Thursday, May 24, 2018

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a) Disability Programme

It is estimated that persons with disabilities in Kenya are 3.5m though a conservative figure owing to the WHO estimates of 10 – 15 % in every given population consists of Persons with Disabilities. The gender composition of persons with disabilities is 647,689 males and 682,623 females. Majority of these persons with disabilities live in the rural areas.

Disability work in Kenya is guided by the National Policy on Persons with Disabilities, PWDs Act 2003, Constitutional provisions article 54, the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities among other instruments.

Functions of the Disability programme

i. Development and Implementation of policies on disability

ii. Participating in legislations for PWDs

iii. Disability mainstreaming which is a Vision 2030 flagship project

iv. Awareness creation on PWDs

v. Vocational Skills training for PWDs

vi. Supporting the activities of the NCPWDs

vii. Research

viii. Promoting Partnerships

ix. Fundraising to supplement government budget

b) Volunteerism

Salient Features of the National Volunteerism Policy

The overall objective of the policy is to provide guidelines on efficient and effective coordination, management and sustenance of volunteerism in Kenya. It seeks to promote and guide the development of a strong volunteer sector in order to optimize its contributions to peace and national development.

In order to promote volunteerism in the country, the government with other stakeholders shall use the following strategic interventions for the promotion of volunteerism and implementation of the policy.

i. Develop an Act of Parliament on volunteerism

ii. Establish the National Volunteer Secretariat and Board

iii. Conduct surveys / research on volunteerism contribution to the country’s development goals including to the GDP and centralize data management.

iv. Support (Volunteer Involving Organization)VIOs and Ministries, Departments and agencies(MDAs) that significantly contribute to national development

v. Develop an acceptable volunteerism curriculum for basic and higher education and programs for the family unit to inculcate volunteer values

vi. Mainstream volunteerism within MDAs, County Governments and private sector

vii. Develop and implement programs for national, regional and international volunteer programs for Kenyan professionals

viii. Lobby regional and international political bodies to recognize Kenyan regional and international volunteers

ix. Observe every year the National Volunteer week (NVW) preceding the International Volunteer day (IVD) every 5th of December.

Achievements

i. Developed the National Volunteerism Policy which approved for implementation by the cabinet on 18th February 2016

ii. Developed the volunteer guidelines that are due for gazettement

iii. Established a National Volunteerism secretariat that will provide for coordination and regulatory structures in the volunteerism field

iv. Finalizing on the Establishment of the volunteerism advisory Board to advise the Ministry on strategies that will promote volunteerism in Kenya

v. In the process of developing an Act of Parliament on Volunteerism, Draft bill is already in place awaiting public participation

vi. Development of the Volunteerism portal in the Kenya Labour Market Information System( KLMIS) that links both volunteers and Volunteer involving Organizations.

vii. Initiated the process of conducting a survey to establishing the contribution of contribution of volunteerism to national development goals including to the GDP.