World Radio Day 2018

World Radio Day 2018

Kenya News

“Radio reaches the widest audience in the world!”

In an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform and inspire.’’ The words of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his message to the world as it celebrates World Radio Day.

This is the 7th edition since its inception in 2012 following its declaration by UNESCO General Conference, thereafter it was adopted as the international day by the United Nations General Assembly.

Radio was first discovered in 1902 and since then has served as a main source when listening to news and music.  Radio stood witness to some of the greatest events in history and brocasted live events. For instance on July 31st 1982 during the attempted coup that saw legendary radio personality Leonard Mambo Mbotela inform Kenyans on the events that were unfolding. This was 36 years ago and up to date radio still remains relevant even with the emergence of new technologies in television, film, among others.

As the world marks World Radio Day under the theme; Radio and sports for peace and uniting communities, Kenya Community Media Network- KCOMNET organized celebrations held at Kivuli Center home to Mtaani Radio a community radio based in Dagoretti sub-county, Nairobi County.

Present at the event were different stakeholders representing various organizations, sporting entities and various representatives from community radios in the country to discuss matter sports and peace building and the importance in the development of the community.

According to Anthony Ngare, the deputy Director of Expression and Media Development Information and Communication Programme at the UNESCO, he indicated that one of the attributes that makes radio effective is the fact that it has the ability to reach different people regardless of their social status and also been a key component in spreading peace in different communities. Alfred Kibunja a team building professional in addition added that sports is key in a community as it promotes teamwork, essential values that unit us towards a better Kenya.

Through the incorporation of sporting activities communities have been united and empowered as well as giving voice to the marginalized communities.

What makes radio cool is the element of surprise and its uniqueness to enable one create mental pictures in addition to its ability to communicate to one person.

Education of Re-integrated Beneficiaries

Education of Re-integrated Beneficiaries

Kenya News

January is normally characterized by children heading back to school for the first term of the year in Kenya.

It is no different at Koinonia Community Rescue Centers who this year have successfully ensured that 58 boys and girls they have  joined school with the youngest joining pre-unit while the oldest joined standard seven, one joined high school while two others have joined technical institutions.

The two rescue centers; Mother House and Ndugu Mdogo have this year recorded a 95% successful reintegration process of 48 boys and girls.

The rescues are managed by six social workers who have ensured the children, who were rescued from the streets and vulnerable situations early 2017, are successfully rehabilitated and get to resume their education. The rehabilitation process is not an easy as it requires a lot of patience in dealing with the children and other elements so as to attain the desired outcome.

Social workers have taken the children through various activities and counselling sessions to successfully rehabilitate them effectively. The process has been successful due to the involvement of parents in their children lives as well as having frequent home visits.

As 2018 kicks in social workers will be hitting the streets once again to rescue more children who will be rehabilitated and reintegrated back to their families.

Children are a blessing to the universe and it the role of adults to ensure they get a good life so as to become better citizens and make the world a better place.

Vacancy for Physiotherapist

Vacancy for Physiotherapist

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a Physiotherapist as detailed below;

Job title: Physiotherapist

Reporting line: Project Manager.

Job purpose:

The physiotherapist will provide physiotherapy services to children with physical difficulties resulting from illness, injury or disabilities.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assess and treat children with developmental, congenital and neuromuscular disorders
  • Do qualitative and quantitative assessment to analyze and diagnose the nature and extent of impairments
  • Perform in depth client evaluation, develop treatment plans and manage individualized treatment focused on the client’s individual goals
  • Implement treatment plan by using exercises that stimulate and activate different parts of the body including play therapy
  • Keep records of initial evaluation, progress and discharge of clients
  • Work with family members to recognize and change behavior patterns that impede progress and train techniques for home program
  • Collaborate with other therapists to develop and implement individual and group program for the client’s progress
  • To periodically review and evaluate therapy approach and client’s progress and make recommendation and implementation as need be   
  • Conduct domiciliary visits for physiotherapy services and identify new cases of disabilities.
  • Ensure continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing and instructing families and caregivers in home exercise programs.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Diploma in physiotherapy from a recognized institution with valid license from the physiotherapist board (KSP).
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience; working with children with special needs is an added advantage.
  • He/she must have strong interpersonal skills together with excellent written and verbal communication skills, self driven and motivated.
  • Experience and competence in use of Basic Computer applications.
  • Good team working skills.

 Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract
  • Probation period for the first 4 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- personnel@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Physiotherapy Job Application, handwritten application can be deposited at the reception of Shalom House,St.Daniel Comboni Rd,off Ngong’ road ) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of both academic and professional certificates, stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current, and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be 20th January 2018. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Vacancy for Social Economic Empowerment Officer

Vacancy for Social Economic Empowerment Officer

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a Social economic empowerment officer as detailed below;

JOB TITTLE:  Social Economic Empowerment Officer

Reporting line: Project manager

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. In charge of all matters relating to the day-to-day empowerment of beneficiaries
  2. Promote team work in the facilitation of beneficiary activities with other members of staff and volunteers.
  3. Facilitate quality beneficiary sessions in line with their empowerment plans. Enhance the development of business plans with individual and groups of youth and families
  4. Coordinate and plan with the other staff members on work schedules to assist families and youth at risk in order to improve their social and economic situations
  5. Coordinate the establishment of empowerment initiatives. Prepare annual and monthly work plans as well as progressive and final annual reports
  6. Prepare accounting records, inventory, asset register, periodic financial reports and budget for all the beneficiaries
  7. Conduct needs assessments and case studies of beneficiaries in the project as well as update their files and database.
  8. Develop a marketing strategy and secure markets for each initiative. Plan and conduct meetings with the youth and families to monitor and evaluate progress
  9. Ensure effective communication, marketing and networking with other relevant stakeholders to improve the referral, production and sales from the empowerment initiatives.
  10. Enhance project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation of follow-up activities with various stakeholders, including monitoring of Koinonia inputs, local conditions and resources
  11. Facilitate beneficiary related training and orientation materials to promote establishment of income generating activities, knowledge building and sharing with other stakeholders.
  12. Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Manager

Minimum Requirements and experience

  • Diploma Business Administration, entrepreneurship, social work or related field.
  • Managed successful businesses for at least three years
  • Strong interpersonal & training skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously or in a team with a high attention to detail.
  • Excellent work ethic, proactive, and flexibile to work long hours when required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and general computer & technology literacy.
  • Due to the nature of the work, fluency in Swahili will be a strong advantage.

Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract
  • Probation period for the first 3 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- personnel@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Social Economic Empowerment Officer Job Application, handwritten application can be deposited at the reception of Kivuli centre or Shalom House,St.Daniel Comboni Rd,off Ngong’ road ) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of academic certificates stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current, and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be 16th February 2018. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Job Vacancy – Security Officer

Job Vacancy – Security Officer

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a security officer as detailed below;

Reporting line: Project manager.

Maintains safe and secure environment for children, employees and community clients by patrolling and monitoring premises and other assets.

Job Duties and responsibilities:

  1. Secures premises and personnel by patrolling property; monitoring and inspecting buildings, equipment, vehicles and access points.
  2. Prevents losses and damages by reporting irregularities; informing violators of security procedures and restraining trespassers.
  3. Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of children, employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
  4. Write reports of all daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
  5. Maintains organization’s stability and reputation by complying with legal requirements.
  6. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  7. Do any other duties as assigned by the project manager

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

  1. He/she must be a holder of a K.C.S.E certificate
  2. Minimum of 2 years experience in security services.
  3. He/She must have strong interpersonal skills together with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Must have a certificate of good conduct

 Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract
  • Probation period for the first 3 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- personnel@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Security Job Application, handwritten application can be deposited at the reception of Kivuli centre or Shalom House,St.Daniel Comboni Rd,off Ngong’ road ) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of academic certificates stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current, and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be 9th December 2017. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Job Vacany – Social Worker

Job Vacany – Social Worker

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a social worker as detailed below;

Job title: Social worker  

Reporting line: Project Manager.

Purpose

To ensure efficient and effective day to day running of social activities in the project and the welfare of all beneficiaries (direct and indirect) are well observed. This should be done in line with Koinonia community policies on beneficiary protection and care within the delegated authority of a results based management framework.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to;

  1. In charge of all matters relating to the day-to-day welfare of beneficiaries
  2. Promote team work in the facilitation of beneficiary activities with other members of staff and volunteers.
  3. Facilitate quality beneficiary sessions in line with their rehabilitation care plans. This involves facilitation of programs in psychosocial support, mentorship and education
  4. Coordinate and plan with the other staff members on internal control systems, work schedules and follow ups such as community, home, hospital and school and visits
  5. Prepare annual and monthly work plans as well as progress reports for the social department in conjunction with other departmental staff
  6. Prepare accounting records, inventory, asset register, periodic financial reports and budget for all the beneficiaries and hand them to the manager on time for monthly requisition and liquidations
  7. Conduct needs assessments and case studies of beneficiaries in the project
  8. Maintain and update beneficiary personal files and database
  9. Liaise with the project manager on plans affecting beneficiary placement, reintegration issues and family based interventions.
  10. Plan and conduct monthly meetings with the parents and the community
  11. Ensure effective communication, mobilization and networking with other relevant organizations for referrals and support in the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of beneficiaries.
  12. Enhance project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation of follow-up activities with various stakeholders, including monitoring of Koinonia inputs, local conditions and resources
  13. Compile beneficiary related training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with other members of staff, donors and all other stakeholders.
  14. Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Manager

Minimum Requirements and experience

  • Diploma in Social work or related field with a strong bias in counseling.
  • Computer literacy a must: working knowledge of MS office required;
  • Experience in capacity building which includes facilitation of community-based training and awareness
  • Good knowledge of children rights and abuse prevention
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • No less than 2 years previous work experience,

 Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract
  • Probation period for the first 3 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- personnel@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Social worker Job Application, handwritten applications can be deposited at the reception of Shalom House,St. Daniel Comboni Rd, off Ngong’ road ) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae, certificate of good conduct and copies of both academic and professional certificates stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be 9th December 2017. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability

Universal Children’s Day 2017

Kenya News

Children are one of the most treasured possessions on earth.  Kenya joins the world in marking Universal Children’s Day on the  20th  November.

This is a day aimed at creating awareness on children rights and preventing their exploitation.

Research indicates that about 80% of children living in Child Care Institutions (CCI) are not orphans but have been placed there due to other reasons such as poverty, neglect or domestic violence. Grace Mwangi , Country Manager at Give a Child a Family states that such factors push factors that distance a child from its family thus ending up at CCI’s or the streets.

Koinonia Community is one such institution that looks to rescue and rehabilitate vulnerable and street children and ultimately ensuring that they are reintegrated back to their families as a family is the best place a child should grow up in.

Koinonia Community has organized a three day children conference as a build up activity towards Universal Children’s Day. During the three days they have organized activities in line with this year’s theme ’’It’s a Kids takeover’’.

Hundreds of children, current and former beneficiaries of the institution gathered together to share their experiences of growing up in a CCI and at home. Plenty of times adults get to determine what happens in the lives of children however it’s always wise to get feedback from the children themselves. This conference gave the children an opportunity to open up about the benefits and challenges of living at home and at a CCI. In addition they got to share their preferred recommendations that they would wish to see implemented both at home and at the CCI’s. This way guardian can make informed decisions about children.

The conference was moderated by peer educators who are former beneficiaries of Koinonia Community. They used this opportunity to share their experiences that shaped them to becoming responsible individuals. Additionally the children were taught about their rights and responsibilities as the two go hand in hand.

John Kamau  high school student and one of the peer educators  believes that through upholding children rights they will be able to get quality education as well as achieve their dreams .

Scaling the Heights

Scaling the Heights

Kenya News

She is graceful and her laughter lights up a room. 15 year old Grace Njeri* is among the over one million candidates sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams in the country. She is also among hundreds of children under the care of Koinonia Community.

Grace was admitted to Koinonia in 2009 when she was only 6 years old. Life at home had become unbearable after her father abandoned them and her mother became the sole bread winner.  Life in the city became too costly and they were forced to relocate to the rural area. A few years after their relocation her mother passed on leaving her in the care of her grandmother. It was during this time that she found a new home at Anita Home, one of the Koinonia centers that cares for girls.

At Anita Home she met other girls who had been through difficult situations at home and / or in the streets.  Njeri* has been improving academically over the years, reading from her grades. This has gone a long way in helping secure a well-wisher to cater for her education. As she sits for her KCPE she hopes to score highly and join a reputable high school. This is not the only thing that she is looking forward to, as she is among 15 Koinonia Community beneficiaries who will be reintegrated back to their families at the end of the year. This is not an easy journey for her or the other 14 teenagers. However the Families to Families project has been conducting workshops throughout the year to enable a smooth transition. The workshops have equipped the teenagers with skills and prepared them for the impending transition in their lives.

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Njeri’s dream is get into the hospitality industry where she can be of service to different people.

Child Family Reunification Meeting

Child Family Reunification Meeting

Kenya News

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is just around the corner, set for the first week of November. Children from various centers- Kivuli, Tone la Maji and Anita Home will also be taking part in this year’s examination after which they will be reintegrated back to their families.

Throughout the year parents have been attending seminars to enable them prepare mentally and physically towards the arrival of their children from the centers. During the seminars parents are equipped with information on ways in which they can become responsible parents and how to build a solid relationship between the parent and the child.

The last seminar of the year took place at Shalom House on the 30th of September, which was conducted by Ambassador Edwin Tiego, a mentorship coordinator. In the session he did emphasize the importance of the role of a parent in the life of a child which he illustrated through a narrative of how  a pilot is able to steer an airplane from one destination to another.  The pilot is able to achieve this effectively through instructions issued to them from the control tower. The control tower is this instance symbolized the role of a parent in the life of a child. A good parent is one who is able to issue effective direction and morals to their child which they can emulate to become responsible individuals.

It is important to note that in life one is bound to make mistakes and children are no exception, for this reason parents should be able to correct their children in ways in which the children can learn from their mistakes and avoid them in future. There is also the need for parents to reward good behavior as a way of shaping behavior.

Mr. Tiego encouraged the use of the 3F’s in parenting –Firmness, parents should be firm in the decisions they make in regard to their children while at the same time being Fair in the kind of punishment they give their children and most importantly be Friends with their children as that is the only way they will detect any changes in their children lives.

Vacancy for the Position of Social Worker – Sep 2017

Vacancy for the Position of Social Worker – Sep 2017

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a social worker as detailed below;

Job title: Social worker  

Reporting line: Project Manager.

Purpose

To ensure efficient and effective day to day running of social activities in the project and the welfare of all beneficiaries (direct and indirect) are well observed. This should be done in line with Koinonia community policies on beneficiary protection and care within the delegated authority of a results based management framework.

 

Responsibilities include, but not limited to;

  1. In charge of all matters relating to the day-to-day welfare of beneficiaries
  2. Promote team work in the facilitation of beneficiary activities with other members of staff and volunteers.
  3. Facilitate quality beneficiary sessions in line with their rehabilitation care plans. This involves facilitation of programs in psychosocial support, mentorship and education
  4. Coordinate and plan with the other staff members on internal control systems, work schedules and follow ups such as community, home, hospital and school and visits
  5. Prepare annual and monthly work plans as well as progress reports for the social department in conjunction with other departmental staff
  6. Prepare accounting records, inventory, asset register, periodic financial reports and budget for all the beneficiaries and hand them to the manager on time for monthly requisition and liquidations
  7. Conduct needs assessments and case studies of beneficiaries in the project
  8. Maintain and update beneficiary personal files and database
  9. Liaise with the project manager on plans affecting beneficiary placement, reintegration issues and family based interventions.
  10. Plan and conduct monthly meetings with the parents and the community
  11. Ensure effective communication, mobilization and networking with other relevant organizations for referrals and support in the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of beneficiaries.
  12. Enhance project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation of follow-up activities with various stakeholders, including monitoring of Koinonia inputs, local conditions and resources
  13. Compile beneficiary related training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with other members of staff, donors and all other stakeholders.
  14. Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Manager

 

Minimum Requirements and experience

  • Diploma in Social work, Education or related field with a strong bias in counseling.
  • Computer literacy a must: working knowledge of MS office required;
  • Experience in capacity building which includes facilitation of community-based training and awareness
  • Good knowledge of children rights and abuse prevention
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Not  less than 2 years previous work experience,
  • Must have a family and be willing to reside within the project compound as may be required by the organization.

 

 Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract
  • Probation period for the first 3 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- personnel@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Social worker Job Application, handwritten applications can be deposited at the reception of Shalom House, St. Daniel Comboni Rd, off Ngong’ road) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae, certificate of good conduct and copies of both academic and professional certificates stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be 2nd October 2017. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability