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Re: [holistichelping] Donations Needed: Please Help Rebuild SIDAREC Centre/Thanks George(s)!!

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  • Janet Feldman
    Dear George N, BF George, Gichane, and All, It s great to hear from you both, and thanks so much for your marvelous response, George (N)! I/we also appreciate
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 3, 2009
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      Dear George N, BF George, Gichane, and All,
      It's great to hear from you both, and thanks so much for your marvelous response, George (N)! I/we also appreciate you posting this along to some other forums, which was in my mind to do today (so great minds think alike :)). 
      I wanted to ask people to respond to George Onyango at both email addresses given (geogias@... and george@...), as I have occasionally been turned away from the latter for some reason. The Yahoo address always seems to work well.
      It's a wonderful testimony you have given, George N, to the value of the Pumwani Centre for the community there. Hopefully people will be even more encouraged to contribute as a result!
      I would also like to note that you yourself are in need of some equipment to carry on your vital and essential work, which was stolen and/or destroyed recently. A video camera, phone, and a few other items, about which I hope you will post for all to see.
      Greatest thanks to Gichane Muraguri of KCA for being so quick on the follow-up too, and we look forward to a report and some possible courses of action after the meeting!
      With immense appreciation again and greatest blessings to all, Janet
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 12:42 PM
      Subject: [holistichelping] Donations Needed: Please Help Rebuild SIDAREC's Pumwani Resource Centre and Radio Station

      Dear Kenyans and friends of Kenya,
      We, at  Bunge la Mwananchi, are saddened to learn of the burning of Pumwani Resource Centre a SIDAREC (www.sidarec.org). The resource centre has been a hope hub for children and people in Nairobi's Majengo area and environs. In the midst of the very challenging circumstances of a slum life, Pumwani Resource Centre has served as a library and information centre, that also housed the Ghetto FM radio station. In one blow of fire, the community has lost means of supplementing free primary education for many school going children in the slums, means of community communication and means of livelihood for many.
      I am therefore appealling to all people of goodwill around the world to support SIDAREC in rebuilding the resource centre. I know we can and I have no doubt we shall put up another resource centre even better than the one that was there. For information on waht you can do get in touch with George Onyango: george@... . We at Bunge la Mwananchi we shall be communicating our contribution towards rebuilding in a couple of weeks.
      For and on behalf of Bunge la Mwananchi
      George Nyongesa
      +254 720 451 235

      --- On Tue, 2/3/09, GEORGE ONYANGO <geogias@...> wrote:
      From: GEORGE ONYANGO <geogias@...>
      Subject: Re: [africa-oped] Donations Needed: Please Help Rebuild SIDAREC's Pumwani Resource Centre and Radio Station
      To: africa-oped@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 4:42 PM

      Dearest BF, thanks so much for spreading the word. Gichane, KCA President already communicated with me. We will be meeting tomorrow at our offices to go and witness what happened. I know many people are going to respond....we are keeping our fingers crossed. So many young people depend on our work, and we are going to try our best to see that things go back to normal.

      Kind regards
      George Onyango
      Project Administrator
      Slums Information Development & Resource Centres(SIDAREC)
      P.O.BOX 9687 00300
      TEL.+254-20- 246961/247356
      MOBILE:+254- 727557223
      E-mail:george@ sidarec.or. ke
      Website: www.sidarec. org
      Skype: george.onyango

      From: Janet Feldman <kaippg@earthlink. net>
      To: Kenya-aids@yahoogro ups.com; kca_main@yahoogroup s.com; africa-oped <africa-oped@ yahoogroups. com>
      Cc: actalive@yahoogroup s.com; mwananchi@yahoogrou ps.com
      Sent: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 8:29:34 AM
      Subject: [africa-oped] Donations Needed: Please Help Rebuild SIDAREC's Pumwani Resource Centre and Radio Station

      Dear Friends,
      I have just received some terrible news from George Onyango, co-founder of SIDAREC, a dynamic youth-focused nonprofit operating in some of Nairobi's most disadvantaged communities, among them Kibera and Pumwani.
      One of their best-known and most-utilized libraries, and a radio station that--during last year's violence-- continually promoted peace and tolerance, have been lost in a raging fire, one that burned everything to the ground.
      SIDAREC has pledged to the young people and residents of Pumwani that it will rebuild these invaluable resources. To do it as quickly as possible, they need as much help as they can get. Donations of equipment, books, money, and other kinds of supplies will all be useful, and deeply appreciated.
      Please see George's contact information below, and visit SIDAREC at www.sidarec. org
      With greatest thanks for whatever you can do, and blessings to all!  Janet (Feldman, kaippg@earthlink. net)
      Dear Friends,

      I wanted to bring to your attention the loss we just had here in our organization. The Pumwani Resource Centre got burned to the ground yesternight. We lost everything.. ..our radio station, the library, and classrooms.
      What took years to achieve went up in smoke within hours. We cannot speculate yet about the fire, but  we did make some enemies last year with our work on civic education, and through the radio programs on peace. 
      Pumwani has been a reminder to most of us what determination and hard work can achieve. With the help of friends now we hope to rebuild. The radio station can be up in the next two weeks if we get  equipment. The library will take another three months, depending on how fast we move with fundraising.
      We are asking all friends and well-wishers to do what they can to help. Please contact George Onyango at geogias@yahoo. com for more information, or about donations.  Greatest thanks to all!

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