Address given to the Conference for Irish NGOs with projects in Kenya. 16 June 2010
Author: Fr. John K. Guiney, SJ representing the Irish Missionary Union- umbrella organization for 86 missionary organizations. Irish missionary personnel have been in Kenya for over a century and 200 of their members work in Kenya in 2010.
It is good to have this opportunity to speak with you as a hyphenated missionary - development and humanitarian worker who has been working in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region for the past number of years. My arrival there in 1979 melted into the history of Irish men and women who have gone to serve there for over a century. These men and women, lay volunteers and lay missionaries, sisters, priests and brothers made a real connection and impact on the lives of many Kenyans and had a huge influence on generations of volunteers and development workers in Ireland.