Kenyans must play role in their well being – First Lady
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has acknowledged the role played by religious organizations in improving the lives of Kenyans.
She cited the example of St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish in Kangemi which has initiated programmes that have empowered residents from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The First Lady was speaking when she toured St. Joseph’s The Worker Health Centre, Kangemi in Nairobi County.
She said for significant transformation to take place in the country ordinary people have a role to play in uplifting the standards of living.
She commended St. Joseph’s Centre for implementing projects that are restoring, rebuilding and renewing hope for the people.
“I am truly amazed by the work that you are all doing. I know that work is challenging financially. It is also emotionally taxing, it can be heart-wrenching—and so I want to thank you all for volunteering to do it, and to make personal sacrifices in the name of service,” said the First Lady.
The First Lady pointed out that the commitment and self-sacrifice of the staff at the centre, has attracted the attention of many prominent people including Pope Francis who visited it during his papal tour to Kenya last year.
St. Joseph’s centre offers various programmes which include primary and secondary education, vocational training and health services.
The project serves over 10,000 people and has had positive impact on the poor and the disadvantaged in Kangemi and its immediate environs.
She singled out the centre’s health services which she said were of high standards and affordable to the community.
“I thank the founders, partners, well-wishers and friends who have since the very beginning worked, and given tirelessly to ensure the health centre becomes what we see here today,” said the First Lady.
St. Joseph Health Centre offers specialized clinics and maternity services and to-date it has made 150 safe baby delivery.
“Indeed, this centre is meeting so many needs of the children, young adults, mothers, fathers, and the elderly: the need for women to give birth in safe and sterile environments; for children to receive the much needed inoculations that keep them from contracting preventable diseases,” said the First Lady.
The First Lady called on well-wishers and the Government to come out and support the centre which is in dire need of an ambulance to handle the large number of emergency cases and referrals.
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