Kenya

Kenya: Vp advises NGOS

Vice President Moody Awori has asked NGOs in the country to stick to the mission for which they were registered.
Mr. Awori said that it was sad that some NGOs had to be deregistered after contravening government regulations and their stated mission.

The Vice President however assured NGOs which had been deregistered that the country had machinery for reviewing their cases as long as they applied for reconsideration.

The Vice President made the remarks today at Al- Salah Multipurpose Centre in Garbatulla in Isiolo district where he laid the foundation stone for Sayyedah Fatima Girls Childrens Home.

The Ksh.10million project is sponsored by Islamic Foundation of Kenya in conjunction with Children Relief Fund and other donors.

The Vice President thanked the Islamic Foundation of Kenya for starting the project.

Mr. Awori urged the local community to discard retrogressive cultural practices that denied the girl child access to education and opportunities to exploit their potentials.

Observing that time had come for girls and boys to be accorded equal opportunities especially in education, Mr. Awori appealed to the residents who are nomadic to enroll their children in the available boarding schools and allow them to remain there when they migrate in search of pasture.

Mr. Awori also called on the youth to enroll in vocational centers in order to acquire skills which could enable them start income generating projects particularly in the informal sector.

Mr. Awori said the government was considering budgetary allocation towards parents who adopt and raise orphans.

He said already, a pilot project where such parents are given some money had been initiated in three districts in the country...2

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He expressed the government's appreciation of the contribution by religious organization towards development projects in the country and assured that it will continue to guarantee democratic space, including the freedom of worship.

On security the Vice President stressed the importance of peace in national development and urged the residents to uphold law and order.

He noted that the region had in the past witnessed cases of insecurity that led to death, and contributed to an increase in the number of orphans.

Area MP Abdul Bahari commended the Islamic Foundation for spearheading development projects especially in the marginalized areas of the country.

He appealed to other organizations to emulate it especially in the provision of clean water, health care and education.

Keesi/Lang'at VPPS