Kenyan lady from Baltimore survives drowning in Mombasa -Help needed.
She can recognize people, and is still nonverbal but does cry or laugh. She is able to eat and continues to improve muscle strength although has limited mobility. Overall, Shiku is making progress.
Thanks be to God, Shiku has been cleared to travel to a Hospital in the U.S. She will be accompanied by her doctor from Kenya. Please assist us in raising funds for the
travel and medical expenses.
We will gather for prayers and contributions at Shiku’s house on October 3 , 2009 at 2pm.
We appreciate your continuous assistance and we look forward to see you.
May God bless you.
Address: 2219 Bluegrass Heights court Rosedale MD 21237.
For more information please contact Ann Mburu at 4432777962
Kenyan lady from Baltimore survives drowning in Mombasa -Help needed.
A Kenyan lady from Baltimore, Esther Shiku Mburu Henderson, who had traveled to Kenya to visit her family, is fighting for her dear life in hospital and family members are asking for help with hospital bills to keep her alive.
On Sunday April 26th, while on vacation in Mombasa, Shiku aka Mama Victor had a near drowning experience. The family is not aware of all of the details at the moment, but they do know that she ended up with severe pulmonary and cerebral edema that put her in a coma. Doctors at Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa managed to drain the fluid from her lungs, but her brain was still swollen. After careful evaluation of imaging studies, the doctors suspect that she might have sustained an injury to the back of her head. She is currently not able to see or move.
As of Monday May 4th, the brain swelling had reduced slightly, and Shiku became more alert but still on a ventilator (breathing machine). We have been informed that she seems to be responding to sounds, and has some movements though we are not sure of the extent of those movements. Unfortunately, the doctors are still not sure if she can see.
This event has drained the family physically, emotionally, and financially. They have been paying the hospital approximately $4,000, every three (3) days for her continued care in the ICU and at the moment they are not sure how long she will be in the ICU. We have also been informed that she is too unstable to be moved to Nairobi, where she can be closer to the rest of the family.
From the doctors’ reports, they anticipate that she will be in the hospital for at least a month. The hospital policy does not allow major procedures to be performed before at least half the payment is received. Because of this, the family is requesting for financial support in offsetting Shiku’s Hospital bill so that she can get the treatment she desperately needs. Also they are requesting for prayers for God to heal her and restore her health completely with no permanent injury.
Family and friends are meeting daily for prayers at Shiku’s residence: 2219 Bluegrass Heights Ct, Rosedale 21237.The family is also planning for a fundraising on May 23, 2009 in Baltimore Maryland at a venue to be announced soon. Please keep visiting this page for updates.
Well wishers may please send money through the following account:
Bank of America
Acct #: 446015728164
Name: Esther Henderson
For more information, please contact the following people:
Mr. Kiragu -443 559 2160
Dorothy Njathi (Mugeshi) – 410 905 5197-[email protected]
April 17, 2009: The Kenya Tourism Board will take part in the largest film location exhibition in the US as it seeks to make Kenya an international film location.
The annual exhibition that will take place this week in Santa Monica is organized by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and helps countries to promote their filming locations and production support.
The Kenya Film Commission has been taking part in the exhibition for the last three years but this year hopes to focus on the tourism aspect of the film making industry.
This has led to the involvement of the Kenya Tourism Board which will help sell the country’s tourism facilities and sites to film makers at the exhibition.
“Film makers are potential tourists and they can come and enjoy themselves as they stay here,” said the KTB communications manager, Mr Khalid Salim.
Due to the detailed processes involved in filming, film makers who come to the country stay longer than the average tourist.
This provides them with more time to sample tourism facilities and sites and also to spend more in the process.
According to the Kenya film commissions’ head of marketing Mr Timothy Owase, 99 per cent of film makers are also tourists.
“Most film makers travel on tourist visas,” noted Mr Owase.
Filming locations in Kenya are also mainly located in tourism attraction areas like game parks, reserves and conservancies.
These are in areas like Laikipia, the coast, the Rift Valley, Masai Mara, Amboseli and Northern Kenya.
This is expected to make it easier for Kenya’s tourism marketers to sell the country’s prime facilities and sites.
Kenya has some of the best filming sites in the continent but due to high taxes, restrictive regulations and lack of support services, major box office productions do not come over.
“Kenya has all it takes but the only drawback is the lack of incentives,” said Mr Owase. This had made the country lose out to South Africa which is currently the biggest location.
South Africa has managed to attract major box office productions due to its attractive tax incentives, streamlined regulations and developed film industry which provides support services for international film makers.
The Kenyan government is currently working on developing incentives for film makers which include tax reduction and elimination of cumbersome regulations.
This is hoped to translate the numerous enquiries from film makers into actual production.
The Kenyan delegation to the US also includes the department of film services and local film makers.
AFCI which organizes the annual location exhibition is the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television and video production throughout the world.
It is a non-profit association whose members serve as film commissioners for their respective countries or regions. There are more than 300 AFCI-Member Film Commissions worldwide, covering almost every continent.
The AFCI Locations Trade Show is the first look at locations and production support from all over the world for major film production firms.
Renowned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s (KBC) news anchor Anne Wambui Ofula was Friday afternoon laid to rest at the Lang’ata Cemetery in Nairobi. Ofula passed away on September 11th at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi after a tragic road accident.
Ofula to be buried Friday
Ann Ofula KBC’s veteran anchor dead
The late KBC radio and TV announcer Anne Ofula. Ofula died on Thursday Morning at Karen Hospital in Nairobi where she was admitted after being involved in a car accident last month.
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