Mr Odede, who met Gen Badi on Thursday, said he was impressed with the NMS ‘quick response to rescue the residents of the Mukuru slum who had spent nights in the cold.
Prior to the meeting, the Shofco chief had received a group of community leaders from Mukuru who expressed concerns about the way the demolitions were being carried out.
“I met a delegation of community leaders from Mukuru whose houses had been demolished believe in development and progress, but people must be the focus. I will engage the government on their behalf, “said Mr Odede.
He praised the government for building roads in the city’s informal settlements.
” Great news that the Government has stopped evictions In the slums of Mukuru we welcome development projects in the slums and, as Shofco, we look forward to working with the state to improve the lives of the slum dwellers, ”said Mr Odede.
General Badi spoke about the demolition victims, promised them the support of the government.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to rebuild all the demolished houses and will visit you here,” General Badi told the residents.
< p> Mr Odede said he was looking forward to working with General Badi.
“Shofco and NMS have been great partners over the past two years. We are delighted to be working with Gen Badi to provide services to the people of Nairobi, ”he said s.
The center of Shofco in Mukuru has become a safe haven for hundreds of residents whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. Nuria Abdi, mother of eight children, was one of the residents who sought refuge in the center.
She has lived in the slums of Mukuru for 23 years and was injured when her house was torn down, leaving her ailing children Husband to spend the night in the cold.
“I bought land here in 1995 and built a sheet iron house. President Kenyatta came here in 2013 and promised to give us title deeds. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, “said Ms. Abdi.
She wasn’t in her business when her 25-year-old house was demolished.
” Everything in my house was destroyed. I didn’t even get my children’s credentials back. The demolitions were carried out without notice, “she said.
Mr Odede pledged to work with the government in relocating the affected families through the Shofco Urban Network (SUN) program.
He said about the SUN that the victims get bedding and food.
“While the government tries to build houses for the affected families, we will distribute bedding and food to our SUN members,” he said .
Through its SUN program in Mukuru, Shofco carries out projects for the empowerment of women, youth training, book libraries and gender-based violent reactions. The organization also runs a sacco in the slums, which enables community members to save money and take out loans.
The organization has since expanded to over 24 slums across Kenya, serving 2.4 million vulnerable people . It has two schools with over 800 students and six health clinics that care for an average of 600 people a day.