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Kenya Association of Manitoba Inc. (KAM Inc.)

Who We Are

Our history

The Kenya Association of Manitoba Inc. (K.A.M. Inc.) is a non-profit organization of Kenyan Residents in Manitoba, Canada. Kenyans in Manitoba first came together to establish an association in 1986. At the time, the goal was to promote a sense of belonging for Kenyans, Kenyan-Canadians and connect with other ethnic groups in Manitoba. Each year the board of Directors and volunteers put together summer barbecue events, sports tournaments and the annual Jamhuri Day celebrations. Kenyans have also used this platform to connect socially and professionally. Many Kenyans in Manitoba arrive here as families. However, the last couple of years have seen many Kenyan students who are choosing Manitoba as their home. A Kenyan student body, Kenya Students Association of Manitoba (KSAM.) has been established within the larger KAM. Inc.

While this remains to be the core of our work, the organization has evolved to provide programs and services to all members of the community. KAM became an incorporated non-profit in 2020 and this has allowed the organization to access funding through grants. In the fall of 2020, KAM Inc. was successful in receiving a significant grant to carry out a mental health project and a food hamper program. Thus far, we have been offering settlement support informally and we are working on formalizing this into a settlement program. Through the various programs and partnerships, we will continue to support Kenyans in Manitoba in their integration process and community building.

Who we serve and why we do it

Moving to a new country is a bold decision and for most people, it is the start of a new chapter in their life. The first few months are marked with learning about the culture of the people, settling in, finding schools for your children or self, finding employment and making connections. This can be an extremely challenging process especially for those who do not have family or friends to help in their integration process. KAM Inc. plays a major role in connecting with Kenyans who arrive in Manitoba.
Community members often reach out to the new individuals and families and support them in the acquisition of basic needs, understanding the transportation system, donations of winter clothing, donations of furniture among other things. The women within the Association have formed a Kenyan Women in Manitoba (KWM) group that is focused in providing support to newly arrived Kenyans among other things.

Newly arrived Kenyans are always encouraged to connect with the Association through social media. All Kenyans are also encouraged to reach out to the president of the board if they are needing support relating to mental health, basic needs, connecting with others and involvement in the organization.

Objectives of KAM Inc.

  1. To unite Kenyans both in Manitoba and Canada at large.
  2. To promote and encourage cross-community interactions, goodwill and understanding between Kenyans and other Canadian communities.
  3. To promote and share Kenyan social, cultural and educational programs with the Canadian community while at the same time learn from the rich Canadian cultural diversity.
  4. To cooperate, network, and collaborate with other community groups and organizations with similar aims and objectives.
  5. To be good ambassadors of our motherland Kenya by being good and law-abiding residents of Manitoba and Canada.
  6. To help finance and support community projects in Kenya and in Canada.
  7. To support, guide and assist newcomers to settle and integrate into the Canadian community.
  8. To inform Kenyans about events within or outside Manitoba that requires their action and/or support.

Our Mission

To unite the people of Kenyan origin in fellowship, their families and friends, residing in the province of Manitoba, Canada. To increase the popularity of our common interests.

Our Vision

To established a strong, united and healthy Kenyan families living in Manitoba for the betterment of Manitoba and the Canadian society at large.

President, Julius Mariita-Nyanaro BSW, RSW KAM Inc.

Message

Message from Our President

On behalf of the Kenya Association of Manitoba  (KAM Inc.), the Board of Directors, and dedicated staff and volunteers, I am pleased to welcome you all.
The KAM was formed by Kenyans in Manitoba with a vision of serving the Kenyan community in Manitoba where each person is strong, healthy, and engaged, thus enjoying an enriched quality of life. This is a vision shared by everyone in our community and it is in alignment with our commitment to help one another during times of crisis; and also enjoy together in community functions such as barbeques, sports and celebrations of Kenyan historical occasions. This is manifested in positive outcomes for our community.
There continues to be a success within the Kenyan community by the creation of Kenya Association of Manitoba Inc. (KAM) which is a registered not for profit organization owned by KAM. It has been in operation since October 27, 2020 and it is run by the KAM executive members who are listed as directors. KAMI seeks to serve members of KAM in many community initiatives and the programming we have available is a very important aspect of the wellbeing of Kenyans in Manitoba.
For this year, the KAMI board is pleased to report two (2) Community Engagements of providing food and other household essentials; mental health awareness and one on one counselling services. This was made successful with the help of Canadian Red Cross funding. As you all are aware our community has been impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic affected Kenyans’ health and this fund came at the opportune time to help during this pandemic. I acknowledge the KAM Secretary who is also in the board of KAMI for her effort in writing the funding proposals. As a team, other board members’ efforts are as well appreciated for supporting our first project which so far has been successfully in putting us where we are as a Kenyan community in Manitoba today. The focus of such community engagements was to explore further our potential and where we want to be in the future as a Kenyan community. There were appropriately 20 community members who took part in the Community Engagement sessions, two Kenyan therapist, seven employees, contractors and the executive team. I would also like to recognise ACOMI for the help in providing food hampers and Seniors food vouchers to Kenyans.
On behalf of the KAM Executive, KAMI Board, we thank Canadian Red Cross, ACOMI, staff and volunteers for supporting our community.

Asante Sana
Julius Mariita-Nyanaro BSW, RSW
KAM President

Julius Mariita-Nyanaro

Julius Mariita-Nyanaro BSW, RSW

Message

Message from Our President

On behalf of the Kenya Association of Manitoba  (KAM Inc.), the Board of Directors, and dedicated staff and volunteers, I am pleased to welcome you all.
The KAM was formed by Kenyans in Manitoba with a vision of serving the Kenyan community in Manitoba where each person is strong, healthy, and engaged, thus enjoying an enriched quality of life. This is a vision shared by everyone in our community and it is in alignment with our commitment to help one another during times of crisis; and also enjoy together in community functions such as barbeques, sports and celebrations of Kenyan historical occasions. This is manifested in positive outcomes for our community.
There continues to be a success within the Kenyan community by the creation of Kenya Association of Manitoba Inc. (KAM) which is a registered not for profit organization owned by KAM. It has been in operation since October 27, 2020 and it is run by the KAM executive members who are listed as directors. KAMI seeks to serve members of KAM in many community initiatives and the programming we have available is a very important aspect of the wellbeing of Kenyans in Manitoba.
For this year, the KAMI board is pleased to report two (2) Community Engagements of providing food and other household essentials; mental health awareness and one on one counselling services. This was made successful with the help of Canadian Red Cross funding. As you all are aware our community has been impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic affected Kenyans’ health and this fund came at the opportune time to help during this pandemic. I acknowledge the KAM Secretary who is also in the board of KAMI for her effort in writing the funding proposals. As a team, other board members’ efforts are as well appreciated for supporting our first project which so far has been successfully in putting us where we are as a Kenyan community in Manitoba today. The focus of such community engagements was to explore further our potential and where we want to be in the future as a Kenyan community. There were appropriately 20 community members who took part in the Community Engagement sessions, two Kenyan therapist, seven employees, contractors and the executive team. I would also like to recognise ACOMI for the help in providing food hampers and Seniors food vouchers to Kenyans.
On behalf of the KAM Executive, KAMI Board, we thank Canadian Red Cross, ACOMI, staff and volunteers for supporting our community.

Asante Sana
Julius Mariita-Nyanaro BSW, RSW
KAM President

Julius Mariita-Nyanaro

Biography: My name is Julius Mariita-Nyanaro (AKA Omwoyo). I come from the Kisii community in western Kenya. I migrated to Canada on February 12, 2005, with my family. I have since been living in Winnipeg. I’m a Registered Social Worker with Manitoba College of Social Workers and I’m currently practicing in Winnipeg. My volunteer work with the Kenyan community started when I was elected to serve as Vice President of the Kenyan Association of Manitoba (KAM) for the year 2005/2006 period. I’m currently serving as the President of KAM for 2020/2021 tenure and a board member of the Kenya Association of Manitoba Inc. (KAMI).

I would like to express gratitude and respect for my team for its commitment to the well-being of Kenyans. The team has worked hard to ensure that services are delivered in the best interests of Kenyans in Manitoba and in accordance with the KAM constitution.

Asante Sana

Julius Mariita-Nyanaro, BSW, RSW

KAM President

Julis Mariita-Nyanaro

Board Members

Meet Our Team

President, Julius Mariita-Nyanaro BSW, RSW

Vice President, Samuel Aguko

Secretary, Felista Karanja, PMP, M.A.

Treasurer, Tim Kandie

Youth Assistant Representative, Jacqueline Kamau

Sebastian Migwi

Patron and former president, Murtaza Zavery

Patron and a former treasurer - Sam Masiga

Patron, Eunice Jepchirchir Keter

Board Members

Meet Our Team

President, Julius Mariita-Nyanaro BSW, RSW

Vice President, Samuel Aguko

Secretary, Felista Karanja, PMP, M.A. KAM Inc.

Youth Assistant Representative, Jacqueline Kamau

Treasurer, Tim Kandie

Sebastian Migwi

Patron and former president, Murtaza Zavery

Patron and a former treasurer, Sam Masiga

Patron, Eunice Jepchirchir Keter

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