The Rotary club of Essendon in partnership with The Rotary Club of Utawala Kenya, were successful in receiving a District International Grant to support Ruben Centre Clinic, Kenya.  The clubs contribution is $14,000 and The Rotary Foundation $7,000.
The Rotary Club of Essendon had committed to raise $21,000 to fund a medical incinerator and dental chair for use at the Ruben Centre in Kenya. There is a dire need for the safe disposal of medical waste and the provision of dental services at the Ruben Clinic so we will partner with them.
Ruben Centre is in Mukuru, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, and strive to provide educational, health, and community development programs to the residents of this community. Their efforts are geared towards helping individuals and families living in poverty to improve their quality of life. They believe that through education, healthcare, and community engagement, they can create a brighter future for the Mukuru community.
Our association with Kenya and the Ruben Centre began in 2008 with the development of a sewage treatment plant and new school at Embulbul, completed in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Karen and which is located in the vicinity of the Mukuru Slum which housed some 700,000 people.
We then donated to the obstetric fistula programme where 400 women were flown in from remote villages to have this life-changing surgery performed at the Kenyatta National Hospital in 2013. In conjunction we also supported the New Hope for Widows programme to provide education to a group of 22 children.
This new initiative still requires funds, so a dinner at IPOH Restaurant in Essendon North is planned for  Friday 1 September 2023. The venue can only accomodate 28 patrons so book in early.