ON OCTOBER 14, 2016, AVSI CELEBRATED 30 YEARS OF ACTIVITIES IN KENYA. AUTHORITIES, GUESTS FROM ITALY, SWITZERLAND AND UGANDA, PARTNERS, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF LITTLE PRINCE PRIMARY SCHOOL, AVSI STAFF AND FRIENDS GATHERED TO CELEBRATE THE IMPORTANT OCCASION. AVSI REPRESENTATIVE IN THE COUNTRY ANDREA BIANCHESSI OPENED THE EVENT WITH THE FOLLOWING SPEECH:
by Andrea Bianchessi, AVSI Representative in Kenya
"I would like to briefly highlight how AVSI is planning to face some key challenges in Kenya in the next years.
First of all, our approach is based on the conviction that we are living an epochal change, as Pope Francis realistically recognized, based on the many challenges the world, but also Kenya, has to face. These challenges range from the movement of migrants and refugees, radicalization and terrorist attacks, political instability in East and Central Africa with new or protracted crisis like in Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi, youth unemployment and the rapid growth of cities to the lack of basic services in many areas of the country, either in the slums or rural areas, and including a lack of electricity that is so important for education and the development of business. To this list, I would like to add as Pope Francis had pointed out during his visit to Kenya last year: tribalism, corruption, destruction of the environment and radicalization.
Yet, although there are many challenges, Kenya has a lot of opportunities: economic development, construction of infrastructure including roads and railways, deep interconnection with the global economy, the wide-spread use of mobile phones, and social capital expressed in many SACCO (save and credit cooperative). Kenya is also demonstrating leadership in the East Africa region, as Nairobi is an international and regional hub of some important UN agencies.
In front of these challenges, we have defined the next steps for AVSI in Kenya in the coming years, in partnership with all of you:
The question remains: How are we going to reach this?
Thanks, asantenisana, grazie!
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