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December 2005

Stage 3 - First Report (175kB PDF)

Tweed mentoring program launched in Nairobi by Australian High Commissioner

The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya George Atkin launched the Tweed Mentoring Program in Nairobi Kenya in December 2005.

Four hundred youths from 24 clubs, using soccer shirts, shoes and socks provided from the Tweed community took part in the great Nairobi River Youth Soccer Tournament. The High Commissioner presented soccer kits as prizes in a three-day soccer tournament which involved both boys and girls. Kenyan youth were identified as the key group to link the program to the broader community and a program of youth community service through sports and culture, developed by Tweed Shire Council, will assist Nairobi people overcome some environmental difficulties.

Nairobi project officer for the Tweed Mentoring Program Olita Ogonjo says the idea was that youth groups and soccer clubs would be assigned sections of the Nairobi River from the head waters where they would be responsible for cleaning, revegetating and maintaining. The incentive would be to support the groups to start income generating projects especially in the area of waste management in ways that could support youth sports and cultural activities. The mentoring program dates back to 2003 when Tweed Shire Council attended a world water forum where the Nairobi problems were revealed. The mentoring partnership formally commenced in May 2004 when Tweed Shire Council hosted two staff from a non-government organisation to learn about a number of key activity areas including water quality testing and monitoring, trade waste management, environmental and cultural education and waste water and potable water treatment.

Stage two of the partnership involved a Tweed Shire Council environmental scientist Karen Cranney working free of charge with the Nairobi group for two months, developing a concept note in relation to trade waste, using Tweed Shire Council as a model.

Photos from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.

Soccer Tournament

The Tweed Soccer for the Environment day was held in Nairobi over three days, 14th - 16th December. The tournament was used as the oppurtunity to launch the program in Nairobi. The Australian High Commission attended the event.

Youth have been identified as the vehicle to deliver the program to the wider community. See reports (Stage 3 - First Report - December 2005 (175kB PDF) ) for more details.

Thirty-six teams competed, including two from the Dagoretti Pilot area.

November 2005

River Connect - Issue 3 (1.73mB PDF) - The newsletter of the International RiverFoundation.

Tweed Community - Kenya Mentoring Program Stage 3 Draft Operational Plan 2005 - 2010 (1.12mB PDF)

August 2005

Tweed Community - Kenya Mentoring Program Invitation to Launch of Sponsorship 2005 - 2010 (2.16mB PDF)

Last Updated: 11 November 2013