Kurt Fearnley Special Needs Unit and Edmund Rice Foundation office officially open in Nairobi.
February saw the opening of two fantastic initiatives within Edmund Rice Foundation.
The Kurt Fearnley Special Needs Unit opened within the Ruben Centre along with the opening of a new Edmund Rice Foundation office based in Nairobi.
Both are great steps forward in supporting communities within Nairobi and towards sustainability within our programs.
We were honored to have Australian sporting icon and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Fearnley attend the opening in late February 2019 where he spent time visiting with the kids of Mukuru…which excitingly included a few races!
The Kurt Fearnley Special Needs Unit focuses on inclusive education, where children with disability can be fast-tracked into mainstream schooling. The Unit will allow 50 plus children to receive meals, OT, physiotherapy and an education five days a week.
The visit also allowed Kurt, Edmund Rice Foundation staff and Gone Fishing Immersion participants to speak with Alison Chartres from the Australian High Commissioner Kenya. It was a great opportunity to discuss Australia’s approach to inclusive education and access for Kenyans with a disability to a more level playing field and we look forward to working with Alison in the future.
On Friday 1st March, the Edmund Rice Foundation Australia (ERFA) Kenyan branch office was officially opened.
The “development office” is dedicated to providing continuous training, support and mentoring to all ERFA partner programs and their staff and to facilitating ERFA supporter visits to Africa. The work undertaken by the office ensures that ERFA’s vision for access to quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all, supporting empowered communities that determine their own futures, is being realised.
Office team members are:
Richard Patris, Africa Development Manager
Mark Okeyo, Finance and Capacity Building Manager
Samuel Karanja, Donor Relations and Immersions Coordinator
Sammy Muga, Development Officer
Joy Henry, Administration Officer
The establishment of this office has been made possible through the vision and generous financial support of long time ERFA supporter, Steve Graham. Travers Graham represented the Graham family at the opening, cutting the ribbon and unveiling the plaque. ERFA’s CEO, Bren Arkinstall, and Richard Patris both gave short speeches and a Vote of Thanks was delivered by Br Tony Shanahan, Christian Brothers’ East Africa District Leader.