March 23, 2015 |
HORRIFIC SCENES from a killer drought in the African valley where he was raised inspired Elijah Korich to become a champion for life. Korich, 64, is the founder and quiet force of nature behind Keiyo Soy Ministries, a faith-based organization that pulls resources from congregations in and around the city in support of its guiding principle: To improve the quality of life in western Kenya, especially through clean water. This morning, Korich will hold his Walk for Water, a 5K race on the Schuylkill River Trail, now in its sixth year, which serves as the annual linchpin in his fundraising efforts.
March 19, 2015 |
A child of black nationalists in West Philadelphia, Asali Solomon suffered through her share of bizarre public-library Kwanzaa celebrations. Along with Thanksgiving, she got Umoja Karamu. It made her an outsider at Henry C. Lea School, and it didn't help her social standing when she transferred to the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, either. Everyone's childhood has its own particular angst, but Solomon's, at least, provided inspiration for her debut novel, Disgruntled . It was released in February by Farrar Straus Giroux, and she'll read from it on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the University of the Arts' Connelly Auditorium (211 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)
October 23, 2014
CONTRARY to popular belief and the latest celebrity magazine, aging is not a disease. While many people think that they can outrun the aging process, I think a far better choice is to embrace it with grace and wisdom. Aging, much like investing, benefits best from an early start. The earlier you begin planning how you age, the greater your potential for a good return on investment. Obviously, it is most important to take advantage in your youth. Making the conscious decision to eat healthfully and exercise daily while you're young will give your fitness and health a good foundation for the future.
June 10, 2014 |
IN HIS makeshift shop, set up for one day at 24th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue, William Macharia grazed his hand over four plastic baskets that held goods he offered for sale: Dozens of bracelets, made of cow's horns, purchased by Macharia from artisan women in Kenya. "Nothing goes to waste," he said, referring to the natural resources of his home country. Above the baskets dangled mobiles with zebras and elephants made of banana leaves galloping in the hot June sun. Alongside them were traditional African necklaces with a red, white and blue-beaded square - a depiction of the American flag - dangling at each end. Macharia, 37, of Laurel, Md., in Philly for the 37th Odunde Festival yesterday, said that Africans make use of what they're given.
May 4, 2014 |
Eric Chirchir's goal for Sunday's Broad Street Run doesn't involve a time, just a place. "I need to run to win," Chirchir said Friday over the phone. This is no idle thought. Chirchir missed victory on Broad Street by eight seconds last year, but the native of Kenya, now living in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., has a slew of first-place trophies for races at all sorts of distances. "It's a nice course, well defined," Chirchir said of Broad Street. "You're not getting tired when you run. " Remember, the 40,000 runners filling Broad Street will be behind Chirchir.
May 7, 2013
Actress seeks to save elephants NAIROBI, Kenya - Chinese actress Li Bingbing is in Kenya to bring attention to the growing problem of elephants slaughtered for the international ivory trade. Bingbing on Tuesday urged governments and consumers to combat the illegal wildlife trade. She told a news conference that Africa's poaching crisis raises major concerns about the survival of elephants and rhinos in Kenya. She noted that such deaths are linked to organized crime and the funding of armed militias.
April 26, 2013 |
It was at the height of the mango season in west Kenya that Phil Hughes saw a way to bend the future. He was a Peace Corps volunteer at the time, 10 years ago. And the mangoes were, well, awesome - creamily lush and sweet, a variety called Ngowe, indigenous to Zanzibar, reddish-yellow. They were beautiful things. Hughes is not an animated speaker. But over a salad at the Reading Terminal Market one recent afternoon, he was getting worked up recalling his days in Africa. "Most of the year you can't get mangoes.
February 20, 2013 |
The distance between Peach Bottom, Pa., and Wajir, Kenya, is 7,800 miles. That also happens to be the distance of Karl Frey's life trajectory, which has arced from growing up Mennonite on his family's Lancaster County dairy farm to helping improve children's health in a drought-stricken area of eastern Africa. Don't even bother asking Frey if he's got milk - the answer will be yes. "I did drink a lot of milk when I was growing up," said Frey, 50. "It is the best thing out there in terms of nutrients, right?"
December 18, 2012 |
Lucy and Herman Bigham's home on a tidy West Philadelphia block is more than 7,400 miles from the litter that has both bothered and inspired them. Inspired them, that is, to start a small business with anything but a small agenda. They are out to turn plastic shopping bags in her native Kenya into a valuable commodity and elevate the fortunes of impoverished women there. Of course, they also hope it leads to profit - which their backers here think is doable. After all, that's part of the goal of social enterprise: to make money to do more good.
November 15, 2012 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Hundreds of people fearing a government backlash over the killing of at least 32 police officers are fleeing their homes in northwestern Kenya as the military prepares to help police pursue the bandits who carried out the attack, officials said Tuesday. Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said a "serious" operation has begun to find those responsible for the deaths of the officers over the weekend. "We cannot allow such things to happen. I think they were testing the waters, and in due cause they will know the depth of the river," he said.