IIMSAM SECRETARY-GENERAL REMIGIO MARADONA CONGRATULATES UHURU KENYATTA ON HIS ELECTION AS PRESIDENT OF KENYA !
Friday, 5 April 2013
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
ONE OF KENYA`s LARGEST EMPLOYER & SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF IIMSAM H.E. MR. DIAMOND H. LALJI-AWARDED THE HIGHEST HONOURS BY THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA.
Accredited as an Inter-governmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council
In Accordance with ECOSOC Resolution 2003/212 dated 5th of March 2003.
Designated by the United Nations Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) Under Rule 79 of the Rules & Procedure for Continuing Participation in the deliberations of the council on questions within the Scope of their Activities.
SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF IIMSAM H.E. MR. DIAMOND H. LALJI AWARDED THE HIGHEST HONOURS BY THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA.
IIMSAM Photos: Shows Left to Right: IIMSAM Director Mr. F. Lwamba, Signing the Guess Book H.E. Mr. Diamond H. Lalji, Mr. D. Fundi Tech-Director-Staff & Guest. At the IIMSAM Spirulina Feeding Centre Kisumu, Kenya.A GREATEFUL STAFF AT THE IIMSAM H.R.H. SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN ALNAHYAN SPIRULINA FEEDING CENTER KISUMU – KENYA GIVES THANKS TO THE SPECIAL ENVOY-ADVISER OF THE S.G. & GOVERNMENT LIAISON TO THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA. H.E. MR DIAMOND H. LALJI, FOR ASSISTING THE CENTRE WITH HIS GENEROSITY OF BUILDING CONCRETE SPIRULINA BASIN THAT INCREASED THE ABILITY FOR THE CENTRE TO CULTIVATE SPIRULINA WHICH RESULTED IN SAVING ADDITIONAL LIVES.
H.E. MR. DIAMOND LALJI, has been awarded by the Republic of Kenya on numerous occassions the latests been Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (E.B.S.) on 12th December, 2012. The award of orders, decoration and medals are based on the recognition of outstanding or distinguished services rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities. Awards are made by the president upon the advice of a National Honours and Awards Committee in the president's office. Individuals are nominated for awards by district committees, government ministries, religious organisations, non-governmental organisations, individuals and others. H.e. Mr. Diamond Lalji was awarded as follows; Head of State Commendation (HSC), Civil Division on 11th December, 2008-Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (E.B.S.) on 12th December, 2012. (RANKING OF THE AWARDS ARE AS FOLLOWS; ORDER OF THE GOLDEN HEART-ORDER OF THE BURNING SPEAR-ORDER OF THE GRAND WARRIOR-DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL-SILVER STAR OF KENYA.)
Of these awards, the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya is the highest honour in Kenya and as of 2009 the award has been bestowed on 198 people since Kenyan independence. Recipients of this award include Yoweri Musevenithe President of Uganda, and Aga Khan IV.
The President of Kenya holds the position of President of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya, the incumbent is Mwai Kibaki.. The criteria used for the awards is that the recipient must be a man or a woman of proven integrity whose role and contribution to the
country and society in general has been found to be exemplary, profound and inspiring. State commendation are conferred based on the contribution and the outstanding service of an individual to the nation. The criteria to award is done by state officials who present the names to the president.
Comments by the Secretary-Genral Maradona “I had the pleasure of congratulating H.E. Diamond personally on his latests Honour by the Republic of Kenya bestowed upon him at our official IIMSAM Meeting on the 29th of January in Dubai...My sincere gratitude to our Sp. Envoy H.E. Mr. Diamond Lalji… and his continue advocacy and support of our mandate...his goodwill gesture, advocacy, financial support and his liaisson work with the government of Kenya has helped IIMSAM to save countless of additional lives that otherwise would have been impossible”....it only serves as an example to emulate by others but it is just the beginning in the comming weeks our Centre will be Step-up to meet new and ever increasing demands for our Spirulina distribution and other life saving services we have been providing since 2009 which has led to the saving of thousands of lives at the Centre in Kisumu, Kenya.”...With H.E. Help we will be able to modernised our facilities by adding more concrete basins to further the output of our Spirulina production to be able to meet the ever increasing demands for Spirulina in benefit of the local population who are in need of its benefits in fighting many illnesses including the number one killer in the world malnutrition.”...It will also bring secure funding to meet the sustainability of our Life Saving Centre.”
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Monday, 28 January 2013
“THE ARE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD SO HUNGRY THAT GOD CANNOT APPEAR TO THEM EXCEPT
IN THE FORM OF BREAD.”
"THE FIRST AND IMMEDIATE PRIORITY THAT WE ALL AGREE IS THAT WE MUST FEED THE HUNGRY," "WITHOUT FULL FUNDING OF THESE EMERGENCY REQUIREMENTS WE RISK AGAIN THE SPECTER OF WIDESPREAD HUNGER, MALNUTRITION AND SOCIAL UNREST ON AN UNPRECEDENTED SCALE,"
UN-SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI -MOON
(AT THE U.N. AGENCY CHIEFS MEETING IN BERN, SWITZERLAND. 29 APRIL, 2008.)
YEAR END STATEMENT OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
REMIGIO MARADONA ON THE WORKS & ACTIVITIES OF THE:
INTER-GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTION FOR THE USE OF
MICRO-ALGAE SPIRULINA AGAINST MALNUTRITION.
1. SGs INTRODUCTION-STATEMENT AND CONCLUSION ………………………(Pages-2-4)
2. FIELD-DIRECTOR`s CENTRE STATE OF AFFAIRS 2012 SUMMARY.……… (Pages-5-6)
3. IIMSAM`s WORKS AND ACTIVITIES 2012…………………………………………. (Pages-6-14)
4. TECHNICAL-DIRECTOR`s-REPORT… ………………………………………………….(Pages-15-20)
IIMSAM SECRETARIAT (New York)
Revised 01-25-2013 Added Technical Section Report
Official IIMSAM Photo: SG-Remigio Maradona
Dear Colleagues of the IIMSAM Family, Stakeholders, Friends & Others:
IIMSAM in Support of United Nations System:
The UN Secretary-General’s Five-Year Action Agenda “The Future We Want”, which Ban Ki-moon described as “a plan to make the most of the opportunities before us; a plan to help create a safer, more secure, more sustainable, more equitable future; a plan to build the future we want” was unveil early in 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. IIMSAM has embraced the measures outlined in this agenda, and in all our activities it continue to emphasize the imperative and catalyst role of the UN as the facilitator of multilateral diplomacy, human rights, sustainable development, peace and security, and in particularly important to IIMSAM the area of food security.
IIMSAM Supports Accelerating progress on reaching the UN-Millennium Development Goals: With only 3 years left until the 2015 target date for achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals IIMSAM is leading a collective effort to accelerate progress towards the goals and in particular goal#1 to eradicate poverty and hunger.
Since 2009 through to 2012 thousands have benefitted from the IIMSAM Spirulina Food Fortifying Distribution Programme & Advocacy worldwide. As IIMSAM`s Strategic-Alliances, & other stakeholders which have Joined the IIMSAM push to combat the number one killer in the world acute malnutrition through the use of Spirulina Platensis which was declared by the UN-World Food Conference of 1974 as the “best food for the future".
United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012:
IIMSAM as an observer IGO to the Economic and Social Council, supporter and an advocate for the United Nations is committed to the principles and praxis of universality and multilateralism through the UN system. IIMSAM was one of the twenty eight IGOs which are presently accredited as observers to the United Nations Economic and Social Council was invited to the conference.
IIMSAM was also one of the 11 organisational voluntary pledges made at the conference under food security in doing so we reiterated our assurances regarding the right of everyone to have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food, in line with the Five Rome Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security adopted in 2009.
IIMSAM supports the The Zero Hunger Challenge which is the vision of UN Secretary-General for a future free from hunger. Launched at the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, it envisions a world where everyone enjoys the right to adequate food, women are empowered, food systems are sustainable and resilient, support to family farming is increased, poverty is reduced through agriculture and rural development and good nutrition is assured from the start of pregnancy through every child’s second birthday. It is an advocacy platform, with five objectives:
(a) 100 per cent access to adequate food, all year round;
(b) Zero stunted children less than 2 years of age;
(c) All food systems are sustainable;
(d) 100 per cent growth in smallholder productivity and income;
(e) Zero food is lost or wasted.
IIMSAM in 2012:
The year 2012 has been an extraordinary difficult year for IIMSAM as it faced continuous severe chronic underfunding and other overwhelming encounters. In spite of that the organization pushed forward with its Mandate. Yet nothing is more rewarding than witnessing the accomplishments with concrete deeds that IIMSAM was able to maintain through 2012, by establishing a wide range of collaborations, for the advocacy of Spirulina significantly enhance our capabilities for new opportunities to contribute to main streaming the usage of Spirulina not only in Kisumu but throughout Kenya and other parts of the world to combat and prevent disease related to acute malnutrition.
The pillars of the work of the Organization are converging: events in the advocacy and distribution of Spirulina in fighting the number one killer in the world malnutrition and related illnesses are having a lasting impact on progress in the health of the thousands we have served in the Kisumu region of Kenya since 2009. Reflecting the IIMSAM commitment to continue the distribution of Spirulina to the needed.
Looking forward, the principal task is to ensure the continuity of our Mandate and the equitable delivery of health services using Spirulina as the catalyst so that all can enjoy improved health outcomes. An important element of this agenda will be a renewed focus on meeting the gauntlet.
IIMSAM has made important progress and contributions in many areas during the past 3 years:
In improving nutrition and the general health of children, adults, disabled, elderly and victims of HIV in the Kisumu-Nyanza-Province- Kenya. Additional treatments and physiotherapy – for needy cases subjected to Spirulina feeding programmes have reduced other related illnesses to acute malnutrition through concrete deeds provided at the IIMSAM`s His Royal Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Spirulina Feeding Distribution Centre”. Also our Strategic Alliances, Advocacy, Emergency Rescue Initiatives and Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Outreach Programmes to rural areas have contributed significantly to healthier lives. In short, in this final stride towards the achievements of the UN-MDGs 2015, we must not lose our momentum or our focus.
Every day, organisations like IIMSAM in the food security arena and others around the world continue to face constraints that keep them from reaping the benefits of their labour and contributing to food security not only for those who are suffering but for their own survival. Daily fiscal, administrative, political and other challenges mean that its potentials are not realized. For this reason I urge our donors, IIMSAM supporters our Member States, Strategic Alliance Partners and other Stakeholders to help make our organization strong in filling a void and to help IIMSAM overcome these obstacles by providing secured funding to make IIMSAM a strong organization in the fight against worldwide malnutrition and to play a role in decision and policy making processes in the UN System and other International venues in Food Security.
Strengthening the Organization:
In spite of a number of problems encountered during the past year and half including chronic severe underfunding, IIMSAM was able to draw on lessons learned during this extremely difficult time. Thus, the organization`s resources, project planning will drive a substantial improvement of our business model and processes, bringing the realization of important benefits and improvements to our newly structured streamed line Secretariat. It is IIMSAM`s adaptability to delivering high-quality results and able to recognized severe resource constraints. The organization will be embarking on a number of critical initiatives which will build on experiences and successes already achieved within the last 3 years.
IIMSAM will continue despite daunting tests facing the organization and tough economic times to stands by those who are suffering from the ravages of severe and chronic malnutrition by distributing Spirulina effectively with concrete deeds as we have done in our work in support of the UN-MDGs. Through our strategic alliances and providing continues access of our Centre to the peoples of Kisumu and rural areas without interruption in services due to Severe Chronic Underfunding of the Organization not only increases health but has a multiplying impact on well-being and economic productivity.
Solutions exist — they simply need to be implemented. IIMSAM`s transitional period presents huge challenges but also tremendous opportunities for advancing the work of the organisation. Together, no challenge is too large. Together, nothing is impossible.
There are numerous examples of strong and inclusive organizations that foster collective action among people who are willing and are seriously committed in working together with IIMSAM at the community, national and international level, to combine the Mandate of the organization. It has been said repeatedly that we have the means to help in reducing significantly hunger and malnutrition. What is needed is everyone`s full support and to take full advantage of available opportunities.
IIMSAM will continue to go forward and stride to make its Mandate strong as ever in order to bring about the imperative assistance by thriving in delivering Spirulina Platensis to those in need and to build upon our best practices and success to open the door to new opportunities to achieve our common goal of a more food secure and sustainable world.
We could not end the year on a more promising note than that. Once again, I want to express my deep appreciation to you for helping to make all this possible. We thank you for all that you do for IIMSAM and wish you the very best in the coming year.
All forces must be brought to bear to meet our Mandate and help to address the problems we face. I look forward to our realising these opportunities together. IIMSAM is proud of the accomplishments and concrete deeds that we have achieved thus far in 2012 under severe extreme circumstances.
In 2013 we are ready to continue the struggle against malnutrition and our support for the UN-MDGs. IIMSAM`s aims at promoting and securing the sustainability of our life saving programmes in support of the the principles and ideals embodied in the Charter of the United Nations which IIMSAM as an Inter-Governmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council strives to uphold.
DIRECTOR FIELD & ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS/H.R.H. SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL NAHYAN SPIRULINA FEEDING CENTRE, KISUMU – KENYA:
SUMMARY OF THE STATE OF AFFAIRS AT CENTRE IN 2012:
As our Secretary-General pointed out in his statement above “Every day, organizations like IIMSAM in the food security arena and others around the world continue to face constraints that keep them from reaping the benefits of their labour and contributing to food security not only for those who are suffering but for their own survival”; this fact has seen the organization held to near a halt for the latter part of 2012. The organization serious financial chronic under funding continuously jeopardizes the smooth running of the field action plans at the Centre. To continue on a survival path, the providers of services and suppliers of other needed working requirements including items on realizing the importance of the program some concerned individuals had to come to our aid. The morale of staff, despite our difficulties continues to be upbeat and hopeful that 2013 will bring the necessary funding to continue our engagement on useful meaningful work that we have all carryout against all odds since 2009. This is what is at stake for all concerns to help normalize the operations of the organization.
Increasing service demand the pressure to provide the vital service has however continued to mount. Demand for Spirulina continues as needed malnourished population rises. The awareness so far created has provoked demand that it is beyond our means.
The Centre has halted temporary its operations on and off since 1st October 2012 due to lack of financial support of the organization as pointed out throughout the statement above by our Secretary-General. Nonetheless, we remain steadfastly hopeful for 2013 availability of sufficient funds to meet our set target to cultivate, produce, process and distribute freshly harvested and powder Spirulina to the needed. This will be done at the Center and through outreach programmes that are intended to extend to cover the severely malnourished including some parts of the Republic of Somalia border and the refugee camps situated there for we intend to reach as many of the thousands that are at these camps as possible.
Equipping the Spirulina farm for production is of necessity. The manpower, the basins, the facilities to guarantee production standards including the product quality etc. need to be addressed. This can be supplemented by acquiring Spirulina for use from other sources.
Spirulina Distribution (2013-14)
This is a core activity that needs maximum financial support. The success of the project solely depends on this function. The manpower expertise for the activity is critical. This has to be sourced objectively in order for the organization to effectively realize its set objectives. To produce near adequate amounts of Spirulina for accomplishing our objectives, we will need to construct four concrete basins. Inadequacies in production especially for the Spirulina intended for Northern Kenya and Somalia will be catered for by purchases of locally produced Spirulina from our partners.
2013-14 Target: The concrete basin is capable of producing up to 2,880,000gms wet Spirulina daily which can serve 288,000 adult visits or 576,000 children visits.
Conclusion-The way forward:
Donors must meet the Budget - The ambitious program can only be realized with a commitment to meet the specifications of the subsequent budget. This will guarantee availability of financial resources to help sustain operational costs and avail the needed facilities, smooth operations and settle past liabilities incurred due to chronic under funding -with a view to a positive outcome to pave way for a smooth progression and continuity of services rendered by the staff and the Spirulina distribution to the needed.
I urge and plead with all our donors, supporters and other stakeholders to commit and do their part in providing the necessary funding which are pledged for the organization in order to bring forth the continuity of our lives saving programmes through the usage of Spirulina in Kenya for 2013-14 to implement the IIMSAM Mandate to the needed populations suffering from acute malnutrition and other related illnesses.
DIRECTOR FIELD & ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS
H.R.H. SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL NAHYAN SPIRULINA FEEDING CENTRE,
KISUMU – KENYA.
DESPITE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT CHALLENGES FOR IIMSAM IN 2012-THE WORK & ACTIVITIES OF THE ORGANIZATION WITH CONCRETE DEEDS (2012): IIMSAM EAST & CENTRAL AFRICA SPIRULINA PROGRAMME: H.R.H. SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL NAHYAN SPIRULINA FEEDING CENTRE, KISUMU NYANZA-PROVINCE. REPUBLIC OF KENYA.
THE IIMSAM TEAM AT HRH SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL NAHYAN SPIRULINA FEEDING CENTRE.
REPORT ON KISUMU, KENYA SPIRULINA PROGRAMM ACTIVITIES
AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2012
IIMSAM-Selected PHOTOS: Of Recipients of the IIMSAM Services at the Centre in Kisumu, Nyanza-Province-Kenya
IIMSAM-Photo: Some of the daily recipients that come to our Centre, for physio-theraphy-spirulina intake and other services.
1.0 IIMSAM advocates for the use of Spirulina Food globally in the Fight against malnutrition.
The safe and natural Spirulina food provides concentrated nutritional support for optimum health and wellness. Spirulina used as a preventive measure ensures the safety and reduced chances of a body contracting any envisaged ailment and also contributes enormously to the quick recovery of the body from such ailments.
2.0 The IIMSAM Kenya Kisumu Center Activities
- Spirulina cultivation, production, processing and distribution
distribution for humanitarian feeding program.
- Spirulina training – done for willing partners
- Spirulina Humanitarian Feeding Programme – Center and outreach activities.
- Spirulina sales for sustenance
- Physiotherapy – for needy cases subjected to Spirulina feeding program.
3.0 The Community IIMSAM Serves in Kisumu
The Spirulina centre in Kenya is situated in Nyanza province, Kisumu City/county where comparatively the problems of malnutrition are rampant. The Town has over nine slam areas at Obunga, Nyawita, Manyatta, Kaloleni, Nyalenda, Nubian, manyatta Arab and Bandani, the last three being predominantly Muslim dominated estates. Research findings show that this province ranks second among eight provinces in the country on poverty index. This is according to results of the latest study by United Nations as provided by their agency on the poverty levels as released in July 2010 in London. The report ranks Kenya 16th in Africa and 76th in the world. Among the issues looked at in this report included health problems.
Poverty level in a society has a direct bearing on the levels of malnutrition hence the health status. Kenya with an estimated 2010 population of about 40 million has almost 24.4 million people (over half the population) living in dire poverty. Approximately 8 million people spend less than 1.25$ a day while another 16 million spend less than 2$ a day. This report is of concern and featured in the 20th anniversary edition of the UNDP’s Human Development Report released late in October 2010 as was researched from data captured the period 2007. It can be noted further that the year 2009 the president of the republic of Kenya announced a state of emergency for over 10 million people who were feared to be at risk and needed immediate rescue plans from looming hunger. Many such concerns/announcements have since been made. Poverty levels as generally reflected in Africa are a menace to health and negate the essence of improved good standard of living hence a status of malnutrition and poor health to the people of the continent.
“We operate in an environment where majority of the inhabitants are relatively poor and with devastating health needs hence most demanding Spirulina for their use. It is the only answer to the rampant malnutrition cases whose outcome is a manifestation of all sorts of diseases crowned by high child mortality rate witnessed in Kenya and Kisumu County. Indeed, Kisumu County in Nyanza where we operate from is known for infestation of various ailments including HIV/AIDS, Malaria, sickle cell anemia, Cholera outbreak etc. This is why I plead to all our Donors, Friends and well-wishers to help in our noble course to champion a NEW FUTURE FREE OF MALNUTRITION. Let us be committed in our hearts and give a hand in helping the deserving suffering masses that so dearly need this help. We cannot afford anymore to be party to the larger majority involved in the deprivation of a basic right to food for the needy one third of the inhabitants of this planet. We must be seen to lead in the taking of a bold stride to narrow this gap of the big number of the affected human race. We must be seen to lead by actions in actively involving ourselves by sacrificing our scarce resources and be seen to actively participating in our own unique way and or capacity in the food fortification by use of Spirulina to champion this noble cause. We must participate in creating a world where all the people existing in this planet can leave free from hunger and with a hope for a healthy future”.
FREDRICK LWAMBA . DIRECTOR IIMSAM CENTRE-FIELD & ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS-KISUMU-KENYA
4.1 Spirulina Feeding program at the Centre and Outreach
The Spirulina distribution exercise involved the identification of needy individuals, groups of individuals or institutions and organizations to whom/which humanitarian Spirulina was supplied to and or individuals who made visits to the center to feed on the humanitarian supply of fresh Spirulina product at the center. Long queues of needy cases were witnessed the period with resounding health benefits to individuals.
4.1.1 May 2009 to August 2012
The period May 2009 to current Aug 2012 IIMSAM in Kisumu Kenya successfully managed the process of Cultivating, producing and distributing fresh and powder humanitarian Spirulina which helped improve the health status of the needy over 500,000 people. 20% of these beneficiaries were of the second predominant Muslim Religious populace of Islam faith.
4.1.2 The period June 2011 to July 2012
|WET (GRMS)||POWDER (GRMS)||BENEFICIARIES |
(No. OF VISITS)
|YIELD||FOR FEEDING||FOR FEEDIDING||YIELD||WET||POWDER||TOTAL|
|5th - 30TH JUNE 2011||37,029||24,172||19,300||800||2,552||3,860||6,412|
|1st - 4TH JUN 2012||10,636||10,636||-||-||1,063||-||1,063|
This period IIMSAM Kisumu successfully administered Spirulina to over 50,000 visits, a total of 2,250 people (715 adults and 1,535 children) were served.
Is done to the interested willing partners. Already in the one year we successfully trained two partners. Makueni and Mwenge University in Tanzania. Others earlier are Dunga and Galax Youth Groups to make a total of four successful partners. We continue to provide technical support to all our partners. On the strength of their existence, we find them useful in the continuity of Spirulina production, distribution hence availing it to the needy at a subsidized fee as we battle with operational constraints hindering our progress.
The activity helps those already on the feeding programm and need the service
5.0 Spirulina Health benefits – case study
Enhances Immune System
Richest Protein Source
Selected case study: One among thousands done at Kisumu Spirulina Feeding Centre Since 2009
A malnourished child James. The same child 3 months later using 2 grams of Spirulina daily at the start of the Spirulina programme, costing feeding programme only $12
For adults, up to a total cost of $60 helps treat malnutrition for 90 days.
Other health benefits include body immune boosting, anemia - helps improve HB Level, cancer prevention, detoxifier – reduces toxicity in the liver and kidney etc., relieves diabetes and high blood pressure etc., rebuilds/repairs DNA, speeds up wound healing, improves liver and heart function ability etc.
IIMSAM WITH CONCRETE DEEDS 2012: CONDUCTING SEMINARS-ORPHANAGE OUTREACH INITIATIVE-STRATEGIC ALLIANCES FOR ADVOCACY-THE USAGE OF SPIRULINA-TECHNICAL CONSULTANCY ON SPIRULINA CULTURE/CULTIVATION-EMERGENCY RELIEF EFFORTS ETC.
DIRECTOR MR. MR. FREDRICK O. K. LWAMBA & MR. JOB ESSOMBO CONDUCTING SEMINARS
Some of the orphans who received Spirulina at the Mango Tree Orphanage in Kosele, Rachuonyo North District, Kenya.
“We The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust-Kenya based in Kosele, Rachuonyo North District would like to acknowledge your support of the IIMSAM Sheikh Zayed Spirulina Distribution Centre to our malnourished children. We are very much pleased with what you have done and look forward to partnering with you to uplift the health condition of our children and the society…It is to our amazement on what the food supplement has done within a short span of time.”
Josephine Ayieko, Nutrition Officer.
IIMSAM RESPONDS TO THE EMERGENCY SITUATION IN SOUTH KIVU-KALEHE PROVINCE –DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO WITH A SWIFT SPIRULINA DISTRIBUTION TO THE NEEDY CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM SEVERE MALNUTRITION:
IIMSAM “H.R.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin sultan Alnahyan Spirulina Feeding Centre Kisumu – Kenya” has responded to an emergency looming malnutrition situation to the many needy suffering children of South Kivu – Kalehe in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). IIMSAM will be responding with Spirulina donation for the temporarily relief in saving lives of children who find themselves is a desperate severe malnutrition situation. IIMSAM will immediately commence a Modus Operandi for the identified beneficiaries among the many critically affected children. This temporary emergency relief measure to help save the lives of these children who are badly affected with malnutrition.
Mr Kanjira Jules-Joseph, who visited IIMSAM-Kisumu Sheikh Zayed Centre from 6th June 2012 to 10th June 2012, became our strategic partner for the delivery of emergency spirulina for the DRC. IIMSAM has donated 7,000gms of Spirulina concentrated powder which is intended to benefit the worst affected children. The quantity given can take care of dozens of children continuously subjected to its use at 5gms per child daily for slightly less than one month as a start. IIMSAM will make additional arrangements to send the quantity of about 28,000gms to serve them for another additional two months to make a total three months, the minimum time lapse and duration required for continuous Spirulina usage to help clear Acute & Severe Malnutrition hence restore good health for each one of the affected children.
THE IIMSAM SPIRULINA READY FOR DISTRIBUTION PACKAGE USED
IN EMERGENCY RELIEF EFFORTS AS DIPICTED ABOVE.
A GREATEFUL STAFF AT THE IIMSAM H.R.H. SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN ALNAHYAN SPIRULINA FEEDING CENTER KISUMU – KENYA GIVES THANKS TO THE SPECIAL ENVOY-ADVISER OF THE S.G. & GOVERNMENT LIAISON TO THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA. H.E. MR DIAMOND H. LALJI, UPON HIS OFFICIAL VISIT (6/6/2012) FOR ASSISTING THE CENTRE WITH HIS GENEROSITY OF BUILDING CONCRETE SPIRULINA BASIN THAT INCREASED THE ABILITY FOR THE CENTRE TO CULTIVATE SPIRULINA WHICH RESULTED IN SAVING ADDITIONAL LIVES IN THE PAST YEAR SINCE ITS CONSTRUCTION A YEAR AGO.
Comments by the SG Maradona
“My sincere gratitude to our Sp. Envoy H.E. Mr. Diamond Lalji… and his continue advocacy and support of our mandate...his goodwill gesture not only serves as an example to emulate by others but it is just the beginning of modernizing our facilities to further the output of our Spirulina production to be able to meet the ever increasing demands for Spirulina in benefit of the local population who are in need of its benefits in fighting many illnesses including the number one killer in the world malnutrition.”
IIMSAM-MEXICO: CONTRIBUTES WITH CONCRETE DEEDS AND ADVOCACY:
The IIMSAM-Mexico field efforts with its firm commitment to advocacy and extraordinary lobbying efforts by our Goodwill Ambassador ICONIC Mexican Singer Emmanuel & our Field Director Ms. Geraldine De La Serna led to an MOU in 2011 with the State of Chiapas-Chapter of the Mexican National Agency (DIF) for the integral development of the family to combat malnutrition with Concrete Deeds has been a major step forward on an unprecedented scale as Millions of doses have been distributed by the Municipality/State since its inception in 2011 till the present Dec 2012.
(Jan-2012) IIMSAM`S MEXICO REGIONAL OFFICE LED BY MS. GERALDINE DE LA SERNA THE CATALYST & MAIN COORDINATOR OF THE ONGOING OUTREACH MEDICAL BRIGADE PROGRAMME IN ALLIANCE WITH U.S.A. VOLUNTEER MEDICAL DOCTORS BRINGS RELIEF & MUCH NEEDED MEDICAL EXPERTISE SERVICES TO DEPRIVED POPULATIONS THROUGHOUT MEXICO. (See pictures below.)
IIMSAM`s Medical Brigade Initiative: Was carried out in a marginalized community of the San Juan Bautista sub-division of the city of León, Guanajuato, on January the 16th through the 20th of 2012. The Medical Brigades are Medical trained personnel who volunteer their time and their goodwill to IIMSAM in order to carry out this lifesaving goodwill actions that are serving thousands who cannot afford nor have medical services in these marginalized impoverished communities throughout Mexico. It is composed of: Specialized American Doctors in ophthalmology from Jefferson City, Missouri, Dr. Monte Shinkle and his technician wife Betty Shinkle, Dr. Larry Merry and technician Tom Duffy, supported by the Concord Baptist Church of America. Pastors Francisco Espinoza of Iglesia Bautista Estrella de Belén and Abraham Morales of Iglesia Bautista Camino de Vida headed both brigades; Diego Gracia and Comandante (Security) Jose Luis Centeno were the coordinators. In addition IIMSAM distributed Spirulina fortified food items to help fight the anemic and malnutrition that this community suffers as well as giving nutritional guidance and assistance. Approximately 1,000 benefitted on this occasion, eyeglasses were given out, and medical attention was provided as required.
The Secretary General of IIMSAM H.E. Remigio Maradona commented:
“I am very proud of our IIMSAM Team in Mexico in particular our catalyst and main drive behind this great ongoing initiative our Director Ms. Geraldine de la Serna for a fantastic deed well done on this imperative Outreach Medical Brigade ongoing Initiative in the service of the Mexican peoples and in particularly those in need in a marginalized community of the San Juan Bautista, city of León, Guanajuato. Mexico….This Outreach Medical Brigade Initiative composed of U.S. Medical Doctors has serviced thousands since its inception in 2011…Bringing much needed medical expertise and services to provincial marginilised communities’ sites throughout Mexico… I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the U.S. Medical Team Volunteer-Facilitators along with my colleagues and supporters of the IIMSAM Mandate for without their caring and commitment it would have not been possible…I commend them for a job well done”.
(3/2012) OFFICIAL IIMSAM MEXICAN DELEGATION CONTINUES ITS EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS IN INFORMING THE POPULATION AT LARGE/GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL AND HEALTH PRACTITIONERS ON THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPIRULINA IN COMBATING MALNUTRITION AND OTHER ILLNESSES AFFLICTING DEPRIVED POPULATIONS IN MEXICO.
Official-IIMSAM-Delegation conducting educational Spirulina Seminars for public at large, government officials and other stakeholders.
Official-IIMSAM-Mexico Delegation conducting educational Spirulina Seminars for public at large, government officials and other stakeholders.
IIMSAM`s Regional Office for Mexico & Central America conducted Educational Spirulina Benefits Seminars to the Municipality( DIF) of Aguascalientes, Mexico. The IIMSAM Organization recognizes that hunger and malnutrition are a major impediment to sustainable development, and reaffirming that reducing hunger is a primary target of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals #1. IIMSAM with the idea to diffuse and implement the food security programs in the form of luncheons/dining lounges for people with limited resources utilizing fortified foods with Spirulina Maxima in order to combat malnutrition in Mexico. The IIMSAM Mexico Team was led by Ms. Geraldine De La Serna-C.P.A., Special Adviser of the Secretary General and Director of the IIMSAM Mexico Office. (See middle picture on second row first one from left to rt.) Dr. Salomon Shamosh, IIMSAM`s Scientific International Panel Member, IIMSAM-Mexico Team Members: Dr. Rosalba Muñoz and Nutritionist Montserrat de Alba. Elizabeth Martinez, Municipal DIF President of Aguascalientes, initiated the second training cycle to close to 500 volunteers that actively participate in 74 subdivisions and 78 communities of the City of Aguascalientes.
IIMSAM and Its Strategic Alliance with Kanwal Jit Sandal Foundation & Hash Biotech Labs’ Spirulina Farms, Dasuya (Punjab), INDIA: As a part of an on-going initiative since 2011 to promote health and nutrition awareness globally, IIMSAM and its Strategic Alliance with Kanwal Jit Sandal Foundation & Hash Biotech Labs’ Spirulina Farms, Dasuya (Punjab), Republic of India: Mrs. Maina Sandal, the Chairperson of KSF Initiated The Global Spirulina & Biotechnology Awareness Campaign in association with Hash Biotech Labs, the technology partner to KSF & IIMSAM, at the premises of Hash Biotech Farms, Dasuya. The campaign intends to create health awareness and promote education by encouraging young minds. Led by Special Adviser of the Secretary General Mr. Vikrant Sandal who has been a catalyst in his efforts and advocacy of the Hash Biotech-Labs` Global Indian Spirulina Campaign Advocacy with concrete deeds which has distributed free Spirulina doses to the needed since its inception on 12 February 2011. A tentative target has been sets to reach 1,000,000 doses by the latter part of 2013 or early part of 2014.
One in three malnourished children in the world lives in India. (Source-UNICEF)
ANNUAL TECHNICAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2012
By: Eng. Dieudonné Fundi Malombo Director for Technical Matters, Spirulina Expertise and other matters- Member of the IIMSAM International Experts Panel. IIMSAM-East and Central Africa Spirulina Programme
CONTEXT OF REPORT:
CHALLENGES & RECOMMENDATIONS
The year 2012 proved the most exigent. Finance is vital in efficient and productive growth yet IIMSAM has had a chronic underfunding setback in previous and current years, nevertheless communication and collaboration most be improved so sustainable strategic tools can be implemented that can result simple solutions to seemly difficult challenges.
As it already been reported on the activities illustrated above on the activities section of this report.
IIMSAM-Picture: General Meeting held with From left- H.E. Sp. Envoy of the S.G. Mr. Diamond Lalji
3. PILOT PROJECT JUJA
This year started on a high note with equally high expectations. This is credited to the feasibility study that was coming to an end with the goal of initiating the first of a kind Spirulina center in East Africa. Exclusively Autonomous with state of the art programs aimed at building a new bold approach to the fight against malnutrition and related illness. Due to the viability and flexibility of Spirulina its adaptability in JUJA Kenya and Africa in General is guaranteed. Increased access to an easy to digest balanced diet product that eliminates the mandatory use of energy (heat for cooking) revolutionizes cost of food on an entirely different level.
In the course of the study several contact were made that would be key the realization of eventual elimination of malnutrition which is still a scourge in Africa. Awareness and sensitization using these channels would best serve the target population who are those in dire need. The study aroused curiosity especially from the contacts which prompted several engagements in an effort to be conversant with Spirulina. During these exchanges we gathered information on various ways to improve add on to an already viable product. A visit to KEBS and KEMRI gathered a wealth of information.
Kenya Bureau of Standards as an institution which provides certification and confirms authenticity of a product that is then allowed in the Kenyan Market. Spirulina is already been in the market hence KEBS only verifies quality of available sample.
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has shown interest in Spirulina principally for its effects on primary health and consequently its social and economic foothold. Subsequently a full report was produced and presented to Special Envoy to the Secretary General Diamond Lalji.
However, due to extenuating circumstances the presentation needed a review of the budget necessary in order to attain a feasible venture. This was then presented to H.E. Mr. Diamond Lalji and it still awaits approval and ultimate implementation.
4.1.1. CHARLES JOHN MUANGIRWA: a former university professor is a partner from Tanzania who has been giving updates on his project. He currently has steady production with a progressive expansion trajectory (begun with 5liters and presently holds 800liters). He recently did an exhibition on Spirulina production.
Photo: IIMSAM-ECASP. Spaghetti Spirulina Maker” For Extrusion of Spirulina. About 1000 liters of Spirulina in a durable plastic tank in the Expansion Green House (EGH) 2. Recently constructed Spirulina filter. (Tanzania).
4.1.2. INDIVIDUALS/& OTHERS:
SANDER DIKKEN: Who was recommended by SG Remigio Maradona, a Student doing a research for his master thesis at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands; on the socio-economic feasibility of using algae for food production and for wastewater treatment in Tanzania visited the facility on 11-9-2012 following his initial contact with the IIMSAM. The Student saw the facility, products and produced a draft report. Subsequently he would credit both IIMSAM and Charles in his final report, provide its copy to the same, through IIMSAM-expert Eng. Fundi Malombo and former professor Charles, as part of archives and also as a point of reference for future programs.
MASINDE MULIRO University: currently pursues a study in productivity of Spirulina, they have an area of 15m2 under cultivation (2 basins each 7.5 m2)
GALAXY YOUTH GROUP: they are structured for a commercial base; therefore there marketing strategy encompasses creation of awareness and sensitization. Area under cultivation 70m2 however currently due to the absence of water (drought) in the area only 12.5m2 has been maintained to conserve the seed while awaiting water.
INDANGALAS HIV/AIDS Research Center: have engaged in feeding program of 5 people that are constantly under observation. The area of cultivation is 10 m2.
FEDERATION: is a group called KENFAK trained by the galaxy group that has a business orientation therefore creation of awareness for the product they produce is vital. The area of cultivation is 100m2. One part is in VIHIGA area 40m2 that is under production, the other is 60m2 in Kakamega that is experiencing drought and as such has no production that is likely to change once there is rainfall.
JUDITH WANAMBIRO: an individual member of the galaxy group based in Bungoma with an area under cultivation of 20m2 in a concrete basin. Her farm is presently producing.
SIMON MURUNGA: also a Galaxy group member based in Bungoma using a plastic using a plastic basin covering an area of 20m2 also presently producing Spirulina.
4.2. Kenya-WESTERN KENYA and NYANZA PROVINCE: This year communications with our Western Kenya and nyanza partners (Masinde Muliro University, Galaxy youth group and Dunga spirulina etc.) were mainly based on technical support with necessary contingency plans. Climatic changes and financial constrains continue to serve a hindrance. In spite of this many have experience growth in production. However, most of our partners ask for a ready market from us so as to have continuity. IIMSAM has been training and empowering the local populations from Western Kenya on Spirulina Culture/Cultivation to groups/individuals like: Kenya Galaxy Youth Group an affiliate member of the prestigious Masinde Muliro University. The initial program was based on the commercial aspect of cultivating this medium and hence an eventual profit margin. However, during numerous visits and correspondence, it has developed a research and feeding program networks. From the original Galaxy group there has been separation that is responsible for the diversity.
IIMSAM CONTINUES SPIRULINA CULTIVATION EXPANSION INTO THE N.E. KENYA BY ENPOWERING THE LOCAL POPULATION ON SPIRULINA HUMANITARIAN CULTIVATION CULTURE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST MALNUTRITION AND OTHER RELATED AILMENTS.
The existence of a Spirulina cultivation farm to the North Eastern Kenya through the Spirulina expansion efforts is now a success story. Two of the Spirulina Cultivation trainees from The Kenya Society of Homeopaths namely Mr. Julius Mulinge Wambwa and Ms Serah Mueni Kitenge who attended our (IIMSAM) latest successfully concluded Seminar the period 14th to 16th march 2012 at H.R.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Alnahyan Spirulina Feeding Centre Kisumu – Kenya (newsletter of 19-20/3/2012) together with IIMSAM can now recount on the benefits, achievements and the success recorded so far from the knowledge acquired during the training and the resulting consultations and logistic support with and from IIMSAM. The two trainees reporting on tangible progress on their subsequently Spirulina cultivation farm. They intend to use the harvested Spirulina to help fight malnutrition and improve the health of their clients, majority being victims of the malnutrition scourge.
IIMSAM experts intend to visit their farm and help chart the way forward for the best practices in the use of Spirulina as a food supplement/fortifier and a remedy for malnutrition. So far within the short span of time or period, their Spirulina farm continues to perform/expand and they now have a record pond size of 2,000 Liters of healthy Spirulina medium. See attached photographs above. They have since made their first harvest. They intend to expand and grow the ponds to an area of over 1,000 square meters using improved technology possibly concrete basins. This will help them keep in pace with their ever growing/increasing demand or list of people affected from malnutrition and other related ailments
4.3. Ministry of Agriculture:
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE OF KENYA PRAISES IIMSAM`s WORK WITH SPIRULINA AS A VEHICLE TO COMBAT ACUTE MALNUTRITION IN KISUMU UPON THEIR OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE IIMSAM-H.R.H. SHEIKH ZAYED SPIRULINA DISTRIBUTION CENTRE AT NYANZA, PROVINCE.
|IIMSAM- Photos: Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture arriving at the IIMSAM Sheikh Zayed Spirulina Distribution Centre as a follow up visit and being showed the wonders of Spirulina Platensis in fighting malnutrition in the Kisumu region of Kenya.|
IIMSAM`s H.R.H. SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN ALNAHYAN SPIRULINA FEEDING CENTER KISUMU – KENYA received a bus full of a large delegation of Government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Provincial Administration of Mumias County in Western Province. Western Province is one of the eight provinces that make Kenya as a country. The province neighbors Nyanza province where we IIMSAM operate from and it is the province where Galaxy Youth Group Organization and Masinde Muliro University are situated. The two, are strategic partners of IIMSAM having received training on Spirulina cultivation and having undergone awareness advocacy drive on Spirulina health benefits from IIMSAM respectively which has led to their on engagements and commitments towards Spirulina cultivation, production, and distribution and researching as is appropriate.
5. CHALLENGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
A meeting held in Kisumu to charter a way forward for the center aimed at creating a road map to recovery to bring about the full potential of IIMSAM in implementing its Mandate in the Republic of Kenya. This engagement revealed a need for taking the best practices over the past 3 years with accountability and transparency to ensure an efficiently run institution. The overall goal of this meeting was to make this center a beacon of self-reliance and ultimately this would serve to cater for a larger target population.
A report on the same was made by the technical department and recommendations on the vital changes necessary indicated. UPDATE: As of the writing of this report upon the urgent appeals of the Secretary-General H.E. Sp. Envoy of the Secretary General Mr. Diamond Lajil has made indications that steps will be taken steadfastly to commence general operations of the Centre which has and will continue to save thousands of lives since 2009 in Kisumu and other rural parts of the region.
Knowledge is like a river source, when people come together and share ideas then simple solutions make greater impacts. At this trying time better communication and collaboration would be the source we seek, (together we stand apart we fall).
Innovation and creativity is the key to the next big thing, bringing along other ideas as we await the JUJA PILOT PROJECT. After vigorous brainstorming several concepts were harnessed that were in sync with the spirulina project.
POULTRY: Spirulina if fed to poultry elicits a well rounded individual with better quality and better egg production.
AVACADO: The already established avocado project the spirulina medium rich in organic ions would act as fertilizer to enhance growth and production concurrently.
FISH: keeping exotic fish can be rewarding alongside spirulina given that it reinforces colour in variety.
IIMSAM recognizes that hunger and malnutrition are a major impediment to sustainable development, and reaffirming that reducing hunger is a primary target of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals #1.
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