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Mathare residents will soon be sensitized on critical issues affecting them aimed at enhancing community resilience and enable them to actively participate in decision making processes.
The objective is part of a new project launched today courtesy of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and her development partner Christian Aid Kenya. Through the project dubbed “Adaptive and Inclusive Programming Project,” the residents will be empowered to understand existing systems and structures so as to map out specific opportunities with direct impact to their livelihoods.
The project however does not seek to upset existing political and social structures within Mathare but rather compliment them.
Speaking during the launch of that brought together political, religious and community leadership from Mathare, NCCK’s General Secretary Reverend Canon Peter Karanja pointed out that devolution and public participation was key to Kenya’s development. “Devolution and public participation is key to the development of Kenyans upto the grassroots areas through priority projects and prioritization of budgetary allocation according to needs raised. Jealously guard the provisions made in the constitution on public participation as leaders,” said Canon Karanja who was also joined by Jimmy Wetindi of Christian Aid.
The NCCK boss emphasized on the need to make Mathare peaceful and called on the community leadership to ensure that the region was not an arena for hate speech, emphasizing on the need to build community resilience against challenges. Canon Karanja said: “Removing politicians is always a big deal. We must therefore worry with the potential triggers always lurking in the country. A bulk of slum dwellers do not have an insurance, thus are devastated when issues arise and cause them to fall back economically.”
Canon Karanja was accompanied by his deputy Dr. Nelson Makanda, who called on Ward Administrators to engage closely with the Church. “Within the neighbourhood of Mathare, NCCK is putting up a 130 bed capacity maternity facility. This is a way of creating a supporting system for Mathare people. Let us seek to reach out to the community and engage them,” he said.
On their part, leaders present termed the project as timely. “It is a timely project in terms of improving access to health. There were initial brainstorming meetings with NCCK. Quality health care will be as a result of advocacy,” said Dr. Nyawira Nyaga.
“Public-private partnership will be key for the successful implementation of the project. The sub counties are new, and they are catching up,” said Selina Ongallo, Mathare Sub-county Administrator.
Others who spoke during the meeting included Member of County Assembly Andrew Macharia (Mlango Kubwa), Ward Administrators Chapia Chapia (Mabatini), Eston Kiai (Huruma), Sabina Ng’ang’a (Kenya Women of Faith Network), Grace Muthungu (NCCK’s Senior Programmes Officer in charge of Capacity Building for Membership), Phyllis Kamau (NCCK’s Regional Coordinator for Nairobi) Imelda Namai (Programmes Officer, Health) and Rev. Agola Otieno. Rev. Agola challenged leaders to focus on improving lives of the disadvantaged in society while in power.
Adaptive and Inclusive Programming Project will among other things contribute towards ensuring that existing structures and systems function optimally for, are inclusive and deliver impact for urban poor communities within areas of implementation.
The focus will mainly be through participatory approaches that amplify the voices of community members in planning. Management and review of health service delivery through functional health facility management committees.
Communities will also be engaged on capacity building process with a view of enhancing their capacity to anticipate, organize and adapt change. Towards this end, focus will be on Early Warning and Early Action Systems, Social Protection Mechanism and Community led Resilient and Disaster Risk Sensitive Planning.