WBEZ | Kenya http://www.wbez.org/tags/kenya Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: 'Worldview Education and Care' aiding children in Tanzania and across Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-worldview-education-and-care-aiding-children-tanzania-and <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Worldview.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e6e5cb31-4504-0dc8-eebe-ac45629e8353">Chicagoans, Ann Avery, and her husband Robert, founded <a href="http://www.worldvieweducationandcare.org/">Worldview Education and Care</a> after witnessing the plight of young people in the Meru district of northern Tanzania. Among many services, the group helps Tanzanians by providing scholarships for child and adult education, including living expenses and medical care. They also run a girls&#39; empowerment program to help struggling and single mothers attend school as well support an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQPEUo8264w&amp;feature=youtu.be">orphanage</a>. For our </span>Global Activism series, Ann and group supporter, Susie Rheault, will talk about their work and a program to foster HIV/AIDS awareness through sports.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158146754&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-worldview-education-and-care-aiding-children-tanzania-and Israel launches airstrikes in response to teen deaths http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-01/israel-launches-airstrikes-response-teen-deaths-110437 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP76527298289.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The bodies of three Israeli teenagers that went missing in the West Bank were found Monday in a Palestinian town. The Israeli government has launched a series of airstrikes in response. We&#39;ll talk with Alex Goldman-Shayman, the Israeli Deputy Consul General to the Midwest.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Israel launches airstrikes in response to teen deaths" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-01/israel-launches-airstrikes-response-teen-deaths-110437 Global Activism: Long Grove native advocates for sex education in Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-long-grove-native-advocates-sex-education-africa-110256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Afreaka.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dana deGrazia was so inspired by the work of her sister and Global Activist, Aliya deGrazia (Small Planet, Big Plans), that she started her own NGO, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/AfreakaMovement">Afreaka</a>.&quot; It came from two experiences in Dana&rsquo;s life: her less than adequate experience with sex education in junior high school; and her time as a student in Kenya, where she was &ldquo;shocked&rdquo; from &ldquo;the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education.&rdquo; Afreaka&rsquo;s goal is to &ldquo;provide accurate and unbiased knowledge about sexual health, parenthood and contraception choices to teens and young adults across African generations through urban art and music...&rdquo; Dana joins us to discuss her work.<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146303042&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe><strong>Dana is passioante about her cause:</strong></p><p><em>I got my first sex education in junior high school and I realized even then that we had a problem. It was full of generalized points and lots of giggling and laughing but not a lot of practical information. I also realized that I was more comfortable than the average person addressing the issues. I took this into other areas in high school such as becoming president of the Gay Straight Alliance and working to have straight and clear conversations about the choices young people are considering. The older I got, the more disappointed I became in the quantity and quality of information, but I was really blown away when I went to Africa. </em></p><p><em>Initially I went to Africa to peruse a degree in International Relations. I have always believed if you are going to work in that field you should spend more than a semester in Spain drinking Sangria. So I moved in with my sister who had an apartment there and was working on her degree. I am now majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in International Relations. I intend on pursuing a career in international anti-corruption investigations.</em></p><p><em>Living in the community and talking to my peers I was shocked and concerned by the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education. A healthy understanding of both sex and intimacy should not be an oddity for anyone, especially not someone my age. The longer I lived in Kenya, the more I realized that it was an oddity for people. I traced this not only to a lack of unbiased information but to people, even health care professionals, providing sometimes outlandishly inaccurate information.</em></p><p><em>When I first came up with the concept for Afreaka it was actually because I was drawing and I drew a design that I liked and would wear on a piece of clothing, but then I decided I liked a lot of my designs and that if I were going to do something like a clothing line I wanted it to mean more to the world and to make a difference to people. From there the ideas just kept flowing. Although I was born and raised in Illinois I consider Kenya my home as I have lived there since I was 17. Seeing people in the U.S., and in Kenya struggle with conversations about sex and intimacy made me decide that something needed to be done but it needed to be done differently as what we were doing was not working for my generation.</em></p><p><em>My Parents and my sister Aliya, who has been on Worldview twice discussing her work in rural Kenya, are an inspirational and driving force to keep me pushing forward. With their encouragement and support I know Afreaka can break through the walls that separate the generations from having real communication.</em></p><p><em>With a background as the former president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at a top high school, a senior graduate of a world renowned communications program and extensive traveling around Africa I am confident I can, along with a team of committed and energetic musicians, artists and designers, create lasting and revolutionary change in the way sex and intimacy is looked at and talked about with young people today. Afreaka may be a young organization now but with time I believe it will become a leader in changing the way the world treats the conversation about sex and intimacy and it will put Africa at the head of forward and open thinking about one of the most personal topics people face.</em></p><p><em>Afreaka to me is the possibility of knowledge, full self-expression and communication world-wide.</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-long-grove-native-advocates-sex-education-africa-110256 Global Activism: "Grow a doc" program brings health care to rural Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-grow-doc-program-brings-health-care-rural-africa-108718 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/South Sudan refugee camp Project Harambee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&quot;Harambee&quot; is a Kiswahili term that means &quot;all pull together.&quot; When Kathleen Harrison gave her non-profit organization the name <a href="http://&quot;Harambee&quot; is a Kiswahili term that means &quot;all put together.&quot; When Kathleen Harrison gave her non-profit organization the name Project Harambee, she was hoping to put a lot together in many little ways. For the past eight years, Harrison, a social activist and geneticist, has focused her energy on expanding health care to African families, particularly those affected by HIV. Through her &quot;Grow a Doc&quot; program, Harrison provides scholarships to medical school students in Kenya. She also spearheads community initiatives geared toward providing education, food and solar power to families in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Harrison joins us to talk about her latest projects.">Project Harambee</a>, she was hoping to pull a lot together in many little ways. For the past eight years, Harrison, a social activist and geneticist, has focused her energy on expanding health care to African families, particularly those affected by HIV. Through her &quot;Grow a Doc&quot; program, Harrison provides scholarships to medical school students in Kenya. She also spearheads community initiatives geared toward providing education, food and solar power to families in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Harrison joins us to talk about her latest projects.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109004416&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-grow-doc-program-brings-health-care-rural-africa-108718 Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP700189680557_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bo Xilai&#39;s trial begins in China. Radioactive water continues to leak at Fukushima plant. A Chicagoan is helping to expand sex education programs in Kenya.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106703310&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya" target="_blank">View the story "Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya" on Storify</a>]</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 Greek austerity talks, Nazi war criminals and women's rugby in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-12/greek-austerity-talks-nazi-war-criminals-and-womens-rugby-kenya-108378 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP403201976482.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Worldview takes a look at the recent death of Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary and ways of keeping the Holocaust legacy alive. Last week, Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras met with President Obama to discuss economic growth for Greece. We discuss the state of women&#39;s rugby in Kenya.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105123794&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-greek-austerity-talks-in-the-oval-office.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-greek-austerity-talks-in-the-oval-office" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Greek austerity talks, Nazi war criminals and women's rugby in Kenya " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-12/greek-austerity-talks-nazi-war-criminals-and-womens-rugby-kenya-108378 The unlikely coach of Kenya's top runners http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/unlikely-coach-kenyas-top-runners-101169 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP08011108377.jpg" title="Kenyan runners return to training in the town of Iten in Kenya. (AP/Ben Curtis)" /></div><p>Potbellied and unassuming, 63-year-old Colm O&rsquo;Connell doesn&rsquo;t look like the kind of guy who trains world class athletes. But among those under his tutelage is Kenyan <a href="http://http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/07/david-rudisha-olympics-2012-track-800-meter" target="_blank">David Rudisha</a>, the reigning world champion of the 800-meter race and presumed gold medalist in the London Olympics. In addition to not looking the part, O&rsquo;Connell eschews new-fangled techniques like measuring runners&rsquo; lactate threshold and maximum oxygen consumption. His is a more intuitive technique. Oh, and did I mention he&rsquo;s an Irish priest?</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/running/road-running/Father-Knows-Best-20120801.html?page=all">profile</a> for the August edition of <a href="http://www.outsideonline.com/"><em>Outside Magazine</em></a>, London-based writer <a href="http://www.edcaesar.co.uk/" target="_blank">Ed Caesar</a> chronicles how O&rsquo;Connell became &ldquo;the most successful running coach in history&rdquo; and something of a celebrity in Iten, the Kenyan village that produces many of the country&rsquo;s top athletes. Having lived in Iten for decades, the priest knows the complexities of dealing with vulnerable young people looking for a way out of extreme poverty.</p><p>Of the priest&rsquo;s unorthodox style, Caesar writes:</p><blockquote><p><br /><em>He will never coach a school-age pupil who isn&rsquo;t in school full time. He won&rsquo;t coach more than four or five professionals at a time, and he&rsquo;ll only coach would-be pros who came through his junior program. And he &mdash; not Athletics Kenya nor the dozens of European and American managers who have flooded into the Rift Valley looking to sign talent and make money on lucrative races &mdash; will decide his athletes&rsquo; event schedules.</em></p></blockquote><p><br />Unlike other coaches, O&rsquo;Connell receives no payment for his work. According to Caesar, he&rsquo;s unlikely to cheer on David Rudisha in London; he relies on the generosity of others when he needs to travel.</p><p>Cesar joins us Wednesday on <em>Worldview</em>.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/unlikely-coach-kenyas-top-runners-101169 Global Activism: Clean water brings big changes to village in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-05/global-activism-clean-water-brings-big-changes-village-kenya-95314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-05/GA2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On this week's <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, <em>Worldview</em> talks to Aliya de Grazia. After graduating high school at 18, she decided to put off attending an honors program at Purdue University. Instead, she headed off to volunteer in rural Kenya so she could, as she says, “give something back.”&nbsp;</p><p>Aliya ended up starting her own organization to help bring clean water to the village of Mulot, the place where she'd been volunteering.&nbsp; It’s called <a href="http://www.smallplanetbigplans.org/Home_Page.php" target="_blank">Small Planet Big Plans</a>. She tells <em>Worldview </em>about the big changes that have come about from a bore hole and clean water.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Watch this video of Aliya's return trip to Mulot after her organization helped bring clean water to the village.&nbsp;</strong> <strong>What ensues is an impromptu party.</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/34616291?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600" frameborder="0" height="450"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-05/global-activism-clean-water-brings-big-changes-village-kenya-95314 Global Activism: Battling HIV/AIDS on Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria, Kenya http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-06/global-activism-battling-hivaids-mfangano-island-lake-victoria-kenya-929 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-06/Internet center pic.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chas and Marco Salmen are the founders of <a href="http://organichealthresponse.org/" target="_blank">Organic Health Response</a>, or OHR. Started in 2008, OHR represents the vision of Kenyan organic farmers, teachers and health workers on Mfangano Island in Kenya’s Lake Victoria. The island's population of nearly 20,000 has one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence in the world.</p><p>OHR employs an innovative combination of information technology, social networking and environmental science to turn the tide against the spread of the disease. Chas and Marco tell us about the island's population and shares the fascinating story behind the origins of OHS.</p></p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-06/global-activism-battling-hivaids-mfangano-island-lake-victoria-kenya-929 Worldview 10.6.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-10611 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-06/mfangano-island-pic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we feature the <a href="http://organichealthresponse.org/" target="_blank">Organic Health Response</a> (OHR), a multi-faceted organization that serves Kenya’s Suba community on Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria. The isolated population of 20,000 has one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence in the world. &nbsp;OHR responded with an innovative program. They built a solar-powered community internet center that’s free to all residents who know their HIV status, and they provide testing and counseling on-site.&nbsp; But that’s just one of several projects OHS has in the works. Founder Chas Salmen tells us about the island's population and shares the fascinating story behind the origins of OHS.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-10611