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  • After
    months of waiting, Facebook has announced 100 groups globally which have been
    chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative
    that invests in people building communities.
  • Six
    Kenyan Facebook groups made it to the list, making Kenya the only country in
    Africa with the highest number of groups chosen.
  • Out of
    the 100 Facebook fellows, five Kenyans were selected and will be awarded up to
    $50,000 each for their various community efforts.

Six Kenyans are set to walk away with millions of shillings and effectively become the new millionaires in town after they were recognized and chosen by Facebook to serve as community leaders in residence, fellows, and youth participants.

After
months of waiting, Facebook has announced 100 groups globally which have been
chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative
that invests in people building communities.

Six
Kenyan Facebook groups made it to the list, making Kenya the only country in
Africa with the highest number of groups chosen.


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Mark Zuckerberg (Medium)

 

There
were two categories of winners, community leaders in residence and fellows.

Out of
the 115 participants selected, Facebook granted the role of community leaders
in residence to five people who will each receive up to $1,000,000 in funding
to build communities.

Kenyan
entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa
through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club is the only African who
made it to the prestigious list.


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One of the five community leaders in residence selected is Kenyan Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club. (Facebook Newsroom)

Out of
the 100 Facebook fellows, five Kenyans were selected and will be awarded up to
$50,000 each for their various community efforts.

The five
Kenyans are Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Founder whose aim is to promote
healthy living by cooking healthy homemade meals, Truphosah Monah, founder of
Women and Realities of Disability (WARD), a Facegroup  which  seeks to create awareness in Kenya about the
lives of disabled women, Caroline Kihusa, founder  of Still A Mum Trust whose aim is to create
an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support, Felista Wangari,
admin at 52-week money challenge, Kenya, a place to share knowledge and ideas
on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management and Asha Mweru an
admin at #WomenWorkKE!, a group which brings together driven, like-minded
Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions.

Also read: 14 Africans set to walk away with $50,000 each after making it into the 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program


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Kenyan entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali. (Facebook)

Business
Insider SSA caught up with Pamellah Oduor, one of the Facebook 2018 winners to
get a glimpse of behind the scenes action of how the she came to be the winner
and millionaire all while sitting down and clicking away.

“I am
extremely excited and humbled, how many billions of people are in Facebook
(lets out a celebratory laugh) we are many so the fact that you can be recognized
by Facebook and even go to their head office and have a sit down with the
owners it is a very nice recognition  and I am extremely happy,”
She said.

While
Pamellah is over the moon now and can afford to rest easy, the process was not
a walk in the park and she had to go through a meticulous process each one
harder than the last one. Facebook announced the launch of the program early
this year and then called for applications from all over the world.


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Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Founder whose aim is to promote healthy living by cooking healthy homemade meals. (courtesy)

Over
35,000 people applied for the program and after a laborious scrutiny, Facebook
employees and external community experts selected the 100 community leaders

“First we
had to apply, after applying we were notified by Facebook that we had been
shortlisted and then we had to go through another series of interviews where
you send a short Video showing what your group is all about and what you do
with your group etc. after that there was vetting whereby you had to go through
all relevant authorities for background and security checks and get clearance
from Criminal Investigations Department to make sure you had good conduct,”
Pamellah explained.

That was
not all however; Pamellah then had to undergo a lifestyle audit too to ensure
that she was running her group in an honest and legal manner.

There were auditors who were involved who were
supposed to confirm your lifestyle, that is go back and collaborate what you
had stated you were doing to earn a living in your application was indeed true,
since they didn’t want someone whom they could not tell where they were getting
their source of funds and financial activities,”

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Truphosah Monah, founder of Women and Realities of Disability (WARD), a Facegroup  which  seeks to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of disabled women. (Facebook)

For
months Facebook officials covertly checked group activities by joining groups
with Pseudo accounts and within the safety of their offices quietly observe how
group admins were running the group, how they were shaping discussions to how
they handed members who had violated the group’s policy.

Months
later after gathering enough data they would then either advice the admins to
apply for the program or simply post the information on the group.


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Felista Wangari, admin at 52-week money challenge, Kenya, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management. (Potentash)

After a
rigorous and extensive monitoring backed by online and offline activities,
Facebook was convinced Let’s Cook Kenyans Meals indeed met the par and had even
exceeded their expectations.

One of
the main criteria used to select the 100 global groups was checking the impact
the group was having in the society, online and offline.

 “it was mainly about how much impact you are
creating in a society and how focus a group towards its theme if for instance
you are the admin of 52-week money challenge are you actually getting Kenyans
to save, if you are the admin of Let’s cook Kenyans meals are you actually
getting Kenyans to cook homemade meals?  And apart from cooking what other
thing are you doing to positively impact the society, that was what Facebook
was considering in their search for  the
2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program,”
Pamellah divulged.


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Caroline Kihusa, founder  of Still A Mum Trust whose aim is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support. (Mummy Tales)

Over the
years Let’s cook Kenyan meals Facebook group while at the heart of it has
stayed true to its cause that is promoting healthy lifestyle by eating healthy
foods, the group has also evolved to undertaking  a number of charitable
activities from coming to the aid of Kenyans whenever a tragedy occurs such as
Garissa Terrorist Attack, Flooding at Reuben Kwa Njenga Slums, Huruma Building
Collapse, Kilifi Drought, Fire at Langata Kijiji and more recently advocating
for the rights and dignity of the boy child, all which played to Facebook’s
heart of what a community ought to be online and offline.

“They
have been following very closely what we have been doing over the past years, I
remember when there was flooding in South C estate  in Nairobi some time
back we marshaled our members and raised the issue until it was given airtime
on Citizen TV, so they were just checking the impact groups and communities
have in societies”


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#WomenWorkKE!, a group which brings together driven, like-minded Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions. (Facebook)

 

Having
been recognized as one of Facebook’s 2018 Community Leadership Program leaders,
Pamellah is determined to fly the Kenyan flag high on the international stage.

“I am
sure it will open doors for me because I am going to meet other people there,
get a chance to sample other cuisines from different parts of the world but
more importantly market and popularize Kenyan dishes abroad  so I am very
delighted,”  
Said Pamellah.

She will
be flying out of the country on 7th October to attend the 2018 Community
Leadership Program summit at Facebook Head Office at Menlo Park, California to
be held from 9th – 12th October 2018.



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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
SEE ALSO: Working from home could be blessing in disguise for persons with disabilities
Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health

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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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