VSO Jitolee

12:59 07/09/2010
VSO Jitolee planting trees in Loikitok

Wangari Maathai’s dream lives on through VSO Jitolee partners

The death of Nobel Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai has saddened VSO livelihoods practioners around the world, especially in her native Kenya.

Last November VSO Jitolee staff, volunteers and their partners from the secure livelihoods programme planted trees at Loikitok. It’s at the bottom of Mt.… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010

Workshop for MPs from the East African Community

As I write this blog, a 3-day workshop that started on 17 April, is taking place for members of parliament from the East African Legislative assembly and Kenya Women Parliamentary Association to discuss HIV and AIDS care and support issues. VSO Jitolee organised this workshop.

The two key objectives of the… Read more »


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