My Indian activities and projects, the collaboration with many local stakeholders, the work with Self help groups, NGOs, with hospitals, women, schools, hygiene programs, digital trainings, health awareness modules for tribal and poor urban population – all this started in 2014 when I came the first time to India. And I started a blog called www.goIndiagofuture.com
In 2017, I came the first time to Kenya. Now in 2019 it’s time to start also some projects in Kenya.
I found this article in my Indian blog from 2017, called A trip to Kenya – with “Indian surprises”
I came here to learn more on Kenya… and found out that there is a huge influence of India. Read here about my first impressions:
After an interesting meeting in the morning I decided to visit the National Museum in Nairobi. Passing along the street I could see a lot of families around who were enjoying Sunday activities in the park, in small restaurants, on the road. Many of them had an Indian look and feel. “They can’t be all Indian tourists,” I wondered …
In the museum then I found the Indian food container and some good historical explanations why so many Indians live here in Kenya , now already in a third or fourth generation.
In Kenya there is a huge economic influence since the beginning of 1900 till today. They immigrated because the British needed Indian people to build the Uganda railway across Kenya. That was not easy: wild animals, a very bad infrastructure and a real hard work , especially in the Rift Valley,
As Indians were not allowed to buy land, those who stayed in the country invested in commerce. It’s visible everywhere – still today. Many Indians are owners of huge shops, supermarket chains are in Indian ownership. Indian people in Kenya are deeply involved in the local economy. Today, Indians own a big economic part all over the country (>30% in total).
Maybe it’s just by chance that I re- discovered at a very early stage India in Kenya. But anyhow, it’s a good sign for scaling our Indian activities to this beautiful, strange, interesting and challenging country, called Kenya.
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