To empower national partners is key to development
In the year 2014, strengthening local Community Based Organisations (CBOs) as strong advocates for the least privileged in their community was the main focus for the team in Kenya. The drought that hit the nation especially the Eastern parts and more especially the Semi-Arid zones compelled IAS to intervene in both Tharaka South and North Sub- Counties of Tharaka Nithi County.
Building upon peace to strengthen the civil society was another focus for the team in the counties of Nakuru and Baringo. Today the civil society in these counties is able to lobby towards government which ensures strong common understanding. The Safety Net Food Basket for vulnerable households in urban slums of Kibera, Mukuru and Nakuru and remote rural areas in Makueni and Tharaka Counties, plus the fruit per day per child in Ntujia Primary School in Marimanti Tharaka is another added value the team saw coming to pass.
The highlight of the year 2014 for IAS Kenya Programme was the release of our colleagues who were abducted on 11th July 2012 near Galcayo, in Puntland, Somalia. Martin Mutisya Kioko, Janet Muthoni Kanga and Abdinoor Dabaso Boru (in the photo below) were released by their kidnappers near the city of Galcayo on the 5th June 2014 after a period of over 22 months. Altogether they spent 724 Days in captivity.