I am delighted to be here this morning for the launch of this expansive vocational scholarship program. I thank all the partners who made this possible—KCB Foundation, civil society, the Government of Kenya, our colleagues in the private sector, USAID Nilinde. Most of all, I thank and commend the many young adults taking advantage of the opportunities this program will afford. It is your energy, your ingenuity, and your earnestness that inspires us and will underpin the future prosperity of Kenya.
During the course of implementation in 2015, the counties, AHADI and USAID have learnt key lessons that have informed our activities in 2016.
I hope that 50 years from now someone will look back on the projects we're supporting today and deliver a speech about perspectives. Maybe he or she will ask the audience to recall a time when people still had TB. Or when women and children were unable to reach their full potential because they did not have access to quality health care. Maybe he or she will reference a life-saving vaccine that was invented and patented in India in 2016? Or a game-changing program that eliminated preventable mother and child deaths.
President Obama's Asia-Pacific Rebalance policy recognizes that our future prosperity and security are inextricably tied to this region. At its core, the Rebalance is about strengthening our relationships with countries — but more specifically people — of the region to help them shape a future that is peaceful, prosperous and more just.
I thank the Kenya Wildlife Service, Narok county government, and all the other conservation champions here today for inviting me to participate in this great occasion. This is an extraordinary day because not only are we celebrating World Wildlife Day, but we are also celebrating Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai day.
Fifteen years ago when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were launched, there were 100 million primary school age kids out of school. MDG Goal 2 set out to change that and improvements in access to school happened, but unfortunately, for millions of children, "schooling" was not leading to "learning." So, with the strong support of members of Congress, and all of you, we issued our USAID Education Strategy and focused on just three goals. The Strategy set ambitious targets which will take a long time to reach, but which are crucial.
J’aurais bien souhaité être ici devant vous pour assister à l’annonce d’une nouvelle beaucoup plus joyeuse mais tel n’est peut-être pas le cas. En effet, nous sommes réunis aujourd’hui en ce lieu pour tirer la sonnette d’alarme et dire: « L’éléphant d’Afrique est en danger d’extinction à cause du commerce illicite de l’ivoire
The U.S. Mission and its Health Portfolio leadership stand with the Cabinet Secretary and his team to improve the health of the people of Kenya, through both service delivery and strengthening of Kenyan public health systems
C’est un grand plaisir pour moi d’être ici avec vous aujourd’hui. D’abord, c’est la première opportunité pour moi de rencontrer nos partenaires de Solutions Locales et Konbit. Mais surtout, je suis ravi que ma première sortie officielle marque le lancement d’un projet tout à fait particulier et innovateur. En effet, c’est un important projet d’assistance directe à des organisations et entreprises Haïtiennes.
USAID is no stranger to working with faith-based organizations. Since USAID’s creation in 1961, by President John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president in U.S. history, we have engaged with religious leaders and institutions to end extreme poverty, respond to human suffering and as, President Kennedy said, “to establish the principle that all the people are entitled to a decent way of life.” As State Secretary Silberhorn also said, with 84 percent of people around the world identifying with a religious group, it is impossible to be effective in the world without strong partnerships with faith-based groups and religious leaders.
Last updated: August 25, 2016