Kibabii University, Red Cross club, has been feted with a top honors Kenya Red Cross University Chapter Award.
The Award recognizes any public or private university which has a strong Kenya Red Cross Society club or Chapter with the highest number of active Red Cross members and volunteers.
Kibabii University Red Cross Chapter, has been recognized as the best out of numerous projects and engagements, including the Linda Wazee programme, anti-jigger campaigns, tree planting, street children meals programme and First Aid Disaster Management Training.
The Award was presented to the University by Bungoma County Red Cross Coordinator, Ms Sheila Libese.
Kibabii University has been partnering with Kenya Red Cross Bungoma Branch in serving them for years now.
Receiving the Award on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Benedict Mutua, was elated by the efforts put forward by the university community in impacting the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable in the society.
He singled out the projects conducted in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross Club in the University’s greening initiative.
The Club participated in the landscaping and planting over 1,000 indigenous trees that currently present a breathtaking scenery in the university.
Kibabii University Red Cross Chapter is managed by Kiveu student officials, under the patronage of Ms. Angela Kiveu and its main purpose is to provide assistance and humanitarian service to the vulnerable.
“Over the past four years we have championed the needs of the most vulnerable and together, our framework of social services, community-led action for resilience, food aid, Red Cross Home and Day activity center for the disabled and community first aid collectively serve some of the most complex and under-served communities in society,” Ms. Kiveu said.
“We live in an affluent, modern and cosmopolitan Kenya, however, beneath this veneer of affluence there are many individuals or families who struggle with vulnerabilities and unmet needs.
“Going forward, in the face of an aging population, new emerging diseases, and an increasingly volatile global environment, we need to build a more coherent and resilient Kenya,” Prof Mutua said.
He added it is a well-known fact that any individual, family or community, can be easily torn apart, because of its vulnerable points, we must strengthen.
“All sectors of our society, including the vulnerable should ensure that we remain a stable and robust nation,” Mutua said.
Ms. Kiveu said they need well-wishers’ support, goodwill and funding to continue their work of alleviating human suffering and to bring aid to more people, adding that you can choose to share your love to our fellows.
“We warmly welcome you to join us and it is our hope that we join hands and do so with greater involvement in our mission, and many more friends from the Red Cross family,” she said.
By Oliver Mwangi and Anne Wekesa