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Citizen Diplomat - participate in greater Newburyport's Sister City relationship with Bura, Kenya.

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ORGANIZATION: GREATER NEWBURYPORT-BURA KENYA ALLIANCE LTD

  • 14 people are interested

We are inviting volunteers to participate in Newburyport MA's sister city organization with Bura, Kenya.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0aCLUFbaho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjZYw47YLdo&t=110s

The Greater Newburyport Bura, Kenya Alliance (GNBA) is Newburyport’s Sister City organization. GNBA is a non-profit organization in existence since 1993 and composed of volunteers and supporters from greater Newburyport, Massachusetts. At present, there are about 20 active members. Members meet once per month for about two hours, although participation does not require presence at these meetings and virtual participation is common. Committees are active between monthly meetings. Fundraising and social events are scheduled irregularly.

GNBA members are committed to fostering friendship, cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect between the people of the greater Newburyport area and those of our Sister City, Bura, Kenya.

Bura is a rural community in the hills of southeastern Kenya. Many residents are subsistence farmers, and access to affordable education, health care, and technology can be a challenge. There are a variety of community development initiatives going on in the area, which sits alongside some of Kenya's most beautiful national parks.

A Sister City organization is not a charity, but in order to enliven the friendship and cultural value exchange foundation of the organization, GNBA has partnered to fund a number of small scale civic and social development works including:

  • medical clinics
  • reforestation & tree planting
  • education
  • youth soccer
  • beekeeping
  • literacy
  • computer technology
  • leadership for women.

Over the thirty year history, seventeen members of the Bura community have visited Newburyport, MA and similar numbers from Newburyport have visited Bura, some members having traveled there multiple times.

In 2023, the Sister City bond strengthened again due to the support of the greater Newburyport community and involvement of members. GNBA members visited the village again in March 2023 holding rewarding exchanges with some of the notable new and old partners of the Bura community. We observed that the severe drought that has affected most of East Africa was a major issue for farmers and has led to inflation pressure.

During 2023 GNBA supplied:

  • School uniforms for 135 orphans - primary and secondary students
  • School fees for 67 secondary and junior secondary school students
  • Solar lanterns for thirteen orphans living in homes with no electricity - allowing study at night.
  • Reusable fabric menstrual pads to 40 girls so they do not miss school during menstruation.
  • Funds for 4600 tree seedlings plantered by environmental champions for reforestation and agriculture
For the 2024 school year we have increased the number of orphans recieving school fee support:
  • 55 Secondary School Students
  • 23 Junior Secondary School Students

If you are more than just curious about the lives of people in Africa and would like to "act globally" as a citizen diplomat, participation in GNBA can be a very rewarding experience. More information at www.masskenya.org .

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About GREATER NEWBURYPORT-BURA KENYA ALLIANCE LTD

Location:

PO BOX 1021, NEWBURYPORT, MA 01950, US

Mission Statement

GNBA members are committed to fostering friendship, cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect between the people of the greater Newburyport area and those of our Sister City, Bura, Kenya.

Description

The Greater Newburyport Bura, Kenya Alliance (GNBA) is Newburyport’s Sister City organization. GNBA is a non-profit organization in existence since 1993 and composed of volunteers and supporters from greater Newburyport, Massachusetts. At present, there are about 20 active members.
GNBA has partnered to fund a number of small scale civic and social development works including:

  • medical clinics
  • reforestation & tree planting
  • education
  • youth soccer
  • beekeeping
  • literacy
  • computer technology
  • leadership for women.

Over the twenty-seven year history, seventeen members of the Bura community have visited Newburyport, MA and similar numbers from Newburyport have visited Bura, some members having traveled there multiple times.

CAUSE AREAS

Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine
International
Education & Literacy, Health & Medicine, International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

61 Pleasant StreetNewburyport, MA 01950

(42.81061,-70.87233)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Outreach
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Soccer

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • No minimum. Volunteer determines their own availability.

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