On 10 March 2020, at the Pangani Dispensary in Nairobi, a new wing of the facility was inaugurated. Along with the AICS office in Nairobi and GRT – Gruppo Relazioni Transculturali, the ceremony was attended by representatives of the County and Sub-County, and representatives of the partner organizations.
The “Boresha Maisha: alternatives of life for street children and underage refugees in Nairobi” project is co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (1.170.000,00 Euros) and is implemented by GRT – Gruppo Relazioni Transculturali with support of CCM – Comitato di Collaborazione Medica and US ACLI Torino. Thanks to its activities, the project is contributing to the improvement the psycho-physical well-being and social inclusion of vulnerable children, as well as fostering a better and accessible institutional and community welfare system in the Eastleigh and Mlango Kubwa slums.
The occasion was a moment to appreciate the results achieved thanks to the project partners, particularly the Starehe Sub-County and the local counterpart “REfuSHE Kenya“. As pointed out by Mr. Davide Bonechi – representing AICS Nairobi – “thanks to the infrastructural component of the Pangani dispensary, the project strongly contributes to improve the health-service provision in Starehe sub-county, making it accessible and adequate not only for vulnerable children but for the community as a whole“.
Thanks to the synergies between the different actors involved, and to the sound collaboration with local communities and authorities, the soft components of the project – in line with Kenya’s health policies – made possible to provide courses for community health volunteers in assisting street children and refugee minors, as well as raising awareness among local communities through sporting activities – thus promoting rehabilitation, inclusion and education through the creation of the “Youth Friendly Corner” for the psycho-social well-being of children.