Kenya

Kenya: Plan 2010-2011 (MAA64003)

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Executive summary

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is the leading humanitarian organization in the country responding to chronic and emergency humanitarian challenges of the most vulnerable sections of the population. As a National Society, KRCS faces the same challenges that every humanitarian worker seeks to surmount. The National Society has to appreciate the need to build a community managed risk mitigation and reduction strategy which is platform that appreciates that effective response to the humanitarian needs should be built upon the success of local efforts.

The KRCS priority areas of focus are disaster management, health and social services, organizational development, dissemination and public relations. The key focus is on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in a more comprehensive and integrated manner. These priority areas are based on the strategic plan 2006-2010 of the National Society. The disaster management programme will aim at achieving the following outcomes: increased capacity for mitigation and response to disasters by communities living in disaster prone areas; reduced road accidents on the targeted highways and increased capacity of KRCS and partners to undertake DM activities in partnership with communities and; improved food security situation of 1,320 target households in Madogo division of Tana River district.

KRCS will develop an integrated and strengthened community based health focussing on partnership, networking, advocacy, disease prevention, care and support. The NS will also seek to improve access to safe and affordable water and sanitation to communities in three divisions in Kajiado District. As part of organizational development, KRCS has embarked on a process called regionalization where it seeks to establish and strengthen regional and branch offices at local levels. Volunteer management is aimed at motivating volunteers, equipping them with skills and tools. A volunteer programme will be implemented and KRCS branches will have in place mechanisms for recruitment, training and coaching networks to achieve self-sustaining volunteer networks. The National Society has a youth policy; however its dissemination and implementation remains a challenge. Key interventions that would create visible benefits for the youth include dissemination and implementation of the policy. Establishment of stronger networks and partnerships within the youth programme will boost youth membership and also enhance the marketing and image of the KRCS to the public.

The total 2010-2011 budget is CHF 1,731,779 (USD 1,632,202 or EUR 1,141,242)