Written by Hannah Bain
Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the 2020 .ORG Impact Awards. With over 500 applicants for this year’s prizes, we are honored and humbled to be in the top five nominees for the Combatting Coronavirus category and the Championing Equality, Equity, and Inclusion category.
Recognizes organizations that have helped manage COVID-19 outbreaks, provided information or essential services, helped create policies to address COVID-19, or developed solutions to challenges created by the pandemic.
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, CFK staff have been on the frontlines addressing acute health needs, educational gaps, financial challenges, and misinformation about the virus. CFK has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kenya Medical Research Institute to collect coronavirus samples and lead contact tracing efforts in Kibera.
Additionally, our COVID-19 response has expanded beyond the borders of Kibera. We broadened our WASH initiatives to the informal settlements of Mathare and Mukuru, helping to mitigate community-spread coronavirus cases in Kenya. Nationally, CFK Executive Director, Hillary Omala, has served on six government committees and sub-committees contributing to the national strategy on COVID-19 response and communicating the unique challenges of containing the virus in Kibera and other informal settlements across Kenya. Internationally, CFK frontline workers have been recognized as “Frontline Heroes” for their efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic in Kibera.
Championing Equality, Equity, and Inclusion
Recognizes organizations for their efforts to further diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion through the creation of policies, procedures, practices, or programs.
CFK believes that adolescent girls and young mothers are critical to global progress, and we are committed to nurturing future female leaders, achieving gender equality, addressing gender-based violence, and encouraging girls to pursue educational and professional opportunities. The United Nations recognized CFK’s Binti Pamoja Centre as one of the world’s premier programs addressing the needs of adolescent girls, and our Girls Empowerment Program (GEP) provides a range of support to girls and teenage mothers in Kibera.
CFK’s GEP provides safe spaces where girls can connect with mentors and express themselves, educates girls on their rights, engages girls in leadership training, and provides tailored support for teenage mothers. The program also educates males on gender equality and encourages both girls and boys to become champions for gender parity in the community.
Sponsored by the Public Interest Registry, the .ORG Impact Awards will announce finalists over a 10-day, virtual award ceremony starting November 30, 2020. Stay tuned!