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Congrats! Atlanta-based Kenyan woman awarded highest honor by top US company, Cox Enterprises Inc.

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Being an agent of change is what Jean Adero does best, whether it’s in her role at Cox Automotive or thousands of miles away in her native country of Kenya.

By day, she helps employees accept and embrace transformative new initiatives at Cox Automotive. But Adero’s nights and weekends are often spent advancing another cause — the charity she founded called Read Across Africa.

Adero uses her innate empathy and compassion to Bring Out the Best in Others — both home and abroad — traits that have earned her Cox Enterprises’ highest honor, the Governor James M. Cox Award.

The award was created by Cox Enterprises President and CEO Alex Taylor, to recognize employees who live the  company’s values and exemplify its Purpose to Empower People Today to Build a Better Future for the Next Generation. 

Ms Jean Adero. COURTESY PHOTO

Caring Breeds Commitment 
Adero works as a manager of change management for Cox Automotive’s Inventory Solutions group to assess where the company is and where it wants to be, and then develop a strategy to get there. She visits with employees to understand their concerns about change and educate them about why it’s happening.

While working on an initiative at Manheim, a Cox Automotive brand, she helped workers in the Auction department embrace new technology that moves cars around the lot more efficiently. Roughly half of Cox Automotive’s employees were affected by the change. Over a three-year period, the vehicle management initiative resulted in a savings of millions of dollars.

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Read Across Africa 
Ms Adero moved to Atlanta from Kenya after she graduated from High School to attend Morris Brown College. In order for her to make the move, Adero’s mother gave up $10,000 — her entire life savings — to support her.

Before coming to work at Cox, she dedicated herself to extending the same educational opportunities to others, by improving literacy in rural Africa. In 2011, she partnered with Books for Africa, a global nonprofit, to receive nearly 22,000 books. She and her sisters then renovated a house that once belonged to her parents into a functional library. After several years of hard work, Read Across Africa opened in 2015.

She returns to Kenya four times a year to check in on the library and its nine staff members. Read Across Africa is open six days a week and is available to the entire community. It offers after-school programs to improve literacy, encourage imagination and make a positive impact in students’ lives. The library has become an influential beacon in the community.

“When a child learns to read, the whole family is positively impacted,” said Adero. “The ripple effect is amazing, and now it’s a place where adults come to read the newspaper. We have child care for younger children and programs to teach children to read. People can connect and get away from their everyday lives.”

 

Adero said she would like to expand Read Across Africa to five libraries this year, some of which would be new and some of which would be partnerships with existing organizations. The children in her programs are flourishing, and their grades indicate that kindling a love of reading is paying off.

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Keisha Duck, vice president of talent, learning and culture at Cox Automotive, said Adero inspires everyone around her.

“You can’t ask for somebody who represents Cox any better than what Jean does,” said Duck. “I think we are all honored to be in her presence. We think about how we live our lives and how we can make a difference. And you look at Jean, and you say, ‘if she can do it, I can do it.’”

 

Read Across Africa is open six days a week and is available to the entire community. It offers after-school programs to improve literacy, encourage imagination and make a positive impact in its students’ lives. The library has become an influential beacon in the community and hopes to keep growing positively to reimagine Africa.

“Your life begins when you look through the lens of others. Take a chance at truly living – do something that seems impossible!” says Ms Adero.

To help Jean and Read Across Africa, please visit readacrossafrica.org.

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Plane with 17 passengers on board crashes in DRC

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A passenger plane with about 17 passengers on board crashed on Sunday in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing several people, the provincial governor’s office said.

The plane, operated by the local company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement.

The number of fatalities was not yet clear.Busy Bee was not available for comment.Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. \All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

A cargo plane departing from the same airport crashed an hour after take-off in October, killing all eight passengers.

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Why school kept news of student’s family members’ death a secret for 22 days

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A school in Tanzania decided not to inform a 16-year-old girl that her entire family of five had been wiped out by flash floods last month to enable her complete her examinations.

Anna Zambi’s parents and siblings were on their way to visit her in school for prayer day ahead of her final secondary school examinations when they met their death.

TRAGIC INCIDENT

A private car in which they were travelling in was swept away in floods following incessant rains in Handeni District, Tanga Region.

According Tanzanian daily, The Citizen, the school chose to keep the tragic incident a secret to enable Zambi complete her exams in peace.

The incident happened just two days before the start of the examinations.

The head teacher of Mother Teresa of Calcuta Girls Secondary School revealed how he managed to ensure the student was kept in the dark over the tragedy that took the lives of her parents and three other siblings on October 26.

GRAVEYARDS

In breaking communication at the school, he said, all students were no longer allowed to watch TV on the pretext that it was examination time and that they must always be busy with their books.

On Monday, almost a month after the incident, she traveled back home to be with her family after finishing the exams, only to learn that her parents and siblings were no more.

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It was not until Saturday, November 16, when a wave of grief and deep sorrow rolled through relatives and mourners who had gathered for hours to receive Zambi and take her to the graveyards of her parents and three siblings.

At the same time, the Tanzanian government has pledged to support the bereaved teenager, saying that it would pay for her psychological rehabilitation and education.

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Invitation to the African Girls Hope Foundation Annual Gala happening this Saturday in Atlanta

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BY BEN KAROMO

African Girls Hope Foundation (AGHF) annual Gala is happening this Saturday at the Kenyan American Community Church in Marietta, Georgia, USA. AGHF  is a non-profit founded by Grace Faraja, a former refugee from the 1990s civil war that ravaged the DRC. She started the foundation to help educate girls in rural Congo caught in the ongoing civil unrest, poverty and disease.

As a former beneficiary of a full scholarship that changed her life, Grace believes providing an education to orphaned and less privileged girls can open a world of opportunities to them and help then end the cycle of poverty and early marriages.

This year, AGHF’s aim is to provide full-year scholarships to 120 girls at a cost of $29 per month per girl. We are seeking your help to raise funds to meet the overall goal of $34,000 for the year 2019-2020.

We ask you to help us meet this goal by donating on our website at https://africangirlshopefoundation.com/.

We prayerfully desire to support the education of 120 girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. With hope that God will open doors to other African countries in the near future. We have partnered with a local pastor running a school in the village of Mulenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Our partner has identified numerous girls in the village who are orphans of father and mother. Girls selected as AGHF beneficiaries are 65% of orphans of both parents.

Atlanta residents, please join us for our Annual Fundraising Gala dinner, to be held on November 9th at the Kenyan American Community Church KICC in Marietta, Georgia. Dinner and parking will be provided.

Below are some of the girls who need our help:

 

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