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Australian High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth visited the Open Heart International project in Rwanda at the King Faisal Hospital on 26 November. A team of 37 Australian volunteers from Open Heart International were in the country for two weeks to perform corrective surgery on 20 children with congenital heart defects or suffering from rheumatic heart disease. This project was part funded by a grant from the Direct Aid Program of the Australian High Commission.
An Australian surgeon with a child patient
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth officially opened the water kiosk at the Kangemi Resource Centre on 14 November. The water kiosk was part funded by a grant from the Direct Aid Program of the Australian High Commission, and was designed and built by the SkyJuice Foundation of Australia. It will serve the Centre’s internal water requirements and also support the immediate local community.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth greets a student at the Kangemi Resource Centre
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth hosted a cocktail reception for Australia Awards scholarship recipients at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 5 November. From East Africa there are 21 Masters and 2 PhD recipients in Kenya; 22 Masters recipients in Tanzania, 19 Masters recipients in Uganda, 5 Masters recipients in Rwanda, and 4 Masters recipients in Burundi.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth delivers a speech during the reception
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth visited the Rift Valley region from 31 October to 2 November. His visit included the IAAF High Performance Training Centre run by Dr Kipchoge Keino, the Kenya Assemblies of God church which was burned during the 2007-2008 post-election violence, a water and sanitation project in Kitale funded by Tear Australia and implemented by the Anglican Church of Kenya – Eldoret Region Christian Community Services (ELRECO), and the Tegla Loroupe Kapenguria Peace Race.
High Commissioner Geoff Tooth lays a wreath at the grave of one of the victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence at the Kenya Assemblies of God Kiambaa Church in Eldoret. The church which was harbouring area residents was burned down at the height of the violence.
The 2013 Zanzibar Film Festival which took place in October 2013 saw a variety of Australian films shown during the festival made possible by a partnership among Murdoch University and the Zanzibar Film Festival. Click here for a story featured in the Tanzanian media on the Aboriginal films.
The new Australian Government under Prime Minister Tony Abbott has introduced a new policy for managing unauthorised maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). Click here for further information on the new policy, and for a factsheet on the new government policy.
Ambassador Geoff Tooth visited South Sudan from 30 September to 2 October where he attended the official launch of the Health Pooled Fund and visited a girls’ home and tennis school established by Confident Children out of Conflict. The centre was supported with funds from an Australian Sports Outreach Program grant.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth joined in a stirring rendition of Waltzing Matilda with the girls from the Confident Children out of Conflict centre. Australia supported tennis coaching for the kids at the centre through an Australian Sports Outreach Programme grant.
High Commissioner Geoff Tooth was the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Mary Rice Centre on Friday, 20 September. The Centre is named after Mary Rice, the daughter of Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers and it provides mentally challenged children with the skills necessary to move to further centres of care, education and training.
The Australia Renegades, Australia’s Rugby 7s team, was in Kenya in September for the Safaricom Sevens tournament. In their honour, the High Commissioner hosted a reception at his residence on Wednesday, 18 September.
Mr Ian Satchwell, the Director of the International Mining for Development Centre based in Perth, visited Kenya from 16 to 20 September where he was a speaker at the High Level Conference on Kenya's Economic Successes, Prospects and Challenges organised by the IMF. He gave a presentation on the topic “The Case for Socially Responsible Mining: Lessons from Australia” at the Conference. His program also included meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Hon. Najib Balala, and hosting a mining breakfast for Australian alumni and opinion leaders in business.
The Departmental Committee on Environment and Natural Resources from the Kenyan National Assembly visited Australia from 16 to 20 September 2013. The objective of the tour was to study the Australian mining sector. The Committee visited the Parliament of Western Australia in Perth and visited various mine sites.
The Departmental Committee on Environment and Natural Resources at the Parliament of Western Australia in Perth
The Committee at the Huntly mine in Perth
- The Kenya Australian Alumni Association was launched in April 2013 and with over 300 prospective members, it provides a forum for networking and sharing ideas. The Association will also promote Australian scholarships and support development efforts in Kenya. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australia Alumni Association of Uganda was launched in 2012 to act as a platform through which members of the Association can network and interact as a group. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australian High Commission's Passports Section counter will now operate from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday.
- The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Geoff Tooth, was interviewed on Australia's trade and commercial links, education and tourism exchanges, and Australia's assistance to humanitarian programs in the East African region. Watch his interview here.
- Australia has appointed Honorary Consuls in Tanzania and Uganda. For information and contact details, click here.
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