Annexing Brotherhood and Cohesion to Business and Society

There is a need to maintain peaceful relations with the international business partners from the USA that trade in Kenya who did not really support your candidate of choice. This means that, it should be business as usual for you and at the back of your mind, you must keep the notion that Kenya is a peaceful state.

As we watch the events unfold in the usa, we must borrow a leaf where they have done well and apply the same in our 2022 elections which are close. The same way that the investors from the USA are still doing business in Kenya is the same way that you should maintain ties with them even after our elections in the future.

After it is all said and done, we here say congratulations to president elect Joe Biden and wish him all the best.

“You can only win once you embrace all people as equal”

Alfred Yambo

Handling The Uncertainty of Funding the Future

Many parents are still worried over how they will make up for school fees and other related educational costs. The housing and business requirements are also ever increasing. Therefore, there has been a need to work toward funding the future.

Therefore, among the ideas that Kenyans should look at feature: setting up a separate savings account from the original or normal bank account. This will help Kenyans have some extra money on the side after expenses are met.

“We must show care for each other in order to support our future”.

Alfred Yambo

Joining legitimate SACCOS. These help you save and work like insurance covers. They are meant to help each and every member to set a savings pool and ask for loan as required. However, caution must be taken when joining these.

Last but not least, we need to be our brother’s keeper. In as much as we are living in a capitalistic state and global society, we must be socialists at this time. Everyone around you should be like your distant relative deserving of your help. You too will benefit from the help of those around you. We must take care of each other.

Let us work as individuals and as a family to take care of each other and fund the future.

Happy Mashujaa Day

Today, we all mark a great day in history and tie it to the heroes that fought for it. Our independence did not come cheap but through sticks and stones by our heroes such as: Jaramogi Oginga Oginga, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and James Gichuru among great women like Mekatilili Wa Menza.

Happy Mashujaa Day Kenya.

Also on this day, we commemorate other heroes in sports, achievement and education. These are people like Paul Tergat, Eliud Kipchoge and many more. They have done our country proud being out there competing in world events such as the Boston Marathon. They have put our country on the good pages of all books on world achievement.

Today also, you are a hero and a champion that has helped made Kenya great. You have made pour country feel special and important. You have been a hero just by being a Kenyan citizen and a supporter of our great country. We are totally happy to have you here with us as we celebrate this great day.

“Do not forget the poor in the streets today. Feed them, clothe them and be their hero”.

Alfred Yambo
Cute happy boy receives help well.

Keep your eye out for the poor and underprivileged in society today. That is how you can be a hero today. Provide for them even for just this one day. Open up your hearts and show them some love. Today is also their day and you can manifest their desires. Do not be stingy.

After it is all said and done, may God bless you and bless our great country, Kenya.

Happy Mahujaa Day!

Help Spread Awareness Against Human Trafficking For Sex and Marriage

Most cases of trafficking for the purpose of marriage involve young, female victims, many of whom come from disadvantaged family backgrounds, according to the UN.

UN Researchers found that the resulting marriages can be arranged by family members, wedding agencies or brokers, often for financial or material gain. In some cases, brides are kidnapped.

Many African and Kenyan girls are being secretly married off.

Various coercive or fraudulent methods are used to obtain consent, including abduction, deception, abuse of vulnerability and the receiving of payments or gifts.

“Women and girls trapped in these forced unions face violence, abuse, restrictions on movement and isolation from their parents and friends”.

Alfred Yambo

Abused and afraid
There are many factors that make women vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, including their age, status, and lack of education and employment opportunities.

Physical and sexual abuse is common and mainly perpetrated by the husband, but sometimes also by his relatives and friends and other third parties, including clients purchasing sexual services or abusive marriage brokers”, she said.

Forced marriage can be linked to all phases of human trafficking, starting with recruitment and transportation of the victim. As with other forms of trafficking, only a small proportion of cases reach the attention of the police, and there are very few convictions.

Let us all come together to end this inhuman act of trafficking girls and women for marriage and sex. We can do it through: community policing, having stricter laws against perpetrators, keeping our children safe among many more.

Documenting Good Practice Examples on Gender mainstreaming

As a strategy for achieving gender equality, gender mainstreaming involves a process of incremental change in policies, strategies and activities. The long term objective is that attention to gender equality will pervade all policies, strategies and activities so that women and men influence, participate in, and benefit equitably from all interventions. Documenting good practice in mainstreaming gender equality entails recording positive steps made towards achieving this goal. Although the policy, project or activity may not yet be perfect from a gender equality perspective, it is still possible, and important, to record positive steps in the right direction.

Gender mainstreaming is an important element of society.

Good practice examples should document how gender equality concerns were made central to policy-making, legislation, resource allocation, planning implementation and monitoring of projects and programme. They should, if possible, document the transformational aspect of mainstreaming -the impact that consideration of gender equality aspects has in terms of changes to goals, strategies, actions, outcomes and impacts.

“Gender mainstreaming promises less conflicts in leadership and acquisition of resources by all citizens of any state”.

Alfred Yambo
Women also need to be empowered without forgetting boys, girls and men. Society must grow, together.

A good practice example of gender mainstreaming could be actions which lead to a positive change in:

  • Policies; 
  • Strategies / approach;
  • Advocacy efforts;
  • Legislation;
  • Research and other analytical work;
  • Statistics- greater sex disaggregation, improved gender analysis of data, or identifying gaps in the data base;
  • Development of indicators and improved monitoring;
  • Medium-term plans and budgets;
  • Procedures and processes.

A good practice example could also document positive organizational changes necessary to promote gender mainstreaming, such as: 

  • Competence development on mainstreaming; 
  • Establishment of a gender unit or focal point with a clear mandate and necessary resources to promote and support mainstreaming;
  • Indication of management commitment to mainstreaming;
  • Establishment of accountability mechanisms; 
  • Development of guidelines, manuals, and other tools to support mainstreaming:
  • Establishment of a resource base of relevant gender equality expertise for mainstreaming.
Let us be there to see all members of society develop and succeed.

We need not be still talking about gender mainstreaming. We should be already actively doing it and succeeding at it. It is never too late to carry on from where we are. Together, we can.

Preparation For School Reopening

The Minister for Education, professor, George Magoha, recently announced that schools may reopen soon. The COVID-19 is still an issue to watch out for as we all wait to see what will be of the new term. Our children certainly have a lot of catching up to do as they reopen schools.

Honourable Professor, George Magoha recently announced of a possible reopening of schools.

Caution however should be taken to ensure that they are well prepared psychologically and physically as it is going to be a different experience for them. You should remind them to maintain a safe distance from each other and have their masks on. Remind them to use the sanitizer spots that have been placed on their schools or will be available in due time prior to their reopening.

“Keep your child safe even when they are far away from you”.

Alfred Yambo
Preparation for school reopening.
We still have to keep our children safe.

It will be a bit of time before they get used to it but they eventually will. With your help as a parent, guardian or elder sibling, your children will be safe as they rejoin school. You must make sure that you do your part and keep them as safe as possible with good advice and proper direction. We need them to continue studying and we are all a part of their success in the future.

Urge To Demonstrate Humanity To Each Other

After news spread of a woman making a delivery outside a hospital, it was only necessary to call on society to show some humanity on each other. Yes, you can go on strike, even nurses and doctors are constitutionally allowed to do that. However, your issue is not with the citizens rather the paying authority. You must find it within yourself to attend to the citizens, no matter what.

Citizens have a right to proper medical attention.

Therefore, it is only fair to demonstrate humane behaviour towards each other as we carry on with our daily lives. Do not let your brothers and sisters go hungry, die from a lack of medical attention or be victims of a crime that you could have prevented.

“You are your brother’s keeper. Protect your people and those around you”.

Alfred Yambo

This so much reminds us to consider the persons living with disabilities. They are not helpless but have a lower chance of getting access to help when in trouble. It therefore falls onto society to come in and help them. You have to be there for those stigmatized by HIV/AIDS and the young girls that have suffered unwanted pregnancies from rape and other negative practices. It is your duty to take care of your brother and sister.

We must remember the PLWDs and Persons Living With HIV/AIDS.

Let us stay strong during these harsh times of COVID-19. Let us remember that the issues at work plaguing us have not been caused by the citizens but by the paying authorities. We must therefore be ready to respond to the citizens when needed.

Have a helping hand ready for your fellow child, man or woman.

Reprimand For The Rapists and Reforms In Policy Against Rape and Gender Based Violence

Cases of rape have been on the rise in Kenya. They have especially led to many girls under 15 getting pregnant and emotionally scarred for life. They have destroyed parents and siblings alike.

Most children get raped by their relatives and known persons such as neighbors.

There are a lot of relatives and family members that know who committed the rape cases but they choose to be quiet for one reason or the other. Most of these cases are committed by close family members. Therefore, the government needs to make some of these changes:

The right laws will minimize rape cases in Kenya and fight gender based violence.

1.Punish family members that refuse to speak up not unless it can be proven that they were threatened.

2. Punish both offender and siblings that choose to hide their own relative from facing justice.

3. Ban family members that would be considered a threat to other relatives from attending court proceedings and holding them with reasonable cause to perform harm on their own relatives.

If these are performed, then the rape cases will go down. They have to go down as they have been significantly on the rise. Many are suffering and others are as brazen as to post their deeds online such as had been done by a certain chief in the North of Kenya.

“You can prevent rape by reporting your own relatives to the police”.

Alfred Yambo
Let the government be stricter in punishing rape.

We can fight rape and create a safer society for the girls who have been forced out of school by the COVID-19. Let us not forget the boys who also get sodomized by the relatives just as girls. The boy child should not be neglected and deserves as much care too.

Keep your children safe. Always.

Support Politics But Be Independent

What would happen to you if your favourite candidate did not win the elections? Would your life come to an end? Would you commit suicide? Would you incite others into violence like in 2007? No, all those would be irrational.

Politics must not dictate your personal life.

Us politicians want you to vote and give us the seats that we campaign for. We want you to support our manifestos and show us a lot of attention when we are in parliament. We want you to take our sides in conflicts. However, we also wish for you to be independent. This is important to make sure that you will continue with your life even if we do not win. There will be no need to commit suicide or kill others.

Politicians need your support but be careful not to overdo it.

“It is good to support a politician but do not worship them like a god”.

Alfred Yambo

The more you become independent, the more you get to see that politics is just another tool of leadership but not dictatorship of your life. You can live your life and that, regardless of what is in politics that day.

Being independent will make you stronger than depending on the government too much.

Live your life. Create your own jobs and do not heavily rely on the government. Even if your favorite politician does not win, your life must go on. Maintain peace and live your life the best that you can. All the best to you all.

Let Us Remain Aware of HIV/AIDS Despite the COVID-19

HIV/AIDS remains to be a serious illness in our society. In as much as we have all our attention paid to the COVID-19, we must never lose sight of HIV/AIDS. Here are some quick important facts by the WHO on HIV/AIDS:

Let us not lose sight of HIV/AIDS.
  • HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed almost 33 million lives so far. However, with increasing access to effective HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care, including for opportunistic infections, HIV infection has become a manageable chronic health condition, enabling people living with HIV to lead long and healthy lives.
  • There were an estimated 38.0 million people living with HIV at the end of 2019.
  • As a result of concerted international efforts to respond to HIV, coverage of services has been steadily increasing. In 2019, 68% of adults and 53% of children living with HIV globally were receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART).
  • A great majority (85%) of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV also received ART, which not only protects their health, but also ensures prevention of HIV transmission to their newborns.
  • However, not everyone is able to access HIV testing, treatment and care. Notably, the 2018 Super-Fast-Track targets for reducing new paediatric HIV infections to 40 000 was not achieved. Global targets for 2020 are at risk of being missed unless rapid action is taken.
  • Due to gaps in HIV services, 690 000 people died from HIV-related causes in 2019 and 1.7 million people were newly infected.
  • Key population groups and their sexual partners accounted for over 60% of all new HIV infections globally among the age group 15-49 years (an estimated 62%) in 2019. In eastern European and central Asia, Asia and the Pacific, western and central Europe and north America and Middle East and north Africa, these groups accounted for over 95% of new HIV infections in each of these regions.
  • WHO defines key populations as people in populations who are at increased HIV risk in all countries and regions. Key populations include: men who have sex with men; people who inject drugs; people in prisons and other closed settings; sex workers and their clients; and transgender people.
  • In addition, given their life circumstances, a range of other populations may be particularly vulnerable, and at increased risk of HIV infection, such as adolescent girls and young women in southern and eastern Africa and indigenous peoples in some communities.
  • Increased HIV vulnerability is often associated with legal and social factors, which increases exposure to risk situations and creates barriers to accessing effective, quality and affordable HIV prevention, testing and treatment services.
  • Over two thirds of all people living with HIV live in the WHO African Region (25.7 million). While HIV is prevalent among the general population in this region, an increasing number of new infections occur among key population groups.
Defeating HIV/AIDS is defeating one more problem and having one less to handle.
  • HIV can be diagnosed through rapid diagnostic tests that can provide same-day results. HIV self-tests are increasingly available and provide an effective and acceptable alternative way to increase access to people who are not reached for HIV testing through facility-based services. Rapid test and self-tests have greatly facilitated diagnosis and linkage with treatment and care.
  • There is no cure for HIV infection. However, effective antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) can control the virus and help prevent onward transmission to other people.
  • At the end of 2019, an estimated 81% of people living with HIV knew their status. 67% were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 59% had achieved suppression of the HIV virus with no risk of infecting others.
  • At the end of 2019, 25.4 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy.
  • Between 2000 and 2019, new HIV infections fell by 39% and HIV-related deaths fell by 51%, with 15.3 million lives saved due to ART. This achievement was the result of great efforts by national HIV programmes supported by civil society and international development partners.

“Keeping safe is important in any situation even the worst of the worst”.

Alfred Yambo

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) targets the immune system and weakens people’s defense  against many infections and some types of cancer. As the virus destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, infected individuals gradually become immunodeficient. Immune function is typically measured by CD4 cell count.

Immunodeficiency results in increased susceptibility to a wide range of infections, cancers and other diseases that people with healthy immune systems can fight off.

The most advanced stage of HIV infection is acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which can take many years to develop if not treated, depending on the individual. AIDS is defined by the development of certain cancers, infections or other severe long term clinical manifestations.