions are making a small but significant difference as the rest of the country works to combat deforestation and restore its depleted forests. (more)

Gangs to gardens: Kenyan youth shun crime to create green spaces
10 May 2019 - People's Park was a dumping site and a crime hotspot in Nairobi, now it's been transformed into a well-manicured park and a popular spot for residents to meet and play. As a young man, Moses Muchina used to rob people who were unlucky enough to have to cross through the Kenyan slum of Korogocho after dark. But today, People's Park is no longer a 'no-go zone', as Muchina called it. And it was Muchina, along with a group of former gang members, who led the transformation. (more)

Kenyan teacher who gives away 80 percent of his salary is awarded a $1M global prize
25 March 2019 - A math and physics teacher from rural Kenya, who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor, has won a $1 million prize. Peter Tabichi ... was awarded the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize on Sunday (24 March). He teaches at a rural Kenyan school in Pwani Village, with only one computer, poor internet, and a student-teacher ratio of 58:1. Nearly all his students are from poor families, and almost a third of them are orphans or have only one parent. (more)

Cameras spot Kenya's rare black panther
13 February 2019 - Images of a rare African black leopard have been captured in Kenya, the first verifiable record of the animal for nearly 100 years, researchers have said. Using motion-sensitive cameras set up near water holes, researchers from San Diego Zoo Global and the Loisaba Conservancy captured video of the largely nocturnal cat after receiving reports of sightings from local pastoralists in Laikipia County in northern Kenya. (more)

Kenya: Moi airport's solar system seeks to reduce plane emissions
14 December 2018 - Moi International Airport became the first airport in East Africa to install a solar system to power machines meant for reduction of carbon emissions by planes during take-off. The solar system will help reduce carbon emissions through providing pre-conditioned (bringing outside air to the plane) and compatible electricity through machines that run on solar energy to a plane during ground operations. (more)

Kenya: Moi International Airport to operate on solar power
2 November 2018 - An international solar company, Solarcentury, has signed a contract with ICAO to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at the Moi International Airport, Mombasa. This marks the first airport to have a solar PV system installed in East Africa. ... Once completed, the solar system will enable the international airport to save many thousands of dollars per year on grid consumption for at least 25 years, while reducing aviation carbon emissions. (more)

Rain or shine, grain banks help Kenyan farmers beat trade cartels
2 November 2018 - For a farmer who has repeatedly suffered poor harvests due to inadequate rains, Silas Kirimi was surprised to find himself with the opposite problem this year: What to do with last season's bumper harvest of green gram? When a harvest is better than expected, storage facilities mean farmers keep the extra cash, rather than middleman traders. (more)

Kenya airport turns to solar power as it aims to cut emissions
1 November 2018 - An airport in Kenya is set to have a ground-mounted, 500-kilowatt solar system installed. The photovoltaic system would offset 1,300 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Solarcentury added that the installation would make Moi International Airport the first in East Africa to have a solar photovoltaic system installed. Photovoltaic cells directly convert the light of the sun into electricity. (more)


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Nandi Hills, Kenya: Local people enjoy Transcendental Meditation, Consciousness-Based Education
1 May 2014 - The beautiful Nandi Hills area of Kenya is located near the equator at 2,000 metres above sea level, overlooking the famed Rift Valley. In 2009 people in some of the villages in this rural part of Kenya began learning Transcendental Meditation (TM). There are now over 700 people in Nandi Hills practising the simple, natural technique. The District Chief once commented that 'Fairfield (in Iowa, USA, the home of Maharishi University of Management) may be ''TM Town'', but I want Nandi Hills to be ''TM Town 2''.' Many children in the area have learned Transcendental Meditation, and one of the school principals has been trained as a TM teacher. Inspired by the positive changes and academic progress of the children, many adults are also learning the technique, including most of the children's mothers. (more)

Kenya: Nandi Hills a bright spot with hundreds practising Transcendental Meditation
19 June 2013 - In the beautiful greater Nandi Hills area of Kenya, about 250 km west of Nairobi, a community hall under construction this year is nearly completed. Recent visitors reported that the roof was going up on the single storey, 300 square metre building. The new centre was designed and is being built in accord with the principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture, and will serve as a hub for people in the area to practise Transcendental Meditation together, generating peace and harmony in the region. (more)

A Maharishi Vastu community centre begins to rise in Kenya
15 January 2013 - Construction has begun on a community hall fully in accord with the principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture, to accommodate the activities of the Transcendental Meditation programme and serve the meditating community of Nandi Hills, Kenya--as a gathering place and a source of coherence and peace. (more)

Kenya: Women and girls in Nandi Hills thriving on Transcendental Meditation
27 July 2012 - In the beautiful Nandi Hills region of Kenya, above the famed Rift Valley, a village continues to thrive and grow through the Transcendental Meditation programme. Among the meditators is a large, enthusiastic group of women--more than 55 mothers and grandmothers--many of whom meet several times a week to meditate together. Transcendental Meditation 'has brought a lot of happiness and a lot of love in our homes,' said one mother. 'It has brought us together as a community.' (more)

Kenya: Fulfilling the desire of 'these serious and sincere young people' for an enlightened education
24 March 2012 - After visiting a primary school in Kenya where all the students practise Transcendental Meditation, Dr Bevan Morris said, 'You just want [the students] to have everything in the world. Your heart pours out to them. They're very serious and sincere young people and you want to do everything, give everything to them, that they could have an enlightened education' through the gift of Maharishi's system of education. (more)

Kenya: Headmistress praises students' increased confidence after learning Transcendental Meditation
24 March 2012 - The former headmistress of a school for girls in Nairobi, Kenya recently spoke at length about the dramatic effects the school saw when Transcendental Meditation was first offered there. She said that a lot of the girls, before they learned to meditate, wouldn't speak up in class; they would never speak in front of a group. In contrast, 'after they learned, they became confident and began to speak in an articulate fashion.' The girls also began to enjoy their math and physics classes. (more)

Kenya: Transcendental Meditation welcomed by local leadership in Nandi Hills
24 March 2012 - Nandi Hills, Kenya is a beautiful and special place, said Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, who visited there recently on his tour of Africa. 'This is a place where there is a great concentration of the practice of Transcendental Meditation.' Many in the community practise Transcendental Meditation, and community leaders have expressed the desire for it to be 'a Transcendental Meditation town'. (more)

Kenya: Warm welcome for Consciousness-Based Education pioneer from community, primary school
24 March 2012 - Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, received a warm welcome from a primary school in Nandi Hills, Kenya, in which many students practise the Transcendental Meditation Technique. In addition to students and parents, the district school chief welcomed the visitors as well. Dr Morris said that it is not just the children who are affected by the school's implementation of Consciousness-Based Education, 'the community is deeply involved in practising Transcendental Meditation.' (more)

Kenyan educator on Transcendental Meditation: 'This is something universal'
24 March 2012 - Arriving in Nairobi, Kenya on his 14-country tour of Africa, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, focused on presenting the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education and Transcendental Meditation for Kenyan students and schools. In meetings with education leaders, he gave a talk to an organization that develops curriculum for schools. The director was very interested in the presentation and later commented: 'This is something universal. This is something that relates to the human being, to any human being. It's about the brain and the development of the brain. It's about intelligence and the development of intelligence.' (more)

Washington, DC conference on Kenya highlighted Maharishi's programmes for Africa
27 July 2010 - A conference for Kenyans living in the United States featured experts in the health and education programmes offered by the Global Country of World Peace presenting their benefits for traditional African communities. The conference was held in Washington, DC, and titled Gotabgaa, 'our homeland family'. (more)


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Power from Kenya's planned coal-fired power plant could cost 10 times more than estimated: study
11 June 2019 - Electricity from a coal-fired power plant due to be built in Kenya by a Kenyan-Chinese consortium will cost consumers up to 10 times more than planned, a U.S. thinktank says, raising further doubts about the long-delayed project. Construction of the plant on the Kenyan mainland opposite the tourist island of Lamu was scheduled to begin in 2015 but has been repeatedly halted ... (more)

Tens of thousands of Kenyans go hungry after floods - aid agencies
4 July 2018 - Tens of thousands of survivors of Kenya's worst floods in recent years are living on the brink with barely enough food to eat two months after the disaster, aid workers warned on Wednesday (4 July), calling on authorities to provide increased funding and support. Incessant heavy rainfall in March and April caused dams and rivers in parts of the East African nation to overflow, submerging crops, and washing away homes. At least 186 people died and more than 300,000 others were forced to flee. (more)

Drug use in Kenya's coast communities up as West-bound heroin flows through
3 July 2018 - Heroin use is increasing in Kenya's coastal communities as international traffickers use them as a transit point for drugs bound from Afghanistan to the West, creating health and social problems, a European Union-funded report said on Tuesday (3 July). The port cities of Mombasa, Malindi, and Lamu have been particularly hard hit in recent years, it said. (more)

Fears for refugees health in Kenya as food aid rations halved
6 December 2016 - Food rations to more than 400,000 refugees in Kenya have been halved due to severe funding shortages, and existing supplies will run out completely at the end of February, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Kenya hosts 434,000 refugees from 21 countries, mainly from war-torn neighbouring South Sudan and Somalia, in two overcrowded camps on its northern borders. (more)

From cattle raiders to heavy rains: Kenya's displaced families under threat
31 December 2015 - In Baringo country, the impacts of climate change have been devastating. Droughts have exacerbated cattle raiding, while now heavy rains threaten to wash away makeshift homes. 2015 has been another dry year and what were once rivers look more like dusty roads. Water scarcity has led to diminishing lands for pasture. And this, in turn, has led to a rise in cattle raiding. Traditionally, cattle raiding was as way of raising a dowry, but it has since taken on a more criminal and violent nature, often leading to deaths and displacements. In Baringo county, around 1,500 families are reportedly displaced due to cattle raids, and prolonged dry spells have exacerbated this trend. (more)

Kenya tourist numbers down by a quarter so far in 2015
12 June 2015 - The number of visitors to Kenya fell by 25 percent in the first five months of 2015, according to tourism board figures, showing just how badly the industry has been damaged by a spate of Islamist militant attacks that have killed hundreds. Tourism is a vital foreign exchange earner for the east African nation, which boasts palm-fringed beaches and safari trails, but a two-year slump has forced hotels to shut, cut job numbers, and sent the shilling to 3-1/2-year lows. (more)

Al-Shabab militants kill 147 at university in Kenya
2 April 2015 - Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. The masked attackers armed with AK-47s singled out non-Muslim students at Garissa University College and then gunned them down without mercy, survivors said. Others ran for their lives with bullets whistling through the air. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. Most of the 147 dead were students. (more)

Four rhinos killed in Kenya's worst poaching attack in years
13 July 2014 - Two armed gangs killed four rhinos for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident in the country in more than 25 years, the spokesman for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Friday. Poaching across sub-Saharan Africa is on the rise as armed criminal gangs kill elephants for tusks and rhinos for horns, usually to be shipped to Asia for use in ornaments and medicines. The poaching on Wednesday night took place at the private Ol Jogi ranch near Nanyuki, about 200 km (120 miles) north of Nairobi. Paul Muya, a spokesman for KWS which has overall responsibility for wildlife in Kenya, told Reuters the rhino bodies were found on two separate sites on the 58,000-acre ranch and the poachers escaped with three of the animals' eight horns. One conservationist said the Ol Jogi raid was the worst poaching incident in Kenya since five white rhinos were killed in one swoop in Meru Park in 1988. Muya said he also believed it to be the biggest attack since then. 'They've got high levels of security there, so the implications are that really rhino are not safe anywhere,' said the conservationist. (more)

Red Cross: 22 dead in attacks on Kenyan coast
6 July 2014 - Twenty-two people were killed in overnight attacks by gunmen in two counties on the Kenyan coast, where al-Qaida-linked militants last month claimed responsibility for killing 65 people, the Kenya Red Cross said Sunday. The Saturday night attacks took place in the towns of Hindi in Lamu county and Gamba in Tana River, Kenya Red Cross chief Abbas Gulet said. Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to the Lamu county commissioner Njenga Miiri, a group of about 15 gunmen raided the Malamandi village of Hindi and started shooting at residents. The gunmen also attacked Gamba police station, Kenya's police chief David Kimaiyo said. The nine victims in Gamba included five inmates said to be non-Muslim, who were killed when the gunmen attacked the police station, said a senior police officer who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media. Three other inmates escaped with the gunmen. Kenya has suffered a spate of gun and explosive attacks since deploying its troops in October 2011 to fight al-Shabab militants. (more)

At least 20 killed in tribal clashes in Kenya - police
22 June 2014 - At least 20 people were killed in inter-clan violence in northern Kenya on Sunday, the police said, further destabilising one of Kenya's most volatile regions. The clashes between the Degodia and Gare communities started in mid-May and has led to more than 40 deaths in Wajir county that borders Somalia, local media reported. The fighting was the latest in a series of tit-for-tat killings that are ostensibly part of a longstanding grazing land and water dispute between the two tribes. Wajir area is widely seen one of the least stable parts of Kenya, with bandits roaming vast tracts of arid land and Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants staging cross border raids. An influx of weapons across Kenya's borders, in particular from Somalia, has intensified the ferocity of attacks between rival communities in recent years. (more)

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