Nairobi: Friday 27th October,2023
The Nairobi City County Social Services sub-sector has concluded a one-day capacity building for staff members working in the department. The team was trained on inclusion of Refugees in their programs. This is part of a signed MOU between International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Nairobi County (Youth and Sports subsector) on jointly implementing the REBUILD program; that focuses on improving livelihoods. The capacity building and sensitization of staff was conducted by the sub- sector in collaboration with International Rescue Committee (IRC).
The Director Social Services Shem Ombura said “That this training will address and focus on emerging issues facing integration of urban refugees within the host communities. First is the imperative to create conditions for safe and dignified return of the displaced to the countries or communities of origin. This include prioritizing the root causes of forced displacement, as well as the recovery and reconstruction. Everybody is potentially a refugee, look at Ukraine and Russia, a few days before the war started these were normal people leading normal lives until war changed their respective status.”
Deputy Director Children and family welfare Mr. Robert Muema Said “Together we can create a society that celebrates our diversity, support their dreams and amplifies voices” I am encouraging you to work diligently to serve, as service to humanity is service to God. I appreciate the organizing team for the job well done to make the event successful, this would not have succeeded without the team’s Devotion and commitment. I also thank the team led by the Assistant Director Rosemary Kibathi.
Said Ms. Rosemary Kibathi , The Social Services Joint Implementation Team (JIT) focal person and Assistant Director Children Services “Services and programs in the sub sector Services are designed to cater for the diverse needs of Nairobi Urban population and improve livelihoods. These wide range of services and programs namely; children services, community development and family & Social welfare are aimed at addressing various challenges and enhancing the overall social fabric of the city. inclusion of refugees in our work is prudent as they form part of the urban population.”
Present at the training were Fred Ogutu Assistant Director Family Welfare and Assistant Director Community Development Christine Ogondo, Terry Njeru Legal and representatives from IRC who sponsored the training.