Needy students in various parts of the country will receive various items in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which will be provided by the National Youth Service (NYS). The items which will be donated will include face masks, girls’ dignity kits, hand sanitizers, bar soaps, buckets and jerricans.
In her address during the flagging off ceremony of the first consignment held on Thursday 22nd October, 2020 at NYS Headquarters in Ruaraka, Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Margaret Kobia recognized the need to support needy students now that there has been a partial reopening of schools.
“There are some areas in this country where a parent affording a mask for his or her child going to school is a problem so this donation by NYS is timely. She thanked the institution for being on the forefront in the fight against the pandemic through mass production of masks and the provision of other critical services.
NYS Council Lt Gen. (Rtd) Njuki Mwaniki and NYS Director-General Matilda Sakwa who were present reiterated the institution’s commitment to public service and said that the institution will continue to explore ways to serve to the best of its capacity during the pandemic.
Since the outbreak, NYS has been involved in the transportation of passengers from the airport, guarding isolation centres and cessation areas, renovation of Mbagathi Hospital to accommodate more patients and distribution of masks to needy Kenyans.
By Brian Were