October 2012 Newsletter
As I finish up my travels here in the USA, I pause to reflect on my own learning, observations and interactions with those that I have crossed paths. I have had meals with the volunteers and board members, I have discussed international policy at several universities and I have shared my own experiences of global philanthropy with Rotary Clubs, fifth graders and college level optimists.
One of my observations is that the “global village” is no longer conceptual. It is now. It is real. It is today. In a fifth grade classroom, over 80% of the children had relatives in other countries and had traveled there. In addition, young people are crossing global and cultural boundaries daily through Facebook, text messages and Twitter. Taking care of our global brothers and sisters is now more critical than ever.
My time here has also confirmed to me, the curiosity of the American youth, and the generosity of the American people. No matter where I went, I was engaged in deep conversations, intense problem solving discussions and a true desire to reach out and make a difference. Knowing that the youth in my own country of Kenya have those same desires makes me more optimistic than ever that a new future is closer than we think. As the Chairman of the Kenyan BOD, I am grateful to be a part of Asante Africa Foundation. As a past school grantee, I know that the approach this organization takes is sustainable and empowering. I am on the ground with young people daily, and I am personally witnessing the transformation of their worlds and their family’s lives because of the Asante Africa Foundation community.
Come visit us in Kenya and Tanzania. I will enjoy sharing more about the global village with you personally.
Asante Sana for making me feel so welcome.
Chairman, Kenya BOD