When girls suffer and drop out of school because of menstruation

By end of September 2019 the newspapers in Kenya reported about a suicide of a teenager girl. She had committed suicide after having been blamed at school because of bleeding… Many girls and women in Kenya and many other parts of the world. have huge challenges – every month, again and again. They don’t have…

Ever seen a small paradise in the slums in Eldoret?

It’s very busy today in Langas, the second largest slum in Kenya. Here in Eldoret is market day today. At the right and left along the main roads in Langas an uncountable number of vendors offer a bit of everything. It seems that people join the main roads coming “out of nothing”: Small doors in…

Schools for poor are poorly managed – time to change

As one project of our work under the umbrella of the Making More Health Initiative, Boehringer Ingelheim and in close partnership with Ampath we invest in education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural communities in Western Kenya. Schools for poor are managed poorly, schools for rich are managed in a rich way Investing in…

A welcome dance by elderly women in Langas slum, Eldoret, Kenya

It was a very emotional day today. A day where we met children and elderly women in the center of Solwodi (a non- governmental organization) in the slums of Langas in Eldoret, Kenya. When we arrived we were welcomed by the women in tribal clothes and a real nice dance: Have a look here (video,…

When students collaborate with my friends in the slums of Nairobi…

Francis Gikufu and his team are doing a lot in the slums of Nairobi to empower young people – through teaching them about filming, theater play and staying together in a community. We are running a hackathon with Nairobi’s students to develop social entrepreneurial ideas and hygiene programs for Slum habitants. Instead of doing it…

Meeting the president

I’m very happy to see our “Afrika kommt!” participant Elizabeth and my colleague visiting and discussing with our German president. “Afrika kommt!” Is an initiative for African students offered by the German Government every year. Students can apply and if accepted they will stay one year in Germany, working 8 months in Corporates. The other…