Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Halala On the Move

In August 2007, we at HALALA formed a committee once again to meet routinely to plan yet another conference that would bring together as many Luhyas as we may contact. The purpose was to create a framework upon which we would build a coalition of willing soldiers of goodwill who would transcend sub tribal buriers and resist conventional pessimism to give help to the helpless and hope to the hopeless. The agenda was set to include forming a resource network for Luhyas worldwide. Provide a forum to discuss issues that affect the Luhya Diaspora and harness the opportunities offered by the American society to better the lives of those in Kenya.
The Luhya story, of which we are co-authors, had a very good beginning but somewhere along the course of time it become sad, and now it’s beginning to turn tragic. But the good news is that we still have the power to re-write this story and give it the happy ending it was always meant to have. We can re-write it by giving hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless.
Today people in Western Kenya are still dying from preventable disease and Halala has committed to do something about it by raising funds to provide a mobile clinic in the region.
A four-year project with a vision to raise $50,000 by 2009 will mark the begining of a long awaited medical facility to serve residents of Western Kenya. Residents will have access to, TB testing, Malaria, HIV 1 AND 2, Hep B &C, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, pregnancies, and also provide medication to those who cannot afford it.
Fundraising efforts to realize the above objective will be carried out by all Halala Chapters in the US.
Halala USA plans to conduct three fundraisers in the month of April in New Jersey, August in Maryland and November in Washington DC.
Members of Halala USA have committed to contribute $20.00 every month for 14 months and will be reaching out to friend and well-wishers to assist in these efforts. All contributions by checks should be made in the name of
Halala USA and can be mailed to 390 Park Avenue East Orange New Jersey 07017

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