Saturday, December 29, 2007

Kenyan elections

Thank you to William Ang'awa for setting up the website to enable people to keep up to date.

We're all hoping the riots calm down and peace comes soon, rumours of rigging continue to marr Mwai Kibaki's small lead from Raila Odinga.

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Solar Cooking in Rabuor

We all hope you had a Merry Christmas & wanted to share these photos from the Rabuor group near Maseno, headed by Anthony Odek.

They were presented with solar cookers this Summer, a gift from our volunteer, Marie Geurts, from Australia. Marie only just got back home from her travels and the photos are wonderful to see. Solar Cookers International organised the demonstration on techniques & practicalities to the community.

Many thanks to Marie for her generosity.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

.. cos e-cards suck !

Don't send a lame Holiday eCard. Try JibJab Sendables!

Nyakach Orphans & NABUUR

Congratulations to James Omollo and the NABUUR virtual village on their new website to promote the work of the Kindu Self Help Group who help the orphans in the area as well as developing a nursery, agricultural projects & fighting HIV.

AVIF volunteers will be assisting their projects.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Big Give .. its like Christmas came early !

Many thanks to Jon Brooks & the BigGive team for providing such a brilliant resource; a free to use website that helps major donors find high-level charity projects in their field of interest.

This week a multi-million pound grant-making organisation signed up & successfully identified half a million pounds of projects to fund.
Hopefully AVIF will be next on the list to aid our sustainable development projects.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Merry Christmas from AVIF & KO2


Best wishes for the festive season.
Alison, Sharon & Nigel

Ornaments available from ArtExchange

A Christmas card should be for Christmas and not for life.
Most of the 1 billion cards thrown away every year will still be in rubbish tips 30 years from now.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Malawian invents power source from fermentation

The problem most Africans have is that IF they can afford a mobile phone, they cannot charge them easily due to lack & cost of electricity. Dr. Cedrick Ngalande has built a prototype generating power for up to 8 hours at a time, using sugar and yeast.

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Gadgetastic Christmas from every purchase counts Newsletter


Every purchase counts
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Gadgetastic Christmas is the perfect place to get all your gadgets, music and films in time for Christmas.

Every purchase will result in a donation to AVIF.



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Zen Stone 1GB

Zen Stone 1GB
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iPod touch

iPod touch

Finger Drums Set

Finger Drums Set

Eagles - Long Road

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Eat Trevors dust, Apple !

Trevor Baylis Eco Media Player .. the swiss army knife of media players .. this item will even charge a mobile phone using Trevor's back-to-basics, wind-up generator.
This is a must have for any traveller, it can even charge your mobile phone.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Top toys for Christmas from every purchase counts Newsletter


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Christmas gifts for kids from AVIF webshop.

Mothercare has a huge selection of gifts for kids.  There are some great offers too including buy 1 get 1 half price on selected toys* and receive 10% off purchases, simply enter N7T at the checkout.

FurReal Butterscotch horse

Butterscotch horse

Laundry set

Laundry set

Thomas 2D Carry

Thomas 2D Carry
Case with 5 Engines

My First cooker

My First cooker

Police dressing-

Police dressing-
up outfit

Racing Car Roary

Racing Car Roary


...Plus many other toys available.

Top toys from Marks and Spencer 

Some of this Christmas' most popular toys can be found at Marks and Spencer plus get FREE delivery when you spend over £30.

Mini Robsapien
Remote Control Dragonfly
Mini Roboquad
Stomp Rocket
Money Box Safe
Large Spencer Bear

Bratz Bling Bead kit
Mummy & Me Microwave

Look out for 3 for 2 at Marks and Spencer too!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

AVIF Volunteers in Kenya: The impact of climate change on development

AVIF Volunteers in Kenya: The impact of climate change on development: ""

The impact of climate change on development

A video from Adam Hart Davis in Kenya explains the threat posed by climate change, especially in Africa.

The Up In Smoke reports "follow three previous statements of concern that climate
change due to global warming is already happening, and hitting poor
communities and vulnerable ecosystems

TakingITGlobal,Canada also have a new initiative. Inspired by many, they have developed the Climate Change Youth Guide to Action, available for download to all, especially schools.

I am convinced that climate change, and what we do about it, will define us, our era, and ultimately the global legacy we leave for future generations. We hold the future in our hands. Together, we must ensure that our grandchildren will not have to ask why we failed to do the right thing, and let them suffer the consequences.”
-Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

If 18 year old Catherine Gauthier, of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, can stand up and address over 80 Heads of State on 24 September, 2007, at the UN HQ, New York, what can you do to help ?
Download the webcast of her full speech here.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Agricultural, hygiene & nutrition improvement posters

Please pass on this valuable resource of simple descriptive self-explanatory posters to improve lives. The first poster explains all.
Please try to distribute electronically if you know anyone who would benefit, although they will ultimately need printing out and putting on walls.
Many thanks to Sam Rich & illustrators.

Asante & salamu !
Alison Lowndes
Founder Trustee

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AVIF is a UK exempt charity able to claim GiftAid HMRC ref. XR99385

Important Wii update every purchase counts Newsletter
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Wii update

GAME have announced they will no longer be offering commission on the Wii console as of 9am 20th November due to extremely limited stocks and increased pressure on their website. We will keep you up to date if the situation changes.

The Wii console is currently available through Amazon.

Due to the limited supply of Wii consoles they are likely to sell out quickly if one of our retailers has them available. Because of this we can inform you if stock becomes available through, if you would like to be informed please email us and we will add you to our alert list.

Don't forget, you can still get great deals on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles at!

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Games for PS3

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