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Open Letter [2010]

 

This is a sample letter to the President of Kenya regarding 50,000 people at risk of evictions and homelessness please feel free to change it. You can either send the letter by email, fax or post. No postage is required to send to the House of Commons. Click here to download the word version of the letter.

 

Please copy us at thandi@rooftops.ca on any messages you send out or responses you may receive.

 

Post-Election Violence

 

Kenya rang in the New Year to the sounds of gunshots as post-election violence raged. Following the December 27, 2007 election more than 300,000 people were driven from their homes, crowding into displacement camps or fleeing into neighbouring Uganda as militia targeted ethnic supporters of the political opposition.

 

Many years of work by the National Cooperative Housing Union (NACHU), Rooftops Canada’s partner in Kenya, were destroyed especially in Nairobi, Kitale, Eldoret and Nakuru. Militia burnt and vandalized many co-op housing projects. A shelter for AIDS orphans was looted and damaged. Sanitation and water systems were destroyed. “We saw smoke go up in the direction of where my family, other members and I used to live,” says George, the treasurer of Upendo wa Jirani Housing Co-op in Nakuru.

 

While the violence and forced evictions have subsided and media attention is focused elsewhere, it is time to rebuild and resettle the people who were left homeless in the post-election violence.

 

Members of housing co-ops in Kenya need your help. The social fabric has been disrupted. People’s homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. Funds are needed to help people with the trauma by strengthening the cooperative spirit, enhancing peace and reconciliation, and fostering solidarity. Funds are needed to re-construct and repair damaged houses and small businesses. We also need to support NACHU and other civil society groups to engage and educate their members before the national constitutional referendum that should take place before March 2009.  

 

What Can You Do?

 

1. Support Rooftops Canada programs in Kenya.

You can help by donating to Rooftops Canada, dedicating your support to programs in Kenya. Donations will help establish a fund for reconciliation efforts and assist with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of communities and homes.

 

2. Pass on the information.

Copy and distribute this information update. Organize a community fundraising activity or host an event to promote awareness and raise funds for this important cause. Get your workplace, school, friends and family involved.

 

Click here to preview the Aftermath of Post Election Violence in Nakuru and Nairobi (Kenya) video onYouTube. You can also contact us at info@rooftops.ca to receive a free complete version of the 16 minute DVD to show to groups interested in housing rights and humanitarian issues. We can also provide you with a PowerPoint presentation on Kenya. 

 

 

3. Stay involved.

Join the Rooftops Canada Facebook Group, sign up for our monthly e-bulletin and keep up to date on the latest news.

 

 

 Related links: 

Open Letter [2010]