Past Events

Dandora is faced with so many challenges which include; crippling poverty, unemployment, disease, drugs and substance abuse, violent crimes and proximity to the dumpsite.

Due to Covid-19 things have continually become unbearable as many companies have shut, the government directive of 7pm to 5 am curfew and restriction of movement in and out of Nairobi has worsened the situation. As many companies have shut, most informal jobs like salons, washing clothes and masonry are no where in the picture as these are what most of the people living in Dandora Gifarage Slums depend on. Things have taken another toll as most food prices have gone up.

 

On Sunday, 26th April 2020, there was ray of hope as Pankaj Donated food and COTA Kenya distributed it in the houses.

The pack included; 2 packets of 2kg Maize flour, 1 packet of 2 kg wheat flour, 1 kg sugar, 1 kg rice, 500grams cooking fat, bathing soap, 200grams salt, 4 kg beans, a packet of sanitary towels, 2 face masks and sweets.

The distribution included delivering the food packs to the door steps of the most need, who included the elderly, people with disability, orphans and other vulnerable people in the community.

Other beneficiaries included Dandora boxing members and their families.

The other method we used to distribute food was having the beneficiaries in an open field, at least one meter apart.

 

The residents were filled with joy and rekindled hope as most of them did not have an idea where the next meal would come from.

Kennedy Rueben, COTA Kenya Secretary Thanked The Volunteers, including Mswaki, AKA MC Toothbrush in absentia, who had been at the ground helping with the mapping of the area and Team Pankaj for the donations, he also called upon other partners to donate even if it is 500grams of maize flour as the situation at Dandora Gifarage which is adjacent to the dumping site is at dire needs of help.

 

The you tube link of how it went down is here, remember to subscribe: https://youtu.be/lT1eBuBRgyQ

 

More donations will take place weekly.

19 Apr, 2020

Sports for reducing school drop outs and having a responsible society.

Saturday 31st October 2015 COTA decided to have its second edition of back to school Match at Dandora Stadium with the objective of reducing school drop outs and having a responsible society.

The rate of kids dropping out of school has been high, most of who drop from class seven and eight while others finish their class eight exams as they get married or recruited in crime.

Most girls also avoid school when experiencing their Menstruation Flow.

From the records 60% of crime in Dandora is committed by young people of the age of 15-17.

By the age of 21 the young people become hard core criminals, without schooling and languishing in abject poverty.

Parenting/lack of mentorship has been the major problem.

Giving an introduction, CPA Jobiese thanked all the six community schools, 200 students, 50 parents and guardians for attending reminding them of their objectives which included: To support children’s education, to encourage Children’s talents and to emphasize to the parents/guardians on their leading role to children, hence a responsible society.

Activities included: soccer match, give books to the children, and pads to the girls, give a talk on parenting and capacity building on drugs and substance abuse

Target Group was 13 and 15 years old; from class eight to form four who are from harsh and humble backgrounds.

The Schools were in a team of 9 playing on 7 aside for 15minutes on knock out stages.

Each having 1 person as the coach/team instructor. This signified that the young adults were responsible for their lives and their peers’, if they do not instruct the rest well, they all lose.

Later there were refreshments then winners were given books and gifts, which had been donated by Safaricom while all the players will be given books and girls will be given Sanitary towels.

Later, there was a forum on right parenting by Elly Ajowi, and why they need to take leading role even in their busy schedule to oversee what their children do. Topics he discussed included; Children rights (early marriages), FGM, crime, drugs and substance abuse and good parenting.

Elly Ajowi later thanked Kenafric Industries, Safaricom, NACADA, for coming through with donations and making the event a success.

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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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