Tracy Monica from Mathare

We would like to introduce you all to Tracy Monica.  Tracy gave us Mountains of the Moon team a wonderful speech in Mathare last December.  Here it is: mathare-speech Once you have read this then have a look at Tracy’s 1st term report at Secondary School below, click on the image and enlarge it:

Tracy’s 1st Term Report

1st Term Report

Following our visit to Mathare and meeting Tracy we decided to support her into Bishop Okoth’s Secondary School for Vulnerable girls.  We are going ot honour Tracy’s request to us at Mathare to help 200 of her peers who are now ready to go to Secondary School and who are vulnerable and at risk where they live now.

Tracy Monica Ochieng

Tracy can be seen in her new school uniform proud as punch as we are of her efforts in her 1st term at her new school.  If you want to help us get other girls and boys out of Mathare please contact us via our email which is: [email protected]. Or call me on 61 2 6927 6027 anytime.


Nonceba Project by Hout Bay Rotary

One of the most heart wrenching places to visit in Cape Town is the Nonceba project. It is also a place of hope for the future of these young children who have been traumatised by the “virgin cure”. Please read the web sites below:

Nonceba Web Site

Ashley Kaimowitz

Here are some photographs taken during our visit there:

If any Rotary clubs or any other organisation reading this post wants to help maintain this wonderful and essential work in Cape Town please contact us and we will send you a DVD. If you need a talk to your club we will be very happy to be invited and explain what this centre is doing to help the most vulnerable and at risk children on this planet.

Snow on the Equator

Coolamon Rotary

Summit day on Mount Margherita. Seven of us started out to climb this mountain for the children of Africa and two made it to the top. Here are some photos of the day Moses and Fred made it. Both Moses and Fred now want to join Rotary and I hope they will. Moses Kashumba and Fred Madden we salute you and thank you for taking the RFFA banner to the third highest mountain in Africa. It was tough and we are told that only 2-3% of those who attempt this climb achieve the summit.


Mathare Fashion Parade

Probably the highlight of the trip for most of us was the welcome we received from the beneficiaries at Mathare.  The children, vulnerable and at risk children, orphans in the most part.  It was these children that we supported in 2007 by climbing Kilimanjaro through RFFA’s orphan Rescue project in conjunction with Hope World Wide.

It was heartening to visit them again and to witness their remarkable progress in this slum, one of the worst in the world, and to see how their light is shining through like a beacon of hope.  Our work is not done here and we would like to think that this coming year we will raise enough funds to see them into secondary school.  This project is highly sustainable and must be kept going at all costs.

Here is a video of the fashion parade one event in the day spent at Mathare and the Kidz Club that will never be forgotten by those of us who were privileged to be there.



Climbing through rain forest

The Mountains of the Moon Team going through rain forest. Hats off to the porters who carry 22 kgs with incredible strength up steep slopes of slippery rocks and mud. These are strong men who earn very little and are rewarded with tips from the climbers. I hope their lot improves as more people go to the Rwenzoris.

Rotary Family Health Day; 30th April 2011

Here is the latest news on what RFFA (Rotarians For Fighting AIDS) in conjunction with District 9200 East Africa are doing to combat the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

If you are a Rotarian one of the best things that you can do is to join RFFA as a life time member and to do this go to the RFFA web site: