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Africa and Us Roundtable by Victoria Ogundipe

1 May

Africa and Us

The Africa and Us Round-table has been organized by Victoria Ogundipe to take place in New York on May 26th 2012. The Forum aims to address three Main Issues of Africa in order to invest and plant the seeds of a secure future. The issues to bve addressed include: Lack of Quality Education, Inefficiencies in Governance, and Unemployment/ Economic Instability. The goal of the forum is to address and create solutions for these challenges. Spring Break Kenya shall also be highlighted and the Camping Video shall also be released to the participants to underscore some of the solutions that Young Thinkers are coming up with in order to create a more prosperous and successful generation with the capacity to transform this Continent and change its fortunes. Miss Ogundipe, a dedicated young Intellectual with a vision, is on a mission to awaken the minds of Africa through the Round-table in order to increase awareness and develop partnerships with organizations like Spring Break and its partner organizations within and outside the Continent. The Round-table shall also aim to financially support the ongoing Camp 2012 organized by Spring Break Kenya, which begins on May 20th 2012, in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

Miss Ogundipe is native of the West African Country of Nigeria pursuing Higher Learning in Bard College, New York. She is a believer in Africa’s resurgence. One of her favorite Quotes is highlighted below

“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind,someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions,someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad,if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”


Spring Break Camp 2012 Participant: VALERIE WANJIKU

1 May


I want to go on this trip because I want to expose myself to an experience that will enable me to think more broadly and openly. I want to meet people, share ideas with them, make friends as well as get to know myself much better. This trip will unlock talents in me that I don’t know of as yet and improve me and make me a better person, socially and professionally. It will also enable me to get ways in which I would give back to the society and help others to make the world a better place to live in. I chose youth and education first of all because I am a young person and a learner. The youth are a vibrant group with a lot of potential and energy and also faced with numerous challenges, education being among them. These challenges may be in accessing education or applying the education acquired professionally. It is also interesting to deal with the youth because of their determination, energy, charisma and talent.

Spring Break Camp 2012 Participant: JOSEPH K WAMBUGU

29 Apr




I want to go on a trip to increase my scope of understanding of my own social life and identity in order to be able to blend in the community as am trying to bring the changes I desire to bring. Additionally being on a trip with intellectuals will always give you a chance to interact, socialize, network, learn, broaden knowledge base (knowledge management). I am an agent of change, and being on this trip gives me an opportunity to practice and bring that change in collaboration with spring break camp. I choose my social issues because: they change my life positively, they change other people’s economic, social and environmental life positively, add value to my being, and bring long term change to me and my country

Spring Break Camp 2012 Participant: SERAH MUINDI

22 Apr


(COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY) Says …I want to go because this seems like an opportunity to network. The skills I will learn will also be very helpful when it comes to community empowerment and development. I picked on youth and education because am still young and have a passion to see my age mates progressing. I’m good at working in and with a team with regard to building team cohesion. This will affect my trip  in that it will make me a better team member. Am very talkative and this may get on the nerves of come team members and affect their ability to produce results.

Spring Break Camp 2012 Participant: JOB KINYUA MURIITHI

22 Apr



 I want to go on a trip because I love travelling, socializing and basically, learning. Am an outgoing individual who appreciates every bit of adventure and learning. I chose Youth and Education since I understand the need for youth empowerment, not only in Kenya, but also in the whole World too. Youths are most affected by changes in policies, strategies and programs, and in turn with appropriate and right information and knowledge can steer the establishment of the best of these (policies, strategies and programs) for not only them, but also the society.

Spring Break Camp 2012 Participant: ESTHER NDUTA

22 Apr



This is a great opportunity to learn ,make friends and visit the Western part of Kenya which I have never been to and only hear of.For Kenya to fairly compete in the global arena and develop economically ,socially and politically we must do the following.Sensitize the youth on the role they have to play,educate them,make every Kenyan aware of  his or her human rights and  impart knowledge and the necessary skills for them to formulate practical developmental blue-prints.Consequently, we will have solved the hunger problem among many other issue such as illiteracy(which is a cause of underdevelopment.)I also would like to know other ways of conserving the environment other than planting trees and what role I have to play in the conservation of the environment

Volunteer from Canaan Royal Schools: Marion Mayende (Biography)

17 Apr


Ms. Marion Mayende

Director of Image Counseling Center at Canaan Royal Schools

Marion hails from Western Kenya and is married with two children Dan 16 and Patricia 14, and a committed Christian. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Mount Kenya University and a Higher Diploma in Counseling Psychology from the Kenya Institute of Professional Counseling. Marion further holds an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University (Centre for International Humanitarian Corporation).

Marion’s interest in development saw her win The United Nations Global Micro-Entrepreneurship Award (GMA) during the 2005 International Year of Microcredit (cf., credit). It was at this point that Marion realized just how much sustainable and appropriate global development is the most important challenge facing human kind. Her goal is to see Kenya develop economically, socially and politically. She strongly believes that sustainable development is achievable if we put our minds and hearts to it.

Marion has been very instrumental in providing psychosocial interventions in Kenya to victims of the post-election violence in coping with the trauma.  She has had a personal effect in assisting thousands of internally displaced persons rebuild their lives and livelihoods and in fostering peace building through out the region.

Marion serves as the Director of Image counseling Centre, the Canaan Royal schools and a board member at Centre for Community empowerment Marion is totally a respecter of feelings, beliefs and values of other people and enjoys her fruits, vegetables, and gym hours whenever time allows.

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
                                                                                                                             Napoleon Hill