Interesting Acquaintances …
Simon Peter and Maximilian Ullrich, on behalf of Make Me Smile Kenya- and International, were invited to attend the Celebration of the Austrian National Day at the Austrian Embassy in Nairobi. Very promising acquaintances were made and discussions held, amongst others with Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who acknowledged our efforts and hopes for an ongoing close co-operation between Make Me Smile and the foreign ministry. Beside this, we had interesting conversations with Amb. Monica Juma, P.A. of the Kenyan Foreign Minister, Amb. Michael Oyugi, Kenyan Ambassador to Austria, as well as with representatives of UNICEF Kenya, SOS Children’s Villages Kenya and Hope for Future.
… and a helpful donation
The Austrian Embassy has also funded one of Make Me Smile Kenya’s reproductive health programs with 3.000€. Namely the one-year “Rain Worker” implementation phase of 60 Community Health Workers and Make Me Smile CHVs reaching out to the community and creating awareness in Family Planning, Safe Motherhood, HIV/Aids Prevention, with special attention to dealing with youths, after having received extensive training from our partner NGO “Aktion Regen” and the Ministry of Health of Kisumu County.