Past Events

On the 1st of January 2018, all roads led to Dandora Gitare marigu area, to celebrate Xmas with the less fortunate in the community.

Activities included; Cooking Chapatis, Beans, serving, Donating Clothes and speaking to the kids whose families never know the meaning of Christmas.(never enjoy Christmas)

What caught our attention is the leading role of the youths and community who donated the Sufurias, Tables, jikos and also volunteered to cook and serve.

People that benefited were 300 and everyone rejoiced. From Gitare Marigu, Sashamane, dumpsite and Baghdad.

Our mission for making one child smile was accomplished, as we made 300 smile when they received clothes and food!

Mr. Oure, a youth leader and boxer in the community team, thanked Cota for coming through and asked that we should always consider this area from time to time, he also thanked the donors for the clothes and for coming to Dandora assuring them that the youth have reformed and are now responsible, hence they should continually feel welcomed to visit anytime.

CPA. Jobiese Richard, also thanked the youths for donating the tools for cooking, serving and cooperating to make the process peaceful and successful.

Special thanks to Friends of COTA and members contribution to make the event a success.

19 Apr, 2020

A visit to Mugabe Were’s Children’s home

There can never be sustainable development if orphans are not taken good care and none minds their welfare, to create the culture of giving back to those we feel really need the most.

That was the main reason for Saturday 17th October 2015 visit to Villa Teag Mondoazurro, a children’s home that was founded in 2003 by the Late Hon. Mugabe Were, Member of Parliament Embakasi.

Located in Dandora phase 5, opposite Phase 5 Administration Police Camp.

The reason why he set it up was to cater for the orphans who dropped out of school due to HIV/AIDS prevalence. Hence the young kids used to go and scavenge for food at the dumpsite. The environment was also a threat to the orphans for the innocent kids were exposed to drugs and substance abuse, crime, violence, early pregnancies/early marriages and the reality of primitive abortion by quacks.

 The director works together with 6 more volunteers, 2 of the volunteers have been brought up in the children’s home, 3 more are currently working after being brought up in the children’s home hence they also help in sorting some bills.

Currently there are 34 children in the children’s home from primary, secondary schools. 2 male doing business management and CPA and 2 female doing vocational courses, hairdressing and tailoring

Once they complete their studies they are required to integrate with the community and also give back to the children’s home in any way they can.

Activities included; Speeches to inspire the orphans, cleaning the area, wash utensils, cook, play with them then have a forum, where we will talk to them and inspire them. We will talk of subjects like, drugs and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, share stories of great men like Safaricom CEO Bob Colymore, who used to wash toilets as a youth etc

We had games, Donation of Food stuffs; maize flour, rice, oil, Tissues, pads, Mosquito Nets , Clothes, shoes, slippers, Books

We were joined by Mr. Silas Michael Manager Cooperative Bank. Special thanks to Kenafric Industries, Local traders and Dandora Community for their donations.

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29 Apr, 2020

350 street families and Kids enjoy Christmas at Mathare Slums

For the 3rd year in a row street families and children had the best of life and wonderful time to celebrate Xmas at Mathare Kosovo Area on the 25th December 2019.

Activities included; Cooking and eating the Chapatis, Beans and rice and drinking the juice and biscuits.

There was also Distribution of clothes received from friends and partners of Cota Kenya.

Ms. Ratcliff, a nurse by profession, who was in the country the previous day, was so delighted having participated in cooking the Chapatis besides donations, a new art she leaned of cooking chapatis!

The street families had a great time competing in dances, songs and airing out their views and asked to be included in other social engagements.

The total number of kids were 250 while adults were 100!

The MC of the Day was Hon. Happy Alphonce, who was a partner and gave inspirations to the street families besides giving donations.

Mr. Elly Ajowi, Cota Director and Co-founder, asked the street families to aid in information about crime and thanked the street families for attending.

The Chairman CPA. Jobiese Richard thanked Hon. Osewe, Hon. Rioba, Mr. Chris, Chief Inspector. Mutua, Mathare Police Deport, Hon. Julius Mangoma, Police officers and their families living in Mathare Police Deport among others who selflessly dedicated their energy to seeing the Christmas celebration successful.

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18 Apr, 2020

Safisha Mtaa, Safisha Akili Project; First Edition: Tackling Youth Radicalization And Violent Extremism

The first Edition 1: 

The cleanup took place on the 2nd of September 2015,  it was flagged of by the Chief on behalf of the District Officer.

With the objective of reducing violent crime and discouraging irresponsible dumping of waste

There were 125 people, with speeches from the Youth leaders, Area ward manager, Chief then were all divided ourselves into three groups.

Areas cleaned included; the stretch from the John Osogo road to the Catholic Stage, 41social hall to the catholic stage and from the junction at the Mti moja through awendo to the catholic stage.

The area cleaned involved, unblocking trenches, cleaning the roads, piling the garbage together and putting them in a sack, then the lorries from the Nairobi City County and the one from National Youth Service collected the garbage. The areas were marked and the house holds given plastic bags and tools so that the cleanup could be maintained, and youths empowered to collect garbage at a fee.

The area chief asked youths to collaborate with the local administration, community to desist from crime as they now had no excuse because they were given tools and capital to engage in collecting garbage from houses at a small fee.

The achievements realized included; Youth groups from different gangs worked together for they were mixed up with the others, and community confidence was upheld, the County Council got a chance to link up with the youths and will now work together in future cleanups, even if they have not been organized by COTA, the shops around the trenches now have youths to reach on issues to do with cleanups.

Safisha mtaa project, is a COTA initiative to create environment awareness among the community and unite the youths who have been divided along gang, tribal and idle groups, to be responsible and be positive change agents. 

TACKLING YOUTH RADICALIZATION AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM

The seminar took place on the 4th of September 2015 at Dandora social hall. COTA invited different facilitators including: The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Sheikh Hassan Kilele and Sheikh Ibrahim and Youth fund.

Participants were 200 youths

The first Session was Effects of Drugs and substance abuse by Mr. Jacob, Programs Officer from NACADA. He explicitly talked about drugs and substance abuse. Others were also happy to know of the facts associated with the drugs, apart from the drug abuse suppressing the nervous system and hallucinations many other thing were learnt in the forum Example: bang does not stay in the human brain for seven years but for a lifetime, causes infertility, shrinking of the penis and continuous urinating without breaks. Other results are overworking and over eating. Miraa cause infertility. Wines are alcoholic, lead to impotence, many thought that ‘shisha’ is just a flavor for fun, but the facts are that one puff of ‘shisha’ is equivalent to 10 sticks of cigarettes. Tobacco causes respiratory complications, and lung cancer.

50 people made up their mind to stop abusing drugs including five women who made up their mind to stop chewing miraa.

Hence, they were given the toll-free number to call in case of anything 1192 or have difficulty in stopping the vice.

 

The second session was Youth radicalization and violent extremism by Sheikh Hassan Kilele and Sheikh Ibrahim.

They answered participants questions and ironed out the misconceptions.

Radicalization is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt extreme political, social or religious ideals that rejects freedom of choice. It is mans’ thoughts and not anything that the Muslim faith teaches. It is any philosophy that goes opposite or promotes violent extremism

It was noted that there have been instances in Dandora of youths and young generation getting lost while others radicalized because they are greedy for money, fame and power. Hence, given false information like they are promised money once they join and complete the activity, and the young girls are told that they will be married off to wealthy men. Other reasons are; idleness, unemployment and for fun.

The sheikhs defined ‘JIHAD’ as to defend one self and it resulted in the time when the Muslims were being oppressed, hence they protected themselves. Muslims have been given a leakage to kill provided it is within their laws. Example is when a woman is found guilty of adultery. Violent extremisms of the youth in stabbing each other because of reasons like women, robbery, and fun is not allowed by the Quran. One later asked the Sheikhs why they watched when youths in Dandora are transported to Somalia, the Sheikhs said that those Sheikhs who were involved were arrested and right action was taken.

The way forward was: Organize a match between the Muslims and the public, Invite more partners on board e.g. the Catholic nuns and priest and Christians to read the Quran and Muslims to read the Bible.

 

The Third Session was How To access loans by Kennedy and Mary from Youth fund.

Role of Youth Enterprise Development Fund is to empower youths financially. The loan is interest free, only 5% maintenance fee is deducted and a grace period granted is three months and the loans are payable within 12 months. To get the loan a group must attach registration certificate, their ID photocopies and a duly filled application form.

The awareness from the youth fund was a success because 52 people expressed interest in applying for the loans, the list was given to Youth fund officer and a copy remained with COTA who will now work together to see that all those people get the loans and will be present at the next forum to share with the participants who will be present.

Special thanks to Global Communities, Kenafric Industries, National Youth Service, Nairobi City County, Clusa Kenya, Onward Kenya, Good Neighbors Kenya, KENWA, Tadeci Network, NACADA, Youth Fund, Women Enterprise Fund, NHIF, IEBC, Dandora Catholic Parish, Dandora phase 5 mosque, Hon Margaret Wanjiru, former Assistant Minister for Housing and Development, Youth groups, Women chamas and the Dandora community.

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