Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Good Insight

I came across a phrase today - "Be good to all people as you go up since you may need them as you go down".

This gave me an Idea of how someone needs to be kind to every one indiscriminatingly, since you never know about tomorrow...
So let's be good to everyone!!!!!

Wangari Muta Maathai

Where was I in 2004 ?!? Hi, this is Miss Welby. I was probably sleeping in 2004 since I didn't notice the Nobel Peace Prize was given to this woman from Kenya, Wangari Muta Maathai, whom - I must admit my ignorance -, I've never heard about before today. But now I know thanks to Wikipedia that she's another great African woman!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Woman married to four wives

After 10 years of marriage without a child in the 1960s, she did what would sound crazy in the eyes of many. Elizabeth Chemesunde Olekima, 87, divorced her husband and sought fellow women to start a new family. The Nandi culture allows a barren woman to marry another woman to sire children with her husband or another man of her choice — a form of surrogacy. In early 1970s, she started looking for a wife, got one, paid dowry and started living with her. Her desire to have many children saw her negotiate and pay dowry for other three wives, a rare feat but elders approved the marriage. Chemesunde grew up at Kapkoi in Uasin Gishu and in Nandi and got married and settled in Kilgoris. When she couldn’t bear any children, she returned to Nandi where her relatives and elders approved her intentions to marry. "I wanted to marry so that I can have children to maintain our family lineage," she says. Chemesunde says she met her first wife and negotiated with her parents and later paid seven cows.

Family breadwinner
"The same was done for my second, third and fourth wives. I paid their parents, five and seven cows respectively," she said. A man, she recalls, eloped with her first wife, while the second passed on some years back. She is now left with two wives and eight children. The women respect and love her as their ‘husband’. Due to the role she took upon herself, Chemesunde is expected to be the family’s breadwinner, a role she says she has done well through farming. She stays with one of the wives, Esther Olekima at Kapsundei village in Kilgoris where she has bought two acres of land and two cows. The second stays in a four-acre land in Tinderet, Nandi East District. "We met in Tinderet and she convinced me into marriage," says Olekima, 45, who is Chemesunde’s fourth wife. They sealed the marriage at a traditional ceremony. According to the Nandi customs, Chemesunde can choose men for her wives. In this kind of arrangement, a woman is also allowed to look out for ‘suitable’ men to sire children with. This means a woman married under this arrangement can have children with different men. The men cannot lay claim to the children as they belong to the ‘husband’ who married the women. The third wife, Eunice Tapkili, lives in Tinderet and has four children. "I wanted my wives to have separate homes in Tinderet and Kapsundei to avoid any conflicts or competition amongst them," said Chemesunde. The octogenarian is not worried that her wives will be dispossessed when she passes on. The Nandi culture protects property of women married by other women. This means no one can claim the lands that Chemesunde has bought for her wives. Two of her sons are married and her last born is in Class Seven. Such marriages are also practised among the Abagusii and Kuria communities... Standard Media

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kikoy


School for the Girls' small project has been involved in paying fees for Girls who are not able to afford fees in Kibera. we really appreciate for the people who have been able to journey with us in helping out of our girls.

If you would wish to help girls to gain education do so by purchasing Kikoy: an African fabric which is used multi purposefully. for instance as furniture cover, towels also used in designing shirts for men and African dresses for women.



P/s contact us through our email in the profile post.
Lovely evening
Rebecca

Friday, November 12, 2010

Against all odds



It is difficult to think of how life can be when some one has to move on with the challenges in life like disability. People tend to perceive disability like a challenge that limits people to go on with their life, some of people with these challenges have proved them wrong. For example Italian lady Simona Atzori who visited Kenya. Despite her life without hands she has been a role model to many people with disabilities.

She is an inspiration to many people who think they cannot go on in life because of a small limit. Don't complain of your situations but instead be strong and go on!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wonderful Week for Women


Beautiful to see Brazilian 1st woman president, a form of gender equality.

Brings a memory of worlds women leaders who have moved against all the odds like the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf



Congrats Ms Dilma Rousseff!!!!