RI President: Receiving a goat in Kenya

RI President Sakuji Tanaka receives a goat as a gift during his visit in Kenya.

By Sakuji Tanaka, in English and Japanese

While I was in Africa recently, I traveled through eight countries and nine cities, meeting people and projects along the way. What I saw amazed me.

For example, I met Rotarians who had an impressive ability to identify the needs of orphaned children. They were using grants from The Rotary Foundation to help support a dairy farm in Kenya.

I also enjoyed visiting a large water project in a Masai village, where water was being pumped with the help of gravity over hills to reach villages four kilometers away! Three districts in Japan and District 5340 (California, USA) support the project. It was gratifying to see this work in action.

The unexpected sometimes happens on trips. During the trip, I was given a goat after being made a Masai elder! In case you are wondering, I didn’t bring the goat back with me to my office at Rotary World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. I didn’t think it was a good idea to bring it back to the United States in my luggage! The villagers promised to care for the goat in my absence.

Read more about RI President Tanaka and watch a profile.







4 thoughts on “RI President: Receiving a goat in Kenya

  1. Water is now a necessity. Even here in the United States, clamor for water is everywhere. The other week in the daily news, USA TODAY, it said that almost one-half of the entire USA is short of water. If we do not conserve now, ten years would be too far. We shall experience drought in this part of the world.


  2. Pingback: Nuevo mensaje de “Voces de Rotary”… « Rotary Club de Lleida

  3. Nigerians are very much concern about well being of their visitors and ensure that their visitors go with what they have….


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