Meet the new IU House Chef! 
If you’ve dined at the IU House within the past few months, you may have noticed a new friendly face in the kitchen. Chef Patrick Kahoto Ndungu started in March as the new head chef feeding as many as 100 hungry IU House guests a day. Chef Patrick is from Kinoo, Kiambu County, although much of his upbringing was in Nairobi where he attended primary school as well as formal culinary school.  
 
“I started as a kitchen steward despite my qualifications, and my first chef was as hard as they come," said Chef Patrick. "But he believed that all should start from the bottom in order for you to really appreciate the hell and heaven called The Kitchen.”
 
Chef Patrick has spent 16 years in the kitchen and has come a long way since his days as a kitchen steward. He has worked as a freelance chef to cook for people such as the current U.S. Ambassador, many famous wildlife photographers, the British army while on battle exercise in northern Kenya as well as workers in the Turkana oil fields. He also spent time as head chef at one of the safari tent camps in the Mara.
 
“(In the Mara) we camped in the wild bush for four months during the famous migration season,” said Chef Patrick.
“There I also shared a kitchen with colobus monkeys and a python we called ‘Joto’ (Kiswahili for ‘heat’) as it was always coiling itself behind the freezer.”
 
Chef Patrick enjoys researching and reading about the history and evolution of gastronomy and his passion for culinary fusion is appreciated by IU House guests. At the IU House he serves African food one night a week and western fusion the rest. He says his kitchen secret is to have as much information about your guests as possible, to be adaptable and to always have a backup, but most of all, to have passion for food. Luckily for Chef Patrick, his wife (Catherine Nkatha) and his three children (Tyrric, Wendy, and Daniel) accept that he has two loves in his life: his family and his love for food.  
 
 
First Annual Peace Run Beneficiaries 
Last month the village of Legetet celebrated as they watched the AMPATH Maji Safi crew dig a new borehole for a safe water well in their community. Legatet was the village winner from last year’s first annual Peace Run, and access to safe water was the top prize for the team that demonstrated the most community participation, as well as race participation and performance.
 
“Together we can win the race for peace and development.” This was the theme for the Peace Run which was held last September on the Moi University campus in Eldoret, Kenya. Throughout much of Africa, fostering long-term peace initiatives is a priority. Whether tribal disputes or British colonization, land and natural resources have always been issues that have caused division between people—which is why safe water was voted as first prize for the event.
 
Since the political unrest during the 2007-2008 national elections in Kenya, Ian McIntosh, director of International Partnerships in the Office of International Affairs at Indiana University, Purdue University-Indianapolis, has been involved with the Moi University Institute for Peace Justice and Reconciliation and the series of peace conferences held in Eldoret. Last year was the first year the group hosted a peace run.  McIntosh said that the central idea was to hold the first annual run around the 2013 national election, but it coincidentally happened only a few weeks after the Nairobi mall terrorist attack making the cry for peace initiatives all the more impactful.
 
More than 5,000 people participated in the run last year. Ten teams were created and each team was anchored in one of the ten villages surrounding Moi University. The teams were comprised of villagers as well as students or members of the Eldoret community that were most likely from other village tribes—possibly tribes with historical conflict.
 
“The underlying theme was to be able to erase tribal barriers so that someone from the Kalenjin tribe would be cheering for a Kikuyo or a Kikuyo cheering for a Somalian, etc.,” added McIntosh.
 
The second prize was school uniforms for village children in need. After the race, the ten tribal leaders convened and decided there were needy children in all ten communities so the 1,000 uniforms were divided between all ten communities. Pictured left are Legetet school children during a ceremony as they were awarded their share of the uniforms.
 
Plans for the second annual Peace Run are already underway and it will be held September 27, 2014. If you would like to make a donation to go toward the first and second prize you can make an online donation here. Be sure to add “for Peace Run prize” in the comments section. Or if you are interested in being a sponsor for the run, please contact Theresa Vernon in the AMPATH Consortium Administrative Office.
 
 
Zuri Health Launch 
For many people in developing countries, health care is not an option. Much of the population refuses to seek health care because if a chronic disease such as cancer or diabetes were diagnosed, there would be no disposable income to pay for additional tests and medical treatments. With AMPATH’s holistic approach to healthcare, a solution was found. Together with Busia County Ministry of Health and The National Hospital Insurance Fund, AMPATH recently launched a pilot mobile-based insurance program called Zuri Health in a small fishing and farming community in Port Victoria. The launch proved a great success as demonstrated by the community support and hundreds of people enrolling in the program the first day. After evaluating the pilot, the hope will be to roll out Zuri Health throughout the AMPATH catchment area. Watch a video of the pilot launch in Port Victoria.
 
Photo: Zuri Health worker; Sylvester Kimaiyo, MD, AMPATH Program Manager; Adrian Gardner, MD, IU Executive Field Director; and the first two Zuri Health members to register. 
 
 
Global Gifts helps Imani Workshop 
Global Gifts, a fair trade gift shop based in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been a long-time partner with AMPATH’s Imani Workshop initiative. Recently, Global Gifts has taken bigger strides to assure the success of the Imani Workshop and strengthen its business model by expanding Imani products to more stores throughout the United States and by developing new products within the existing skills areas of paper making, ceramics and tailoring. Read Global Gifts blog as they embark on the Kenyan adventure. Since 2005, the Imani Workshop has been building self-sufficiency by employing people affected by HIV/AIDS. Due to the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS many patients have a difficult time securing a job or even a bank loan. Imani employees earn a living by producing high-quality hand-made goods such as jewelry, fabric bags and handmade paper products. To purchase crafts made at the Imani workshop, see the Global Gifts online catalog.
 
 Photo: Imani Workshop tailors.
 
 
 

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