JICE Staff Run for Women and Children of Kenya with the First Lady
On August 30, 2015, three JICE staff members joined the 5 kilometer jog around the Imperial Palace led by Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First lady of the Republic of Kenya together with many Kenyan students and business persons, the staff from JICA and health-related NGOs.
Following this symbolic jogging event, the First Lady’s Half Marathon (FLHM) 2016 was launched at near-by Hibiya Park with the attendance of the First Lady, His Excellency Mr. Solomon K. Maina, Kenya’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Norio Maruyama, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Africa Bureau, Ms. Keiko Sano, to-be-appointed Chief Representative of JICA in Kenya, and many other supporters.
FLHM is a well-known annual event in Kenya to raise awareness about child mortality and maternal health which is still a serious problem in Kenya and many countries in Africa. It is also intended to mobilize support to the First Lady’s “Beyond Zero Campaign” to raise fund to build maternity care clinics across the country.
Along with FLHM, the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) will be hosted by Kenya in 2016.
Edited by: -Aiichiro Yamamoto
Special Assistant to the President
Director for Public Relations,
General Affairs Department
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