A core part of our mission as Positive Action Kenya, is to form partnerships across institutions and people to empower children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential and impact on their community.
“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.” -Kofi Annan
We recently had the honor of meeting with the President of the Court of Appeal today, Hon. Justice William Ouko, to discuss how PAK can help the court realize its agenda of bringing positive change and impact within communities in Kenya. #TeamPAK was represented by our Executive Director, Biko Orlale, and our Programs Manager, Naomi Muthama. The discussions ranged from our work in promoting holistic education through our PAK Clubs and the various talent development initiatives we have carried out through our Creative Arts and Rugby clubs, to how we can ensure the health and wellness of vulnerable orphans and vulnerable children.
We look forward to driving this agenda and ensuring our partnership will address some of the most pressing challenges affecting our society today. Key among them is ensuring the protection of the rights of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children enshrined under the Children's Act of Kenya 2001. It emphasize that the ideal setting for a child to grow in is a family or at least a community setting. Moreover, research has demonstrated that long term institutionalization of children has negative effects on their growth and development.
Children homes do not facilitate an environment where children can develop attachment to a significant adult or caregiver as the case would be in a family environment. The consequences of this lack of attachment to the children include poor cognitive development, poor moral development, lack of empathy, autistic tendencies, self-stimulation and self-harming behaviour among others.
Our approach will be aimed at supporting the social and educational development of these children to ensure they have access to quality education and health to help them take back control of their lives and make a positive change, whether in their new community or in their country of origin.