IVU Regional Coordinator for Africa, Emmanuel Eyoh sent the following report:
We held the East and Central Africa Vegetarian Congress in Nairobi Kenya Dec 17-18, 2010. It was the 3rd vegetarian congress in Africa and the 1st outside West Africa. As most people know I believe very much in grassroots vegetarianism - taking vegetarian issues to people. That is why vegetarian congresses in Africa always consist of a Walk, Food Distribution and the congress proper.
We attached much importance to the Nairobi congress as we hope to hold the first-ever African World Vegetarian Congress in Nairobi come 2014. The 2010 regional congress turned out to be a rather successful congress. We saw the full participation of the well known Kenyan female politician, activist and presidential hopeful Dr Julia Ojumba in the congress and feeding events. We also had much more press coverage than the previous congresses in Nigeria and Ghana, and we were very encouraged by the successes of the IVU Africa charity feeding initiatives. Last but not least, we were delighted that John Davis, the IVU Manager was part of the pre-congress programme.
During the charity programme, we were able to feed several hundred needy persons with vegan food. It re-enforces my belief that the solution to hunger and malnutrition in Africa is moving far away from meat centred diets and towards plant–
centred diets. The charity programme involved partnerships with other organizations, including Rotary International, Food for Life Global and other organizations in Kenya to serve vegan food to needy persons.
The Vegetarian Society of Kenya will continue with the feeding programme. The IVU Africa Fund supports feeding programme and congresses in Africa. We request everyone to contribute to the IVU Africa Fund, and come 2014, we hope to have a great and successful World Vegetarian Congress in Africa. Finally, IVU Africa wishes to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the individuals and organizations that supported the Kenya congress and the IVU Africa feeding programme in one form or other: IVU International Council, for their support and encouragement; John Davis the IVU Manager for joining us for the 1st time in Africa and being instrumental in raising funds for IVU Africa programmes; FARM [USA] for funding support via its Sabina Fund; Hare Krishna’s Food For Life Global; the Brahma Kumaris Organisation; Hare Krishna Temple, Nairobi; the Ananda Marga organization; the president, secretary and members of the Vegetarian Society of Kenya; and all the donors to the IVU Africa Fund and all our well-wishers.
We look forward to your support and participation at the South Africa Vegetarian Congress in South Africa in 2011!
Photos and more info at www.ivu.org/africa/nairobi
See complete issue of IVU Online News: www.ivu.org/news/online/February_2011.pdf