Everyone can make a difference. Every action counts. These two statements have been synonymous with 2020 as we grapple with the Covid 19 pandemic but the latter statement has also been adopted by the United Nations as the theme of the 2020 World Refugee Day. Celebrated on the 20th day of June every year, the World Refugee Day seeks to acknowledge, protect and provide assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities
Closer home, Kenya hosts one of the largest refugee population in the world and given the challenges compounded by the Covid 19 pandemic, various partners have stepped up to relieve the pains of this community. Rotary Clubs in District 9212 (Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan) committed to donating supplies to the Kakuma and Kolobeyei Refugee Camps through the Kenya Red Cross Society.
With a cumulative population of over 200,000, the residents who are already exposed to daily challenges are having to adopt to Covid 19 related realities and the hand washing equipment delivered by Rotary via Red Cross will go a long way in managing this concerns. Speaking at the handover Ceremony held at the Red Cross office, Dr. Joe Kamau, Chairman of the Rotary District 9212 Emergency Response Initiative stressed the need to double efforts to the needy in our community as 2020 has proved to be a totally unique year.
Adding her voice, Dr Ojiambo from The Rotary Club who also doubles the Rotary liaison at NBCC said, “With increased restrictions, fear of the pandemic, loss of income among other challenges, the refugee community need to be embraced and today a most timely addressing the health of thousands has been delivered to the Red Cross to keep this community safe”. Her sentiments were shared by her Kenya Red Cross Society Counterpart Dr. Asha Mohammed terming Rotary’s support as timely and critical to the people in Kakuma and Kolobeyei.
The equipment donated will be stationed in high traffic areas including clinics, feeding stations, police stations and administrative centers.
Rotary Kenya and Kenya Red Cross Society are partners of NBCC coalition. This event reinforced the efforts of the mandate of the coalition to reach some vulnerable groups whilst combating the spread of the Covid-19.