Discovering Kenya

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July 5, 2004 ISSUE #006

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Summer is finally here and the vacation/holiday fever is spreading big time. Are you ready for a little escape?
Whatever it may be, I hope it will be an excellent safari for you, with lots of new experiences and wonderful memories.

But before you go, get yourself comfortable, kick off your shoes and enjoy this time's edition of ‘Discovering Kenya‘.... and I promise to make it short and sweet, with exciting news and updates.

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1. Intro
2. Contents
3. New addition of the Month
- New page about Kenya Recipes
4. Kenya Airport changes
5. Hot Tip about Maleria Drug
6. Kenya's newest Supermodel
7. Microsoft to launch in Kiswahili
8. Wildlife update


New addition of the Month:

a. New Page about Kenya Recipes
Who would have thought, that there is such a good variety of Kenya Recipes?! The assortment is great; with lots of meat and fish dishes and also tons of vegetable dishes with exotic spices.

This page, so far, offers the most basic, essential Kenya recipes and we are working on more to come very soon. Especially for the desert section and this will be a feast in itself. ;)

Go ahead, give it a try! It is not complicated at all to prepare and it tastes delicious and is worth the effort!

Kenya Recipes Page

Kenya Airport changes
The ‘Daily Nation’ reports, that the Airport will change it’s face in the next two years.

The Kenya Airports Authority has embarked on a two-year program of re-organizing the Jomo Kenyatta Internationals Airport to accommodate more passengers. The re-organization of the main terminal building and transfer of domestic operations to the old airport will also see a total separation of departing and arriving international passengers.

Once completed the airport should be able to handle up to 6 million passengers per year compared to the current volume of about 3.2 million a year.

They will also create an additional 13 aircraft parking lots and the transfer of domestic flights to the old Embakasi Airport will free Terminal 3 to create additional transit lounges and enhance the security.

There is also the need to replace obsolete security equipment, install six new passenger boarding bridges, replace escalators and lifts to ease passenger flow and rehabilitate existing baggage conveyers.

There is hope, that the Kenya Airports Authority will attain the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) category 1 Status, once the program is complete - which will open the door for direct flights between Nairobi and the US and vice versa.

Hot Tip about Malaria Drug
Did you know it’s possible to effectively prevent and treat Malaria without using harmful drugs? offers a Malaria prevention (prophylactic) and treatment, that comes from the homeopathic system of medicine. It is called Demal 200 and worth checking out.

Of course it is important to make sure that you are covering all your personal needs and preferences before you go on a safari, but if you are like me and are looking for alternative ways, then this will be a great option to look into.

Kenya's newest Supermodel
(Daily Nation 07/05/2004)
Her name is Ajuma Nasenyana, she is 20 years old and Kenya’s newest supermodel.

She is intelligent, charming and ambitious, with a slim, well-toned body and fantastic bone structure, attributes that have propelled her to the top of the international fashion industry.

She will be the lead model at this year’s Kenya Fashion week, opening on July 15.

Born in Lodwar, Turkana District, in 1984, Ajuma’s first foray into modeling was in the Miss Tourism Kenya competition in 2003, at which she was crowned Miss Nairobi. It is here that she came to the attention of Lyndsey McIntyre of Surazuri modeling agency, who immediately spotted her international potential. Soon afterwards, Gamma photo agency came to Kenya to do a story on Lyndsey’s scouting work and were so taken with the beauty of the 5'10" Ajuma that she became the main feature of the story, which later ran in Gala Magazine, France.

Last November, Ajuma traveled to Europe to build her portfolio prior to the Supermodel finals in New York. She was soon signed up with top agencies in London, Italy, Austria, Spain, Ireland, Canada and Sweden. At the finals on January 20, Ajuma sashayed down the catwalk in New York to rapturous applause from both the audience and the press.

She made modeling history when she became the first black model to win a contract (worth USD50,000) in an international competition open to all races, and from then on she has not looked back.

Microsoft to launch in Kiswahili
Kiswahili is to be introduced into Microsoft Windows as part of a global project to increase world usage.

Microsoft has agreed to translate its Office software into the language to cater for the growing number of computer users in Africa.

Kiswahili will be one of the new languages due to be added in a global local languages program in response to complaints from around the world that youngsters were losing their native tongues.

It is also the hope that this initiative will re-ignite programs of adult education and literacy by the governments in the East African region.

There are 100 million Kiswahili-speakers in this region - in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and parts of the Horn of Africa, Great Lakes, Malawi, Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands.

Ten percent have access to computers and Microsoft hopes to attract 5% more when the Kiswahili version of its product hit the market, which is expected in about six months.

Wildlife update:
Black Rhino looks tough, but is powerless at the hands of Man
(Report from AWF) The African Wildlife Foundation has been committed to rhino conservation for nearly 20 years. A large portion of funding has gone to support black rhino protection and conservation at Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya.

The most recent support to help protect this endangered species included communication equipment and $15,000. AWF President and CEO Patrick Bergin presented these gifts to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in January. The black rhino population in the Tsavo ecosystem in Kenya was estimated at 6,000-8,000 in the 1970s. By 1989, there were no more than 20 remaining. Man is the rhino’s primary predator and poaching for horns decimated the population in Kenya and throughout Africa.

This dramatic decline led to the creation of Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in 1985. The sanctuary started with just three rhinos in an area of less than one square mile. Today, Ngulia is over 38 square miles and has 57 rhinos. More than half were born there.

To find out more about Black Rhinos, please visit AWF

This is it for this edition, Kwa heri (Good by) for now and wishing everybody a fantastic summer. Until next time.


PS: If you are interested in finding out a little bit more about me, feel free to venture out to 'What started KTI'. ;)

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