Sunday, October 30, 2011


Because of his dedication and commitment to various Rotary projects in Ndandini and Kyaithani, Kenya, successfully completed over the past three years the Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast (Sechelt BC Canada) has awarded Duncan Kamau the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

Duncan has been our project manager responsible for all on-site management of our Rotary matching grants and TRF Global Grants at Ndandini and Kyaithani.

By reading all the posts on this blogspot, you will understand why he deserves this recognition.

Below is the content of the presentation made to Duncan on 30 October 2011.

Well done Duncan!


             Paul Harris Fellow Presentation 
              Duncan Kamau Ngochi 
                     Oct 30, 2011 

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to Rotary’s humanitarian and educational programs. 

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary over 100 years ago.  The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for a contribution of US $1000 to The Rotary Foundation.    A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 US or in whose name that amount is contributed in recognition of the significant work that person has done to further the humanitarian objectives of Rotary.  Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow.  This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Rotary Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding. 

Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation.  Today we have the honor and pleasure of recognizing  Duncan Kamau Ngochi as he becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. 

Duncan was designated to receive this special recognition as an expression of sincere appreciation from the Rotary Club Sunshine Coast Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada

A world of peace and good will comes closer to reality today as Duncan becomes a Paul Harris Fellow.  It is because of support and commitment from people like Duncan  that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: 

-  improved living conditions, 

-   increased food production, 

-   better education, 

-  new channels for the flow of international understanding,  

-  and brighter hopes for peace throughout the world. 

Today this Paul Harris Fellow award is given to Duncan Kamau Ngochi . 

Duncan has been our Project Manager for 3 years, working in the very arid Ndandini and Kyaithani area of Kenya south-east of Nairobi.  Duncan was responsible for managing all of the on-site work for the successful Ndandini Rotary Matching Grant water project.  This project, which was supported by the generosity of Rotary Clubs and many non-Rotarians, resulted in the successful drilling of the very productive Ndandini borehole in June 2010 and making water potentially available for over 3000 people in the Ndandini and Kyaithani area of Kenya .  

Duncan managed the acquisition and installation of a drip-irrigation greenhouse for the Ndandini Primary School in July 2010, a project that has resulted in the growing of year-round crops in the area for the first time.  This project was a result of  the generous support of St. Hilda’s Anglican church in Sechelt, BC Canada. 

Duncan also managed all of the on-site work for our Solar and Scholarship Project this year for the Kyaithani Secondary School.  This has seen power and lighting installed, an internet-enabled computer with TV/DVD and camera provided, and the provision of 9 scholarships.  This project was supported by the generosity of Rotary Clubs and many non-Rotarians. 

Duncan has also managed all of the on-site work this past 12 months on the Community Garden project.  This has seen the acquisition of land and the installation of a large community greenhouse and a small building to accommodate volunteers who go to Ndandini.  This project was made possible by the generous donation of a non-Rotarian. 

Duncan is now continuing his support and commitment by working with us on the Ndandini Water Distribution Rotary Global Grant project which will deliver water from the Ndandini well to 6 schools in the Ndandini and Kyaithani area, making potable water much more easily available to the 3000+ people living in the area. 

We acknowledge and sincerely thank Duncan for: 
his personal dedication and commitment for almost 3 years,  
his time away from his home and family,  
his endurance of hardship in the village with no facilities,  
his donation of personal funds for many things that were never invoiced,  
and his suffering injuries in a taxi roll-over while en-route to Ndandini to do work for our project.  

Without Duncan’s daily communication with us and all the work he has done, these projects would never have happened. 

 It gives us great pleasure, Duncan, to present these three emblems of recognition and appreciation which are given to each Paul Harris Fellow: 
 Your certificate,   
  Your medallion,   
   And Your Paul Harris pin,  

We heartily congratulate you and thank you Duncan 
   for your commitment to Ndandini,  
   for your commitment to the projects sponsored by our many donors,  
   and for helping the  Rotary Foundation with its humanitarian programs

The Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast – Sechelt 
    On behalf of the many individuals and Rotary Clubs around the world who have partnered in these projects. 

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