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Why Sonko Rescue Team was recognised in fight against COVID-19

  • Sonko Rescue Team was awarded for its continuous voluntary work and stepping up efforts to help Nairobians deal with COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sonko Rescue Team has also been donating foodstuff, face masks, sanitisers, blankets to vulnerable societies in the City.
  • Nairobi, Mombasa and Makueni Counties were also awarded.

The Sonko Rescue Team (SRT) has been recognised for its outstanding role in helping the Government in the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

SRT was on Friday, October 16 awarded for its continuous voluntary work as well as stepping up in its efforts to help Kenyans deal with the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an event organised by Volunteer Involving Organisations Society in conjunction with the UN-Habitat, SRT under the patronage of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was feted for providing humanitarian support as well as efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Why Sonko Rescue Team shine

During the International Day of the Girl Child, SRT donated food stuffs, blankets, mattresses, sanitary towels, among other basic commodities to residents who have been affected by fire in Gatina (Tazama slum), Kangemi (Mau Mau area), and Kawangware Children’s Home.

After President Uhuru Kenyatta gave the green light for the reopening of places of worship, SRT embarked on a mission to donate water tanks, hand washers, facemasks, sanitisers, automatic digital thermo guns to churches and mosques within Nairobi County.

Sonko Rescue Team donated water tanks, handwashes, facemasks, sanitizers, automatic digital thermo guns & other essential items to Nairobi Churches & Mosques

After the Government announced restriction of movement within Nairobi County and the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew, it meant that Kenyans in the informal sector had few hours or no time at all to work and put food on the table. SRT did its part in distributing basic items to informal settlement residents, to help them.

The Volunteer Involving Organizations Society started in 2004 as a loose network and was officially registered under the society act of Kenya.



SRT distributing coronavirus care package to vulnerable members of the society from Dandora dumpsite in Embakasi North

Other organisations that were awarded included Mathare Youth Foundation, Nubian Youth Council, Mng’aroo Mtaani, GDD Mombasa Network, Nivalishe Pad Initiative, Do it With Boldness Foundation, Slum Child Foundation, and Love for Child Asociation.

The Volunteer Involving Organizations Society started in 2004 as a loose network and was officially registered under the society act of Kenya.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is an annual event by The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection in partnership with Volunteer Involving Organizations Society to recognise the outstanding efforts of Volunteers in Kenya and help promote the importance of volunteering in the community.

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