COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND PROVISION OF PREVENTIVE EQUIPMENT AGAINST COVID-19 FOR KIBERA COMMUNITY

COVID-19 APPEAL TO PARTNER ORGANIZATION

 

 

The Nubian Rights forum has been dedicated to advocating for the rights of minority groups in the country. Our physical location in Kibera allows us to see first-hand the living conditions of slum dwellers in the vicinity. Kibera is home to at least 300,000 people and is one of the most congested slums in the country. The residents of the slum do not have adequate access to basic needs such as water, there is no proper sanitation, and a majority of the labourers are casual labourers and depend on their daily earnings to put a meal on their tables. The level of awareness in the community concerning the global pandemic- COVID-19, which is currently affecting the country, is low and there are a lot of myths being spread especially about how black people are immune to the virus. In recent observations, there is minimal social distancing and the living conditions in the area do not allow for practical social distancing because of congestion.

While developed countries may be ready for a lockdown, the Nubian Rights Forum observes that a majority of towns in developing areas are not capable of sustainable living under lockdown. Settlers in the Kibera community work in the Juakali Industry and therefore, they rely on their daily earnings to make a living. Current happenings on the NEWS show that the settlers prefer to risk getting infected by the virus and continue working instead of staying home with no food or means to earn. Kibera, if hit with a lock down, will witness a challenge access to basic needs including; proper sanitation, adequate food and access to social amenities such as hospitals. It is also an observation that while awareness may increase the knowledge of the community on the virus and in turn motivate them to observe safety, the economic inhibitions in the slums may make it impossible for the community to adequately provide for their basic needs. We request that anyone willing to provide relief in the near future depending on the turn of events, do so.

We as the Nubian Rights Forum believe that small acts of humanity will go a long way in ensuring the community members are protected from the virus. This particular appeal is for purposes of hygiene items that can help keep the spread of the virus in check. These small acts will involve awareness creation on COVID-19, practical dos and don’ts and provision of preventive gears such as sanitizers and masks.

With the above submissions, we as the Nubian Right Forum believe that it would be prudent to try and ensure the community is well educated and adequately prepared for the pandemic in case it is not contained in time. We would like to invite our partners and other organizations that share this plight, to come together, and try aid in the preparedness of the community to handle the spread of the virus in their different capacities.

In line with this, we would like to welcome any group that can contribute to the objectives listed below to reach out and work together to save the Kibera community.

  • sensitize the community on COVID-19
  • Supply the community in kind with items such as water buckets and water tanks, sanitizers, tissue papers, soaps, gloves masks and handkerchiefs
  • Supply the community with menstrual hygiene equipment and any other in kind donations.

 

FEBRUARY IN A GLANCE

The Nubian Rights Forum is a community based organization based in Makina in Kibera. Our organization deals with matters citizenship and Sexual Gender Based Violence in the community. We are engaged in multiple programs including creating awareness on the Huduma Bill and Huduma Number and accelerating justice for SGBV victims and survivors. Our work is dynamic and diverse in a manner that favors the community, creates an understanding on the topics of discussion and leaves a sustainable impact that can act as a drive for change.

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Below are some of the events we held in our February calendar:

PRESS RELEASE

On 30th January, the high court released a ruling on the Huduma Namba- National Integrated Management System NIIMS case. The High court judged that the government should stop implementation of NIIMS until an appropriate and comprehensive regulatory framework on the implementation of NIIMS that is compliant with the applicable constitutional requirements identified in the judgement is first enacted.

On 19th February 2020, we held a press conference at our offices in Kibera, to release a statement in response to the judgement ruling made on 30th January. We filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal to ask the court through an urgent application to stay the implementation of any aspects of the Huduma Namba based on the design developed or proposed by the Kenyan government based on grounds of the initial press statement released by the government that expressed it did not intend to comply with the high court orders. It also appealed because of the need for the government to ensure inclusive procedures that will not discriminate some ethnic groups who do not have necessary.

We also questioned the aspect of data privacy because initially, during the process of registration, no clear regulations were in place that would assure citizens of the safety of their data. The aspect of data access by unauthorized third parties had not been discussed. There were unclear procedures that would be followed to ensure data would be safely kept and used only for the right reasons. As an organization we felt there was need for the aspect of data privacy to be critically engaged, regulations put in place and tested safety measures to be put in place before the process proceeds.

COMMUNITY FORUMS

We have had continuous community forums across the month in Wajir, Garissa, Malindi, and Nairobi. In our community forums, we have been engaging the community on matters citizenship; where we addressed the concept of Huduma Number, the process of registration, and tried to find out the level of knowledge about huduma number amongst the attendees. The objective of the community forums was to create awareness on the huduma bill and huduma namba amongst community members and get their views on the process.

Other concepts we have addressed in the community forums include SGBV in the community. There was a noticeable trend in rampant SGBV cases with most perpetrators being well known people in the community while most survivors were children. This caused for need for an attention to be given to making sure children get access to justice especially in the community where such crimes go unpunished for fear of shame and stigmatization. We are supporting CREAW, SHOFCO, Plan International, Kibera South Medical Center, National Gender and Equality commission to ensure justice is served in the community.

COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING

Social media is drastically becoming one of the most employed means of communication amongst various public. There is evidence-based significance of social media in engaging stakeholders, passing information and advocating for change. On 25th February, we began an engagement with youth in the community on how to effectively use social media to communicate, be informed and share accurate information on issues of interest in the community. The youth involved were eager to continue learning and be social media champions for the community. We will continue engaging them in effectively using  Social Media to amplify the messages being championed in the community.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

The Nubian Community attended the public participation forum held at Kenyatta International Conference Center on 26th and 27th February 2020 to discuss the registrations of persons’ regulations and the civil registration regulations. The community amongst other members from different communities were able to present their views and recommendations to the Huduma Namba secretariat

ENGAGEMENT WITH STUDENT LEADERS

The highlight of the month was the forum with student leaders where we presented our views on Huduma number and got responses from them on their views on Huduma Number. The forum was held on 28th February 2020, and witnessed an attendance from at least five universities with student  representatives coming from; USIU, Mount Kenya university, JKUAT, Daystar, Kenya School of Law, Multi Media University, Riara University and Pioneer International University. The meeting revealed there is a lot of information and knowledge lying within our educational institutions that can be employed to educate the greater majority of youth in grass root areas on the regulations around the registration of persons. Students were enthusiastic about the conversation and promised to come on board if called in for engagement with the community.

Also

Find attached a link on a write up shared by fox glove on their insights about our work.  https://www.foxglove.org.uk/news/inspiration-from-kenya-the-nubian-rights-forum