The Star (Nairobi)

24 November 2012

Kenya: Trending With Nana G - Not Your Usual Hen Weekend

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Remember my local florist at Muthaiga Mini Market? I passed by this week and saw bunches of roses in different colours put together.

So I asked, "What's happening here?" I was told that proceeds from every bunch go to women who have been abused.

I was like huh? What a clever way of helping women and showing support! I then asked, "For how long is this happening?"

She said it was happening for two weeks and that proceeds from the other flowers go to a children's home. "And how do you guys make money?

This is a business, right," I asked. She smiled and said, "Yeah, these roses you see here are all the flowers that don't make it for export so the owners of the flower farms decided that since they make their money by exporting flowers, they wanted to give back locally so this is how they do so.

I was so surprised and shocked that people would do this. You don't find too many people doing really good stuff like this. I buy flowers from them every week but it makes me even happier that it's going for a good cause.

So next time you want beautiful roses, head to the Mini Market and buy the flowers because you'll not only get good roses, you will also take part in a great cause.

Not your usual Hen weekend

I was asked to organise a hen weekend for a very good friend and they said they want it to be different. "How different?" I asked.

"Different like Dubai," she said. "Alright let's do this," I said and called my contacts at Atlantis, the Palm Dubai and they put together an amazing package for us.

VIP Brunch on Friday, all we could eat and drink. Then VIP table at the hotels night club called N'duldge where they played hip hop all night.

Then on Saturday and Sunday we had VIP lounge beds along the beach at night looking across at the beautiful sky line as we sipped on cocktails feeling like a real princess.

There is so much to explore at the hotel and if you have time, you can also pop into Nobu, which is located at the hotel, for a bite.

If you want to do something different, why not drop an email to Maraika Van Wessem, the head of marketing at Atlantis. Whatever your party, she will make it happen.vanWessem@atlantisthepalm.com

Personality of the month

I had met a lady by the name of Crystal Okusa about a year ago and when I ran into her a few weeks ago, we had lunch and she told me what he was now doing.

She quit her job in the corporate world and was now helping girls stay in school. I asked her how? And she said "I came up with Jukumu Langu Initiative out of the need to empower the community toward self-reliance, and to create awareness within individual communities to participate in the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly; achieving universal education and promoting gender equality and empowering women at the grassroots level.

It is on these two MDGs that JLI came up with the C-free Initiative that seeks to provide re-usable sanitary towels to girls and young women living in urban slums and poverty pockets of rural Kenya.

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