What: Kenya's Ambassador, Peter Nichols Rateng Oginga Ogego, will be the keynote speaker during a benefit for the Chwele community development in Kenya. The event celebrates the release of Harambee! Stories and Recipes from the African Family Circle and includes an African dinner consisting of some of the recipes from the book. The author, Grace Kuto, will be on hand to sign copies.
During his visit from August 14-16, the ambassador will also meet with Governor Kulongoski, take a tour of the Nike campus, and dialogue with the Kenyon community in Portland. He is available for interviews upon request.
When: Thursday, August 14, 2008, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Portland State University Smith Student Union Ball Room, 3rd floor (1825 SW Broadway Avenue). Parking available for $3 at SW 6th & Harrison.
Cost: $30 per individual (includes book and dinner) or $400 for corporate table sponsor for eight (books and dinner).
Contact: For more information contact Grace Kuto at 503-245-3812. Media interested in interviewing the Ambassador need to contact Scott Gallagher at 503-725-8789.
Background: Chwele community development includes building a health clinic to provide primary and preventive healthcare to over 58,000 people with conditions including HIV/AIDS, malaria, diabetes, hypertension, family planning, respiratory, and water-borne diseases.
Portland State has advised hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation on how to form deep connections with partners in their communities. For years the University has integrated knowledge driven service projects into the general education curriculum that have benefited thousands of community partners, as well as students and faculty. PSU also conducts applied research in partnership with industry important to the region. The rest of the national higher education community is recognizing that this educational philosophy is the wave of the future. For more information on Portland State's community engagement visit www.pdx.edu/oaa/engagement.html.
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