Programme purpose: To provide assistance to vulnerable communities at the same time strengthened capacities to effectively and efficiently deliver quality services as well as actively promoting respect for diversity and human dignity, while reducing intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion in their programming.
In 2009, the Red Cross Societies of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda responded to diverse humanitarian challenges, party supported by local and international support in cash and kind towards the 2009-2010 plan. Disaster response and management programmes took prominence. It will be noted that donor response to the 2009-2010 appeal during the year was quite low with only 35 person of the projected income being received and with some of the programmes only receiving the funding at the beginning of the second quarter of 2009. The communications programmes in all five countries, Disaster Management programmes in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania as well as the Health and Care programmes in Rwanda and Uganda did not received funding appealed for during the year.
Despite of the funding being low, National Societies (NS) embarked on programme activities implementation earnestly subsidising the programme costs from own resources, while receiving technical support from the IFRC East Africa Regional Office (EARO) technical departments in programme planning, monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting. The five National Societies successfully implemented the Lake Victoria Programme supported by Swedish Red Cross, with technical support being coordinated from the sub zone office.