Honolulu Mombasa Sister City
95-023 Waihau St. E144
A tax exempt organization: 501(c)(3)
All contributions are deductible: for details see IRS
Honolulu Mombasa Sister City is a non-profit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between the City and County of Honolulu and international communities with special emphasis on Mombasa, Kenya, located on the East Coast of Africa.
It belongs to Sister City International which was originated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He wanted to bring together global communities, in what he termed at that time, “Citizen Diplomacy.”This was a project conceived just after the WWII; it was for the purpose of promoting peace in the world.
Sister City International Goals are to:
· Develop municipal partnerships between U.S. organizations, institutions, communities from different cultures, beliefs, religions, economic levels, political inclinations, and geographical areas.
· Provide opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships.
· Create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened.
· Stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.
· Collaborate with organizations in the United States and other countries which share similar goals.
Similarly, Honolulu Mombasa Sister City strives to motivate and empower private citizens and communities that make up different global metropolitan areas and also business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs. We believe that sister city programs involve two-way communication and should mutually benefit the partnering communities, in this case, Honolulu and Mombasa.
Honolulu Mombasa Sister City Mission Statement:
To promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, & cooperation — one individual, one community at a time.
Honolulu Mombasa Sister City was officially launched on August 31, 2000, by an act of full council of the City and County of Honolulu.
The original idea of twinning Mombasa and Honolulu was Mrs. Marsha Joyner’s, a Hawaii political activist. She realized there was a need for bringing the international communities closer together on friendlier terms than before, i.e. during the WWII era.
In 1998 Marsha started to lobby members of the City and County of Honolulu, into taking up the issue, and seeing the possibilities when the two cities would come together as Sister Cities.
Mombasa is an island city located on the eastern coast of Kenya, Africa. The fact that Mombasa is an island, with a mixture of races, it seemed appropriate to twin it with Honolulu. Also Mombasa like Honolulu is a tourist destination. These facts worked so well to bring the two municipalities together as sister cities.
Since August 31, 2000 Honolulu Mombasa Sister City has grown from strength to strength, since the signing ceremony which took place at the main lobby of Honolulu Hale and officiated by the former mayor of Honolulu Mr. Jeremy Harris. There were many city dignitaries in attendance.
In 2001 and 2002 Mr. Gilbert G. Githere President/Director of Honolulu Mombasa Sister City visited Mombasa and met with former Town Clerk of the City Mr. Edward Karani. Karani expressed the opinion that the twinning of the two cities was a noble idea. He felt it was going to foster friendship , understanding, and business between the two peoples. He also promised that the officials of the city of Mombasa would in the future be visiting their counterparts in Honolulu.
Mr. Gilbert Githere and the officers of the organization on various occasions attended functions organized by the Office of Economic Development under whose docket the Sister City functions fall. During the visits they exchanged information, ideas, and gifts as the sister city charter requires. In September 13-15, 2011 a Pacific Sister City Summit was held in Hawaii. This gathering was a great success, in bringing together member cities for a wonderful celebration of friendship.
Since then, there have been many interactions between the people of Mombasa and Honolulu. There have been telephone conversations between the officials of the two towns. At the same time visits have occurred between the two peoples, especially amongst the local officials of the two organizations.
Our organization from the first day of its inception has had volunteers who worked hard with the other non-profit bodies in the Island of Oahu. Our members have participated in projects like cleaning beaches around the island.
Honolulu Mombasa Sister City has come out annually to help the people of Honolulu celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade which takes place every second week of January at Kapiolani Park.
Our organization firmly believes that all children deserve a decent education, regardless of where they come from. Quality education, when given to children appropriately at an early age, equips them with the skills necessary for coping with their demanding environment.
At the same time good education is an essential ingredient for physical, social and psychological growth of the young ones. This growth becomes one of the most important parts of their being responsible citizens of the world.
The internet has changed the world as we knew it a few years ago, now the global village is here with us. Places that were thought to be so remote to be reached easily by the previous modes of communication, has been cancelled out by the satellites and the computer nodes available in every corner of the globe.
The future of this world, especially, the healthy side of it, is wholly on the shoulders of the young generation.
The Kenya government offers free education to all school age children, but this free education comes with a cost, due to the huge population in the country, the number of children who seek free education is huge and for this reason the classes are usually crowded. As a result of over-crowded classes, the teachers are not able to concentrate on individual children, and the quality of instruction for each child is compromised.
Another element that compromises quality education in Kenya is hunger. According to the United Nations report, put out by UNICEF, Kenya is cited as one of the countries which lags behind when it comes to the adequate feeding of its young. The report says that 3-5 year old children are most affected by this problem.
Our organization, Honolulu Mombasa Sister City has identified the areas it is going to try and help in Kenya. We have narrowed it down and decided to center our activities in the coastal town of Mombasa, our Sister City.
Our focus is going to be Nyemuteka Self Help School, which is run by Nyemuteka Self Help Group. Our organization recognizes all other groups, especially our friends from the Federal Republic of Germany, who have helped in so many areas in the growth of this institution.
Nyemuteka is located in Shanzu, a peripheral of Mombasa City and County. Nyemuteka Self Help School is a semi-rural institution. Children who go to this school, come from impoverished families living around the area.
For now I would like to turn to our members and friends. Due to the fact that now we are a tax exempt organization 501©(3), our organization is going to encourage willing friends to donate any amount of money to our organization.
Nyamuteka Self Help Primary School daily supply needs
It is important for us to spend some time and take you through how the donations are going to be used.. First, a portion of the money is going to go into feeding the children. Starting with a nutritious breakfast such as a bowl of white peas flavored with coconut milk and totius(made of wheat flour). For lunch we intend to provide the young children with a menu, like stew made of potatoes, green maize, red beans, and pieces beef.
Our next concentration will be supporting the children’s education, perhaps by updating supplies and equipment in the classroom and providing new technology programs and equipment.
The most important project our organization is going to undertake jointly with a local school in Hawaii is the one of bringing Star of the Sea Elementary School with Star of the Sea Elementary School Mombasa.
Using the internet these two schools are going to interact so that at the end of the day the two schools will learn about each other.
So that the interaction may be educational and at the same keep the children focused on their daily syllabus, the children will be streamed on the internet showing their daily learning experience. The interesting part of this section will be when the classes are involved in traditional activities, for example singing Hawaiian songs and doing the hula, similarly it will be fun when the Mombasa children show their many indigenous songs and dances.
Our organization is also set up on conducting a cultural tour from Honolulu to Mombasa. The main aim of the tour will be to bring the two people of Honolulu and Mombasa together.
Honolulu is populated by an array of different ethnic groups, and these diverse groups bring together a huge rainbow of ways of life, the same thing can be said of Mombasa. Mombasa is an island which brings together different ethnic groups from the hinterland of Africa, and at the same time globally Mombasa is a melting port, of all types of people.
So the youth group we plan to send from Honolulu to Mombasa is going to show case what the Island of Oahu and Hawaii in general has to offer culturally. The group is going to be composed of 10 boys and 10 girls, if possible made of the diverse ethnic groups that call Honolulu home.
Project budget: Youth cultural group tour of Mombasa
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95-023 Waihau Street Suite # E144
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last update: August, 2015
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