• 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.