Friday, March 7, 2008

March 4th, 2008 Blog Update

Kenya is coming out of its darkest hour in History. The Nation is entering into a time of healing and rebuilding after the post-election crisis. With 1500 people dead and around 600,000 displaced or homeless there will be a very long period of rebuilding and learning how to trust one another. I have the highest of respect for President Kibaki and Opposition Leader, Hon. Raila Odinga for being able to lay aside their personal feelings, and coming together to form a grand coalition government for the sake of the people of the country. It is not going to be easy, and I have to admit that I seriously wondered if it could really happen, but I truly am pleased to see both sides come together in a spirit of co-operation. I congratulate both of these leaders for doing so. Other world leaders including the representatives of the UN, EU, Britton, US, and the African Union who came together to help, including the former head of he UN, Mr. Kofi Annan, were all very instrumental and are to be commended for their efforts.


Now will be the time for the world to put forth their goodwill and their capitol to have faith in this nation and begin to invest funds to develop a land of prosperity and peace from the ashes which only exist in so many areas. The displaced persons need shelter, and the food shortages will soon be coming on the land, so the outside world will be called upon to help, and will be judged for the generosity they need to have at a time like this. Dominion is already there and doing all we can to provide jobs and help to the local community. We will continue to expand our operations to provide food security to the country as rapidly as possible. With rising fuel and fertilizer prices it has become increasingly a challenge. The crisis placed us months behind in our development but with God’s help and the good will of the people we can overcome the setbacks.


We thank all of the local people for their unwavering support of Dominion Farms throughout the crisis time. We all met a lot of new friends as we worked together with the community to be a food supply during this time of crisis.


As soon as possible we hope to resume construction of the Youth Training Center, and the development of the surrounding area for a better future for the lives of the next generation of Kenyans.


May God bless the lives of the people of Kenya and their leaders!

Calvin

4 comments:

Jimmy said...

Calvin,
You're doing a very good job for the people of Kenya. I'm, however, saddened to hear that some elected leaders are engaging in extortionist activities. Please don't give in to them. I live in the U.S., and when I hear such kind of stories, I feel very disappointed. Can you imagine a councilman in Seattle, where I live, demanding bribes from Microsoft before he votes for a motion to allow it to set up shop here? That'll be a scandal of the year. Stay tight Calvin, don't give those folks handouts. Maybe, the advise that I can give you is to ensure you fulfill corporate social responsibility. Ensure the community in which you work benefit from your work, not only in form of jobs, but building of amenities such as schools and health centers. But the community needs to know that you're not obligated to do so. In case you need my further advice, please write to me at nwachai@gmail.com

SolarGren Media - Environmental & Sustainable Issues Media in Africa said...

The Dominion Farms Kenya debacle is a classic case of good business, bad local leadership, leadership of which is essential for an enabling environment, including good relationship with the host community.

CSR is one best way but goodwill is most important. How, then, do these mix?

The problem is that there is too much politicization even of noble investments like the Dominion Farm in Kenya!

Martin Fregene said...

Dear Calvin

Your work in Kenya is remarkable; it is clearly a model that needs to replicated a 1000 times all over Africa. Please send me an e-mail at mfregene@danforthcenter.org to discuss the Dominion farm as a model for Africa

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