A one month community engagement and feedback from our audience visiting the website, Jambo News Network on daily basis arrived at these 10 most iconic community servants in Mombasa and Kwale Counties.
[Swahilipot Hub Patron and Youth Mentor Mahmoud Noor. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
He is an Engineer by profession, he is an Information Communication and Technology expert, Mr. Noor is a renowned Youth mentor efforts that earned him the name ‘Mentor 001’.
He is the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) Board member, He is the Patron of a Technology and art centre Swahilipot Hub located in Mombasa. He also chairs the Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch board.
His zeal and interests in uplifting the youth within the Coast region makes him a true, selfless, dedicated, bold-hearted community servant.
“I will on seat back and relax when I see the youth in a position to earn a living and depend up on themselves” he says.
Ali Mohammed Mwachaussa
[Samba Sports Youth Agenda Patron Mohammed Ali Mwachaussa. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
He is the brain behind Kwale Welfare Education Association (KWEA) he later initiated a youthful organisation ‘Samba Sports Youth Agenda’. He uses sports to nurture talents among school going children, the program is also fused with mentorship activities and has gradually changed the perception of Kwale Community.
Samba Sports Youth Agenda is also engaging those out of high school youth in business and investments programs and as well guide them on how to access loans from various government funds.
Mwachaussa also worked with the Agha Khan Foundation implementing various education projects at the Coast.
Mwachaussa together with his team have positively impacted the education sector in Kwale County
“If we create space for the children and engage them in constructive dialogues and activities, we are stabilising the future,” he says.
[Reachout Centre Trust Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman. Photo/Tom Fondo].
He is a renowned anti- drug activist within the Coast region and beyond. He is the current Executive Director at Reachout Centre Trust an anti- drug lobby operating in Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta counties.
Taib has traversed the world to seek partnership and assistance so that youth immersed into drug use at the Coastal Kenya can be disentangled and fully reintegrated into the families.
He has helped out youth entangled into drug addiction and he is among the pioneers of drug therapy and treatment (Methadone) that has helped many drug users both males and females out of drug use.
He is also the Patron of Mvita Community Development Organisation (MV-CODE) this organisation deals with community work and indulge in awareness programs to the youthful generation on drugs, HIV/AIDS, protecting the environment among other issues revolving around the community.
Rajab Mohammed Said
[KRCS Mombasa branch Coordinator Rajab Mohammed Said. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
He is the current Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch Coordinator. Mr. Rajab a community servant since his primary education would always serve the community. Participates in community activities, helps the needy in children’s’ home and practiced First aid to become the ‘Team Doctor’ in his first aid team back in both primary and secondary education.
Rajab has served as a volunteer at the Kenya Red Cross Society, he worked in Tana River County before returning to Mombasa to head the county branch which has been doing tremendously well.
He is currently focusing more on disentangling youth from criminal activities by initiating various sustainable programs among the poultry farming, fishing projects, gas supply business among many other projects supported by the European Union.
Yusuf Lule Mwatsefu
[HURIA Executive Director Yusuf Lule Mwatsefu. Photo/Courtesy].
He has a rich history in human rights matters. He worked at the Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) and later launched a rights lobby Human Rights Agenda (HURIA) in 2012. The organisation has officers across the region who investigates, research, compile and document reports and all forms of human rights violation and push for action from relevant authorities.
Mr. Lule has traveled all over the world meeting various human rights organisation with an aim of gathering more experience on how to ensure Kenyans get the required services from the government and justice as well.
He has also contributed in the formulation of policies within Kwale County geared towards providing conducive environment for people, living with disabilities in Kwale County and propagating for equal rights.
Through HURIA Lule is always with the Kwale community at grass roots level engaging them and enabling them to stand-up for their rights and at the same time embrace peace.
[Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali. Photo/courtesy].
He is famously known as ‘Jicho Pevu’ or ‘Jicho la Simba’ . He earned the name from his investigative program Jicho Pevu on Kenya Television Network (KTN). Ali a renowned investigative reporter turned a politician to vie for the Nyali parliamentary seat iin 2017 which he successfully secured.
The legislature has been concentrating more on enabling children from less fortunate families to access education through the Constituency bursary program. Ali is working through elevating the infrastructure of school within his constituency.
Mohammed Ali is known to be a fearless political leader and who has been strongly opposing and criticising Mombasa County government and its entire leadership.
Mathias Hezron Shipetta
[Haki Africa Rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta during anti-SGR protests. Photo/ Ahmed Omar].
He tested the waters in politics back in 2017 only to realize that his heart was in activism.
He completely dropped politics and joined human rights activism. He joined Haki Africa human rights organisation as the Rapid Response Officer (RRO).
He admits that it is not an easy task anyway but since that where his heart is he is getting stronger and serving the community in whatever circumstances.
Shipetta has rubbed shoulder the wrong way with security agents, leading to his arrest and locked up in various police cells, but that would not deter him from pursuing justice for people across the Coast region and beyond.
He has been leading various protests including the current anti-SGR 100 percent cargo haulage order that has drawn the attention of the national government.
[MUHURI Rapid Response Officer Francis Auma. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Francis Auma is well known for his vigorous activism fighting for the rights of Kenyans. He has had ugly encounters with police officers in Mombasa. He has been arrested, rearrested, locked up in police cells and released unconditionally.
The fearless human rights defender would walk up and down in court rooms to ensure people who are seeking justice access it.
Auma is pained by the gross violation of human rights at the Coastal Kenya and he has traveled and camped in Lamu, Tana River, Garissa and the entire Coast region to ensure locals understand their rights, know the right channel to report such violation so as that they get justice.
He is the current Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) Rapid Response Officer and renowned, vocal and fearless Human rights defender.
[KECOSCE Programs Manager and youth Activist Hassan Kibwana. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
He is the current programs Manager at Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE)
Kibwana has focused more on matters revolving around the youth. He has been very instrumental in meeting the youth and educating them on the negative impact of indulging in criminal activities, drugs and more so fighting violent extremism among the Costal youth.
He initiated exchange programs where Coastal youth have had an engagement program with their colleagues from Nigeria with an aim of deterring them from joining terror networks.
Kibwana has worked in Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa Counties implementing the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and building peace among the youthful generation.
He also implemented a different program that aimed at bridging the gap between the youth and police officers.
[Young activist and Educationist Junaid Feisal. Photo/courtesy].
He is a young activist who is equally worried about the dwindling Mombasa economy over the 100 percent cargo haulage through the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). Feisal wants the government to be transparent enough over the matter. He is working together with the ‘Okoa Mombasa Coalition’ and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) in pushing the government to salvage Mombasa economy.
Mr. Feisal is also an educationist who wants the education sector within the Coast region to be valued and treated the same way the government is investing heavily in education in other parts of the country.
The human rights defender feels the Coast education sector has been for long time neglected a clear signal of the dismally performance in the region.
He has vowed to engage other partners in ensuring the education sector at the Coast is improved in terms of infrastructure and human resource.
[You are our heroes for selflessly and tirelessly serve the community in the whole of 2019]