Thursday, March 3, 2011

Computers for Kenya

One of the projects the Comstock Park Rotary Club has supported for the past few years is  the"Island Tech Center in Mbita Kenya.  The center will serve to bring computer technology to villages and over 300,000 people in rural Western Kenya. Today, Dan Orao, a native of Kenya, and Mark Cebula visited the Comstock Park club to talk about recent efforts.  A 4;600 square foot facility was recently completed thanks to earlier generous supporters.  Another $20,000 is needed to equip the center with computers, printers, ceiling fans and office furniture.

Mark Cebula, Dan Orao and Rotary Club President Sharon Steffens

Dan Orao grew up on nearby Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria.  He earned a scholarship and was able to leave the island when he was 16 years old.  For the past 38 years Dan has provided educational and financial resources for his village.  Three years ago Dan was able to go home for the first time.  A lifetime quest for Dan is to bring the computer age to his birth region.  His dream is nearing reality. Below are some pictures


An anonymous benefactor is willing to match all donations up to $5,000.  Tax deductable funds can be send to the Comstock Park Rotary Foundation, re:  ITC Project, PO Box 280. Comstock Park, MI 49321

As part of the fund raising efforts, A Safari to Rural Western Kenya is planned on the evening of Saturday March 19th from 6:30 - 9:30 PM.  Attendees will be treated to real Kenyan dishes prepared by Chef Kevin Kinte.    Those wishing to attend will need to make their own travel arrangements, actually only to SS Peter and Paul Church School Gym at 1433 Hamilton  NW in Grand Rapids.  RSVP at or phone 616-698-7272.  The deadline for reservations is now.

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