Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Successful Austrian-Slovak journalist travel to Kenya

Information provided by Marian Caucik, Slovak NGDO platform MVRO

From 14th to 27th March 3 Slovak and 3 Austrian journalists from print media and TV visited projects supported by Austrian and Slovak NGDOs in Kenya. The focus were projects rehabilitating street children in Nairobi and Nyeri. 2 journalists took part also in an outreach flight of the flying doctors of AMREF in Tanzania.

The journalists were accompanied by coordinators of Südwind Austria and eRko Slovakia who were logistically organizing the visit in the frame of the „Building support for MDGs in Austria and Slovakia“ project supported by the European Commission and SlovakAid.
The project targets decision makers in development cooperation, educators and also general public via media. Therefore one of the main outcomes of the journalist travel will be articles on some of the main problems for local people in Kenya which is poverty, street children and HIV/AIDS. eRko will produce a film for children to be used in development education in both formal and informal education.

One of the highlights of the journalist visit was for sure the African cup football match of Kenya against Swaziland where the young talented player Patrick Oboya, aged 20 played for the first time for the adult national team, scored and contributed to Kenyan success in the match. Patrick comes from a very poor background in the Mukuru slum of Nairobi, but he could develop his talent thanks to his hard work and the help of development project MUSA (Mukuru Sports Association) a Kenyan NGO supported by DKA Austria and eRko Slovakia. Now he is playing in the Czech Premier League team FK SIAD Most and representing his country and thus has become a great role model for Kenyan boys and girls.

For more information on the journalist travel and the Austrian-Slovak project please contact Marian Caucik, eRko, at maros@erko.sk

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