KCK Retreat 2016: Ready for the Beach?

KCK Retreat 2016

Kenya Community in Korea (KCK) is planning for a mega retreat on August 13th, 2016. The annual retreat will be hosted by KCK Busan Branch.

Last year, KCK Busan made a history by hosting about 100 participants in colorful fun-filled day, and a Kenyan dinner in the evening. Last year’s retreat was the biggest annual event in the history of KCK, and this year may be “extraordinary,” according to the organizing committee which had its meeting last Sunday.

In summary:

Date: August 13th (Saturday). Participants may stay longer since Monday (15th) is a public holiday!

Venue:  Gwangali Beach and other Busan Beaches

Activities: Beach and Water Sports (including beach volleyball, soccer, swimming etc.)

Grand Dinner:   Kenyan Dinner (Ugali, Sukuma, Nyama, Kachumbari, Pilau, na kadhalika)

Entertainment: Exclusively Kenyan and Continue reading

Of coincidence, greed and trade: Why Korea is a lesson for Kenya

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has just concluded her maiden trip to Africa as president. Of the three countries she visited, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, her face to face meeting with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta offers somewhat a coincidence.

Picture this. In February 1964, South Korea’s former president, Park Chung-hee, and Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, established diplomatic relations between Seoul and Nairobi. About 50 years later, Park Chung-hee’s daughter (Park Geun-hye) and Jomo Kenyatta’s son (Uhuru Kenyatta) are presidents of their respective countries. The two leaders were in fact sworn Continue reading

Six Kenyans awarded Woojung scholarship

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Six Kenyan students were among this year’s recipients of the Woojung Education and Culture Foundation Scholarship.  The foundation, which had been supporting Asian students since 2010, begun considering African students (from Kenya and Ghana) from 2013.

The Woojung Education and Culture Foundation was founded by construction-based conglomerate Booyoung Group, and Continue reading

KCK Chairman’s Address During Seollal Meeting

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KCK Chairman Dr. Benson Kamary addressing Kenyans during the Seollal Meeting in Seoul on February 8, 2016.

Your Excellency Amb. Mohamed Gello, the Head of Mission, Amb. Gathoga Chege, Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Kiboi Waituru, Head of Chancery, Fellow Kenyans, friends of Kenya, Good afternoon.

It is exactly one year since we were here last for another Seollal Meeting, the first formal meeting of the year for KCK. At that meeting two significant events took place:

  1. The installation of new KCK leadership team
  2. Welcoming our new ambassador.

For me and my able colleagues, today’s meeting Continue reading

KCK Charity Event in Gwangju

Kenyans in Korea gathered in Gwangju for a charity event on December 19th.

The words of the KCK Chairman, Dr. Benson Kamary says it all: “Thank you Kenya Community in Gwangju (and friends of Kenya) for an extra ordinary welcome and time together yesterday. It was great having KCK Charity & End of Year gathering in Gwangju (the birth place of KCK and a birth place of Korea’s democracy). We cherish the time we spent with those lovely Korean children~eating together and playing at the Children Center. The visit to the May 18 Memorial Tower and Museum was both informative and reflective. What a way to spend Christmas/ New Year. We will never forget^^!”

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Korean Government Scholarships 2016

Applications are now open for 2016 Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP). Korean government invites 120 (via Korean Embassies) and 25 (via the Regional Universities) international students from 66 countries who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at higher educational institutions in Korea. Scholarships are awarded for 5 years from March 1, 2016-February 28, 2021.

 

Grantees should take a one year preliminary Korean language course before pursuing an undergraduate degree course (4 years). To be selected as a KGSP grantee, any applicant should successfully pass through the 1st selection process set by the Korean embassies Continue reading

Kenyans plan for a “Big Meeting” during Chuseok

10428637_10204984127429645_6165489492626017948_nKenya Community in Korea (KCK) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) during the Chuseok holiday on Saturday September 26th 2015. This meeting is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings for Kenyans since inauguration of KCK in October 2009. The chief guest will be H.E. Mohamed Gello, Kenya ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

Throughout the year Kenyans living in Korea have come together for various activities among them the Seollal (Lunar New Year) Meeting held at Bethany Church in February, where over 60 Kenyans and friends gathered. During the meeting KCK new leadership was sworn in and 2015 calendar of activities was unveiled.

The upcoming AGM is set to be held at the same venue; Bethany Methodist Church (CANA HALL), in Daerim, Seoul. This time round Kenyans are also invited for a big meal Continue reading