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



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. 


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.

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Remains of victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash flown home



The remains of thirty-two Kenyans who perished in the tragic Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crash on March 10, 2019, have been flown to Nairobi today.

An Ethiopian Airline plane carrying the fragments of the deceased landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday morning.

The remains arrived in specialised caskets and a brief function was held after arrival. Only close family members are to be given the caskets bearing the fragments.

The bodies were severely damaged beyond recognition prompting Ethiopian Airlines to consider DNA analysis to identify their remains.The 32 victims are among 157 people who were killed in the plane crash at Bishoftu town, shortly after taking off to Nairobi.

It is after the International Police through its Incident Response Team revealed on September 12, 2019, that it had successfully identified the 157 passengers who boarded the plane.The team declared the exercise a success saying “six months on after the plane crash, every single victim has been successfully identified.”

Family members of the victims of the Ethiopian Plane crash that killed 157 people from different nationalities visited the crash site to give their last respect and prayers to their departed one at Tulu Fera in Ejera. [ Maxwell Agwanda, Standard]

“The INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) deployed following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane in March has completed its task, assisting with the successful identification of all victims of the deadly disaster,” the Interpol noted on its website.It noted that the identification exercise was prompted by a request from the airlines’ company.

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It stated: “At the request of the Ethiopian authorities, two days after the accident INTERPOL sent an IRT to assist with the operation. The team’s role was to coordinate the international police disaster victim identification (DVI) response and coordinating the antemortem data supplied by member countries.

”Interpol further revealed that the process was aided by a team of 100 DVI experts drawn from 14 countries in Africa, Europe and America. The exercise took 50 days.

Fingerprints and DNA samples were extracted from 48 people, Interpol noted.Also in September, the US-based Boeing planes manufacturer had announced that it had set aside USD2 billion as Financial Assistance Fund for assisting families of victims of the plane crash, which involves the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 nosedived just six minutes after leaving Bole International Airport to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport killing all on board.In the incident, Kenya was the worst-hit country losing 32 victims in the crash.

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Ethiopia plane crash victims to be buried Thursday



Families who lost loved ones in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10, 2019 will begin receiving their remains on Monday for burial, the Nation has learnt.

The Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-302 crashed in Bishoftu, a few minutes after take-off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

On Sunday, the family of John Quindos Karanja, who lost five relatives, told the Nation that they will be ferrying the remains ahead of burial on Thursday.

“We thank all Kenyans for the overwhelming emotional, spiritual and financial support towards our family. On Monday we shall be ferrying the remains of our loved ones after they were successfully identified. We plan to have the burial on Thursday, October 17,” said Mr Karanja.

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) announced in September that it had positively identified all the 149 passengers and eight crew who died in the crash.

Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the organisation had to rely on accurate DNA sampling from close blood relatives of the victims to make correct identification, which took the group six months.

The Nakuru family’s five members, among them Mr Karanja’s wife Ann Wangui Karanja, daughter Caroline Quinns Karanja and three grandchildren Ryan Njoroge (7), Kellie Wanjiku (5) and Rubi Wangui (9 months) perished in the plane crash.

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The family from Kwa Amos village in Kabatini, Bahati in Nakuru County intended to slaughter three goats to celebrate the return.

Mr Karanja’s wife was to bring home her grandchildren who had been living in Canada when the tragedy struck.

A relative of another family from Kipkelion that lost their son – Cosmas Kipng’etich Rogony – also confirmed some members had travelled to Ethiopia to pick his remains.

“The family of the late Rogony travelled and are expected back this week,” said the relative.

Mr Rogony, who until his death was an employee of General Electric’s healthcare division, left behind a one-year-old daughter and a 27-year-old widow Miriam Wanja.

He hailed from Saoset village in Kipkelion West Sub-County.

In March, the families held prayers for their departed relatives but there were no caskets or bodies.


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Ethiopian Airlines jet makes emergency landing



An Ethiopian Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Dakar with one of its engines on fire, though all 90 passengers and crew were unharmed, airport and airline officials said.

The Boeing 767 aircraft had just taken off from Dakar airport en route to Addis Ababa when the pilot asked to return and make an emergency landing, Tidiane Tamba, a spokesperson for the Senegal airport said.

Ethiopian Airlines confirmed one of its jets had suffered a “mechanical problem” and had safely returned to its point of departure, without giving more details on the cause.

The airline said all those onboard were safe.

The Dakar incident came after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed in March shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard.


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