We left Kayoli at 6:00 on Tuesday. The drive to the United Nation Headquarter in Africa at Gigri took around 2 hours. Still early in the morning, many students, were walking to school among the busy traffic. The UN was located far away from city center, next to Karura Forest and across the street from the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Established in 1996, it was chosen to be the headquarter of Africa thanks Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta donated acres of land in 1982. In the following years, the government donated more land for its expansion. The building is known for its environmentally-friendly design, including its use of natural light, natural flow of air as a substitute to air conditioning, and solar panels to generate all the energy to be consumed.
Inside United Nations were many characteristic and interesting African statues.
In the visitor’s office, a box from UNICEF was in display. These 33 kg of stationary including pens, notebooks, chalks would be able to support 50 children in emergency situation (wars, floods, draughts, etc.) to continue learning.
In the assembly room, we briefly introduced the situation of APBET complementary schools and received donations on-the-spot. In addition, Danny Lin, the managing director of Landcent (China) Industrial & Development Co., Ltd offered to donate 20,000 mosquito nets sprayed with long-term insecticide to prevent malaria. The invention was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
We briefly talked to staff from UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNEP. Mr. Patrick Haro from the UNEP was especially interested in partnering with us in building parent empowerment program with means like micro-finance.
The visit ended with a nice meal at UN cafeteria with three staff from the Disaster Relief department. We look forward to various opportunities to work with the UN to reach its Millennial Development Goals of providing basic education to all children in the world.