Morris Makabe – Communications Officer, ICHA
The partnership between the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and the Airbus Foundation has been instrumental in transforming communities in Nairobi and Mombasa Counties. Through various projects and initiatives, the collaboration has brought about significant positive changes, addressing challenges and empowering local populations.
During the visit of Ms. Sophie, the Airbus Foundation Response Coordinator, to Nairobi and Mombasa Counties, the ICHA’s Innovation team showcased the progress and impact of different projects. In Nairobi, the team visited schools where Plasma water units had been installed, providing clean and safe drinking water to schoolchildren. The headteachers shared their experiences and provided valuable feedback, contributing to the project’s sustainability. The visit also involved technical support from the WASH department and Plasma Waters technician, ensuring the smooth functioning of the water purification systems.
In Mombasa County, the focus was on projects related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and environmental conservation. The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space (AFDS) project and the URCBP project were discussed, highlighting the importance of partnership engagement in capacity building and knowledge management. Specifically, the visit to the URCBP site emphasized the significance of rehabilitating and enhancing mangrove conservation efforts for coastal protection and community well-being.
The impact of the partnership between KRCS and Airbus Foundation has been substantial. The installation of Plasma water units in schools has significantly improved access to clean and safe drinking water, reducing waterborne diseases among schoolchildren. The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space has provided a platform for students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), nurturing future leaders and innovators. Furthermore, the DRR projects in Mombasa County have bolstered community resilience to disasters, minimizing the adverse effects on their livelihoods.
Looking ahead, the partnership between KRCS and Airbus Foundation will prioritize sustainability and capacity building within specific thematic areas such as Knowledge Management, Blue, and Green Economies. This approach ensures that projects are implemented in a manner that enhances community well-being while safeguarding the environment. By focusing on these key areas, the partnership aims to create lasting transformations, empowering communities and fostering a sustainable future.
In conclusion, the collaboration between KRCS and Airbus Foundation is making a significant difference in communities in Nairobi and Mombasa Counties. Through their joint efforts, access to clean water, educational opportunities, and disaster resilience have improved, positively impacting the lives of local residents. The partnership’s commitment to sustainability and capacity building further strengthens its potential for long-term, transformative change, ensuring a brighter future for the communities involved.