Worldwide Festival Sunday, September 7th McNichols Building Civic Center Park 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Become a sponsor! Vendor Sign Up Celebrate the art, crafts, food, dance and cultures of Denver’s ten Sister Cities! Entrance to the daytime fair Learn more
Wednesday, April 2nd 8:00 am – 9:15 am State Capital Building, Rotunda Join us as we celebrate and honor the sister city programs throughout the state and the many volunteers involved with these organizations. Sponsored by State Representatives Paul Learn more
Grand Re-opening of the City of Nairobi Park E. 35th Ave. and Cook St. July 14, 2013 The City of Nairobi Park in Denver was initially dedicated in 1976. As we look forward to the grand re-opening of Learn more
Come Celebrate with Denver Sister Cities International and The Kenyan Community in Colorado in honor of 50 years of Kenya’s independence. The evening will include a presentation by the Kenyan Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Elkanah Odembo. Everyone is welcome! Enjoy authentic Kenyan cuisine, refreshments, and unique entertainment. Come Learn more
The Nairobi Committee is proud to share its recent support of the shipment of a container of medical supplies to Kitale, Kenya. In partnership with the international organizations IRD and Project C.U.R.E., the Nairobi Committee donated $1,000 to help fund the Learn more
Give Hope to a Girl in Kenya Thursday November 15, 2012 6 – 8pm, $45 Sipping N’ Painting at I25 & Hampden This event will sell out! Reserve your ticket at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4094466660/efbevent (The $45 ticket price includes all materials Learn more
Please join the Denver Sister Cities International Nairobi Committee for a casual Meet-and-Greet to welcome new members to our committee on Thursday March 1 from 5:30 – 7 pm at Forest Room 5. If you are interested in being involved with the Learn more
Kenyan Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai passed away on Sunday night after struggling with cancer at the age of 71 in Nairobi. One of the most celebrated women on the continent, Dr. Maathai was the first woman in East and Learn more
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- Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and is located in west-central Kenya.
- It is the largest city in Kenya and is situated along the Nairobi River.
- With over three million residents, it is a growing cosmopolitan city that serves as a center of commerce for all of East Africa.
- The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase, ‘Enkare Nyirobi,’ which translates to ‘The Place of Cool Waters.’ It is also popularly known as the ‘Green City in the Sun’ and the ‘Jewel of Africa.’
- As the city began, it grew rapidly and became the capital of British East Africa.
- When Kenya became independent, Nairobi became the capital for the country.
- Politically and financially, Nairobi has grown to be a leader on the continent of Africa. With thousands of locally owned businesses and many international businesses, the city is known as a central hub for business and also culture.
- Recently, the city has become a popular tourist destination, for things like big game hunting.
- Nairobi, like Denver is situated on a high plateau, with two of the highest peaks in Africa a relatively short distance away. The geographic similarities, in addition to the many voices expressing the desire for an African sister city, made Nairobi, Kenya, the third sister city of Denver.
- The affiliation between the two cities was formalized on March 2, 1975. The two week “Salute to Nairobi” that celebrated the occasion included dances, folk-art, handicrafts, and various Kenyan products displayed throughout downtown Denver.
- In the winter of 1985, a group of high school students representing the Denver Metro area participated in a homestay program in Nairobi. The students experienced Kenyan culture, as well as seeing the riches Kenya has to offer, including notable places like the Amboseli Game Park, the equator, Tree Tops Lodge, and most importantly, the Materi Girls School. One of the most recognized beneficiaries of the Denver sister city experience is our very own Mayor Michael Hancock who was one of the students who visited Nairobi in 1985.
- Throughout the years, the Denver-Nairobi committee has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. In 1996, for example, the committee received the Sister Cities International award for Best Overall Project for its Nairobi Dance Troupe Exchange.
- In June 1999, 16 Denver-Nairobi committee members traveled to Nairobi to attend the U.S.-Africa Sister Cities Conference. During that trip, medical supplies were delivered to Pumwani Maternity Hospital and books, school supplies, and sporting equipment were delivered to a middle school in Bura Village.
- Then in 2000, the Denver-Nairobi committee hosted the first U.S.-Africa Sister Cities Conference of the New Millenium.
- Continuing to strengthen this long-term relationship, former Nairobi Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa visited Denver in June 2008. During his stay, he met with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, toured Denver organizations and city utilities, discussed future collaborations with DSCI, and met with prominent individuals and groups interested in Kenya.
- In July of 2012, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks of District 8 led a successful cultural delegation to Nairobi that included prominent Denver business leaders, as well as several local high school students.
- The committee keeps about $2,000 circulating through Kiva micro loans to support entrepreneurs in Kenya. The loans have been used in a variety of sectors including: retail, food, services, clothing, transportation, manufacturing, housing, and construction.
- A partnership with SCOPE and the Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club secured 120,000 books to set up more than 60 libraries at schools and orphanages within Kenya.
- The committee sponsored a 2010 trip to Nairobi for the Director of Operations of the City of Denver’s Wastewater Management Division to work with representatives of Nairobi Water to address solutions of solid waste run-off in Kibera.
- The Denver-Nairobi committee also hosts a variety of film presentations, dinners, picnics, and book club readings, as well as participating in the City in a Suitcase program to present information about Kenya to schoolchildren.
- Recently, the local Kenyan community in Denver gathered together with other Denver community members to celebrate Kenya’s 50th year of independence.
- The Denver-Nairobi committee is also one of the three recipients of the prestigious, awarded Sino-African Initiative (SAI) Grants. This grant has been given to fund a trilateral partnership with Denver’s Chinese sister city, Kunming. The intent of it is to combine knowledge and resources to collaborate on solutions to education, water and sanitation, economic development and sustainability issues within Africa.
Chairperson: Joseph Odhiambo