Ghetto Stories

By Bonkers Beat

Whether you’re a parent or you work with children, we all want the best outcomes for children. We want to see these young people flourish and reach their full potential.

Of course there are countless factors to consider in children’s lives, but today we’re going to explore one particularly powerful element that can have an impact.

What is empowerment?

The Oxford Dictionary defines empowerment as “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights”.

To empower children is to guide them to feel valued, capable and to realise they play the role of creator in their own lives and futures.

It doesn’t mean children should have a say over everything – of course, children must still learn to work within rules and guidelines set by authorities, teachers, parents and so on.

What we do want it for young people to make informed choices for themselves, identify and take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Children should be given the opportunity to engage with the world around them in a meaningful way.

Why we should empower children

1. Grow confidence and self-esteem

Confidence and self-esteem enables children to feel happy and comfortable with who they are, as well as try new things. They are more likely to manage their own behaviour.

2. Encourage independence

Allowing children to have a say in their lives and make choices that affect them helps them to be independent.

3. Build resilience

Empowerment is a key factor in building resilience, which enables children to bounce back from whatever life throws their way.

4. Develop self-respect

When children understand that they are powerful creators in their own worlds, they develop a sense of self-respect. Self-respect enables children to better respect and value others.

5. Make them better learners

A confident, independent child has the best chance of being an effective learner and shaping a fantastic future for themselves.

How to empower children

  1. Give children responsibilities
  2. Celebrate accomplishments
  3. Involve children in family and classroom decisions
  4. Lead by example
  5. Support and guide children on their journey
05 May, 2020

COVID 19: Transmission

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CORINA VIRUS: Transmission

  1. is mostly via droplets emitted from an infected person over a short distance, such as when a person coughs or sneezes. If this droplet come into contact with the eyes, nose or mouth of an individual directly or indirectly through hands that have come into contact with these droplets the individual my become affected.
  2. is through surface contact; when a person sneezes or coughs, the droplets fall onto the surface of tables and chairs and the virus may remain alive for up to a few days. When someone else touches the surfaces of these tables and chairs the virus can be transferred to his hands and if he then rubs his eyes or nose without washing his hands, he may become affected.

For corona virus, the person is most infectious when he is displaying symptoms

Effective way to protect ourselves is to practise good personal hygiene, by regularly washing our hands with soap and running water and avoid touching our face.

Putting on masks when we are well offer no protection but increase our chances of infection because we constantly adjust it hence touching our faces.

Mask is needed when we are unwell, need to go out and protect others in public. Otherwise, rest and recover at home as far as possible.

Compiled by COTA Kenya

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27 Apr, 2020

Investing in Kenya

By Peninah Owila,

With the city that never sleeps, Nairobi, as the financial center of the country’s vibrant market, Kenya is one of the most attractive places to invest in. The country has a market-based economy with major industries such as forestry, fishing, mining, tourism, energy, financial services, and agriculture. Recording gross domestic produce of $ 99.246 billion as of 2019, the country is ranked as 62nd amongst the world’s largest economies. In East and Central Africa, it’s the leading with a per capita GDP of $ 2,010. The country also has liberalized external trade systems making it investment-friendly.

Foreign direct investments in Kenya are not so much regulated except for where state corporations have to maintain their monopoly. This includes areas such as firearms, currency printing and port infrastructure. The government has set up agencies that are mandated with the responsibility of promoting and assisting foreign investments. They include

  • The Kenya Investment Authority which assist foreign investors in settling their businesses.
  • Export Processing Zones Authority to issue licenses to companies that want to create EPZs.
  • Kenya Revenue Authority which collects revenue on behalf of the government.
  • Kenya Industrial Property Institute which is in charge of administering intellectual property
  • The ministry of mining which issues licensed to potential mining companies.

On the legal documents, one must have to invest in Kenya, the following are included.

  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Investment certificate
  • Operating agreement
  • Patent/copyright registration
  • Insurance policy
  • Non-disclosure agreement
  • Business plan and
  • Business license

The Kenya Investment Authority is only allowed to issue the investment certificate to a potential investor who is willing to stake $ 100,000. The proposed investment plan should be well defined by the investor to provide a clear outline of how the investment is set to benefit the locals. This is with regard to increasing tax generation, job creation for the country’s citizens, improving their technology, and skill development.

The organization mandated with the collection of revenue, Kenya Revenue Authority, further requires an investor residing out of the country.

  • Letter of introduction
  • Pin number of a registered tax agent
  • Kenya Revenue Authority pin application acknowledgment receipt
  • Endorsement letter from the Kenya Investment Authority
  • A valid tax compliance certificate
  • Documentary proof of investment
  • Letter of appointment of the tax agent
  • Certified and colored passport
  • Letter of appointment

There are no special laws that are directed towards any investor. Both local and foreign investors are treated equally. Further information on these legal requirements is fully available on the Immigration Kenya website.

The geographical position of at the cost of the Indian Ocean provides a reliable import and export means through the harbors. This provides the investor with a suitable means of transportation of raw materials and finished goods. Along with the proper and established infrastructure, the products necessary to be moved are easily transported using means like the new standard gauge railway. The government has also been working towards building roads and improving communication systems for conducive business operation environments for the investors. The Kenyan market is also flooded with readily available labor that comes at a reasonable price to help any investors kick-off and succeed. The well-diversified economy should be in a position to accommodate a well-structured plan for proper execution and eventual success.

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