What has impressed me about Kenya’s efforts to reduce poverty ::
- First and foremost I would like to thank the Honorable President of Kenya Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta for re-launching the National Youth Service in Kenya. The National Youth Service aims at equipping the youth with skills and also providing internship opportunities for them hence gaining working experience. Together with the National Youth Service he organized a clean-up of informal settlements in Kibera Slum which aimed at improving sanitation, security and living conditions of the citizens living in Kibera.
- In order to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the country, the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta launched the ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’ on 24 January in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The new initiative also aims to accelerate the implementation of the national plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children.The ‘Beyond Zero campaign’ is part of the initiatives outlined in the Strategic Framework for the engagement of the First Lady in HIV control and promotion of maternal, newborn and child health in Kenya that was unveiled on World AIDS Day 2013. The framework aims to galvanize high-level leadership in ending new HIV infections among children and reducing HIV related deaths among women and children in Kenya.
- Devolution in Kenya. This new governing strategy seeks to bring government closer to the people, with county governments at the center of dispersing political power and economic resources to Kenyans at the grassroots. It aids in regional development and also reduces over-population in urban cities like Nairobi.
- And last but not least, their continuous efforts to fight terrorism in Kenya despite the may set-back.
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big –Theodore Roosevelt