Correspondence with mep filip kaczmarek

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Correspondence with mep filip kaczmarek

  1. 1. ---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Baiba Dhidha MjidhoDate: Fri, 30 Mar 2012Subject: Clarifying Hon. (Dr.) Filip Kaczmarek wishes for the visit.To: Ewa Sadowska, BarkaDear Ewa,It is nice and encouraging to note the attention Hon. (Dr.) Filip Kaczmarek, MEP gave to study andscrutinise the visit program and give his personal suggestions on its improvement and thus enrich itsoutcome. Hon. Filip has been a supporter of the initiative from its inception and continues to be. Thisis confirmed by the study exchange group being hosted by his office in September 2011 while awayin Nairobi on official duty and recent meeting at European Parliament on 28 February 2012.All the issues raised are being addressed within the vision and objectives of the visit. The Africaninitiative and intervention is being mounted on the proven and demonstrated success of the BarkaFoundation that is based on unique and innovative approach on issues impacting humanity. Thisunique and innovative approach has two elements, first it calls for mutual understanding and secondparticipatory action by all parties. The visit to Africa deals with the first aspect of understanding,information, learning, creating friendships and synergy leading to empowerment. The initiative callsfor Europe and Africa joining to empower Africa with participation of national governments and itspeople acting as agents and drivers.The identification of multiple levels of interaction and approaches to the various options ofintervention is being developed first through study of the various documents generated by Europeand Africa individually and in partnership or organs created by them. Initiatives outside government,NGO or other, form part of this wide understanding. This broad based understanding will help indesigning the most effective, efficient, high impact rewarding actions that can uplift the Africanpeople.With the above in mind, the following actions are being taken to capture the observations of Hon.FilipItem 6 Nuclear Power Plant:Kenyas power needs are covered through imports and own generation. Domestic production isthrough fossil fuels, hydro and geothermal generation. There is negligible amount of solar and windpower. Kenya has ambition of developing into an industrial nation outlined in various documents
  2. 2. among them "Kenya Vision 2030" attached. Reliable and affordable enrgy is an important element inindustrialisation and thus the passion for self sufficiency in energy production where among theoptions being explored is diversification into nuclear generation. Our objective is to understand notto judge. However there is need to consider and factor in options that can reduce the generationload through among others recognition of the enormity of daily solar radiation of 5-6kW/m2 (page15 of The UN/NEPAD African Plan 2010-2015). If the innovations depicted in the "Barefoot college"solar manufacturing capability by rural communities is embraced it would definitely have an impacton national energy demand?.The Commission on Revenue Allocation created under the new constitution has collated nationaldata and published the Kenya Fact sheets on www.crakenya.org. A meeting with its Director Mr.Micah Cheserem former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya if secured would provide broaderunderstanding and appreciation.Item 2 KiberaKibera is the place in Africa and possibly on earth with the highest density of human need. This isdriven by human desire, hope and search of self improvement which sadly instead drives people indestitution which the Barka Foundation has since 1989 dedicated itself to address. The causativefactors are the same, migration with hope something better will happen captured in the statementof Kanini Kaseo statement, the African who greeted me at midnight in Euston railway station on 27February 2012 on my way to Brussels asking for money and those Barka is salvaging in variouslocations within Europe. This self distructive hope is global.For those in Kenya, their hope is not in Kibera but the rich farm lands they leave behind. In stabilisingcommunitities, creating productivity, increasing money supply through trading in the produce peoplewill be drawn from towns back to the rural areas. Kiberas population and attractiveness will reduceor shrink, this is among the many outcomes of the African initiative having an impact within Africaand Europe.Will it be real, yes, for it has been achieved by Barka in Europe and same will be for Kibera and otherKiberas elsewhere.Item 3 H. Józefowski from Poznans high-school no VIIIThrough Mr. Bartosz Loronswski of the Kenya-Polish Forum we are now in contact with Mr. LawiOdongo responsible for the Sega Silicon Valley Academy located about 150 km outside Kisumu. Ifexact details of the school supported by Mr. Jozefowski of Poznan is given arrangement can beexplored to include it among the sites to be visited on Friday 4 May 2012.Item 4 Animal and Elephant Orphanage.
  3. 3. There is wildlife attraction facility in the outskirts of Nairobi as well as the Elephant orphanage bothoperated by the Kenya Wildlife Services. Should they be located on different sites our partners inNairobi will ensure they visit both.Item 5 Animal/human and Farmers/shepherds conflicts.Hon. Filip is right in his comment in respect to animal/human conflicts. There is enormous pressureon resources as both animal populations increase and human expansion due also to their increaseencroach into each other. Damage to crops and loss of human life is an area of serious concern.Livestock keepers and farmers see vegitation from opposing perspectives. It is not uncommon forlivestock to be guided into crop fields resulting in recurrent conflicts.Better management of land and improved stock of livestock are factors that can mitigate theseissues. Barkas experience with farming in Poland and others parts of Europe where it is engaged willbe invaluable when the African initiative becomes operational.Nana Dede Taylor a Development Chief in one of the communities in Ghana who also have extensiveworking knowledge of Uganda and Kenya has been looking with keen interest on improved stock ofgoats and sheep with higher milk production, milk and shorter maturity period. He has also exploredvarious options of simple irrigation practices that improve crop yields using minimal investments.The inclusion of the Israel Embassy within the visit programme is to consolidate the contact alreadyestablished arising out of public expression of intent to inject the success of farming techniqueswhich created self sufficiency in food production for the State of Israel.Currently Barka has an interest in Kanini Kaseo which is located within marginal land (semi arid).During the visit this will be expanded with addition of Tana Hurara CBO (Community Basedorganisation) with membership of 5,480 with interests in Farming, Livestock and Fishing. Located inthe Tana River County it enjoys average rainfall and supports normal farming practices.Also to be included is Five Stars Farmers with 15 active members but potential of 200 members. Thisis within flood plains which is affected by flooding of 4 feet average. This means when rains come tooearly entire crops are destroyed. This is experienced in various river basins and low lying areas ofAfrica. This is just a glimpse of the factors affecting the rural and marginalised communities that areintended beneficiaries of the African intervention.It will be noticed therefore the visit includes physical experience of ordinary families as part of thisunderstanding.Item 1 GreetingsThese will be conveyed.
  4. 4. The commentary above is long and detailed but it is necessary to expound and give direction on themain mission of the study tour so as to have the desired outcome.Baiba Dhidha MjidhoKenya Community AssociationMerseyside, UK---------- Forwarded message ----------From: KACZMAREK Filip, MEPDate: 29 March 2012Subject: RE: Study Visit of Barka in KenyaTo: Tomasz SadowskiCC: Ewa SadowskaDear Tomasz,Thank you very much for sending me your programme of the trip to Kenya.I wish you a very successful trip. The program involves meetings at a very high level! Congratulations!I have a few comments:1. Please send my warmest regards to Mr Lodewijk Briet, the Chief of EU representation in Kenya.
  5. 5. 2. While you are in Nairobi you should see Kibera - one of the biggest slum areas in Africa.3. As far as I remember in Kisumu there was a Poznan project implemented (H. Józefowski fromPoznans high-school no VIII ). I did not see the project myself but I recommend that you visit it whenyou are in the area.4. You are going to see an animal orphanage (the first day of the programme) - I recommend that youalso see the elephant orphanage. This is a very interesting place with real achievements.5. On the third day of your visit you have a meeting with the Minister on Agriculture and LivestockDevelopment. Breeding and live stock development is a very important area of farming/agriculturaleconomy (this topic is for longer discussion). In my opinion it is worth to support shepherds, but itrequires to first solve local conflicts with established farmers rooted in their farms. Last year therewere 300 mortal casualty in Kenya in this regard.6. Ask local VIPs to tell you about the plans to build an nuclear power plant.Kind regards,Filip KaczmarekMEP2012/3/27 Baiba Dhidha Mjidho, Kenya Community AssociationDear Ewa,I am pleased to attach your Africa Study Tour Program. You will notice that due to logistics limitationthe visit is confined to Kenya which enable us to factor two day Tourist attraction Safari on(Saturday/Sunday) 5 & 6 May 2012. The type and nature of the Safari will depend on your personalfamily unit choice.Ss Scholar Nganda together with Mr. Cleophas Kiio and Hon. Peter Kiilu are currently securingappointments based on the attached draft. Among the field visit in the plan are Kanini Kaseo onFriday 4 May 2012 and Sega Silicon Valley Academy. The SSV is a project of the Kenya-Polish Forum.You will be regularly informed of important developments that Nairobi feels you should know.
  6. 6. I would highly recommend review of the attached AU publication which profile the vision of Africa onits development needs and strategies.With kind regards.Baiba Dhidha MjidhoKenya Community Association

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