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Social Workers in Kakamega County Rally for Recognition and Government Support to Transform the Community

By Seliphar Machoni

Social workers in Kakamega County are urging the government to recognize their profession and provide essential support to empower them in their mission to uplift the communities they serve.

During the commemoration of International Social Workers Day 2024, they underscored their grassroots involvement through Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs).

Fredrick Omollo, founder of Matungu Rural Poverty Alleviation (MARPA), emphasized social workers’ grasp of various development cycles and their pivotal role in advocating for community progress. He highlighted the importance of adhering to professional ethics, stating, “Social work, as a profession, just like any other, has its code of ethics.”

Activist Christabel Ilolo stressed the significant duties social workers undertake, including connecting community members with resources, combating illiteracy, and addressing poverty. She emphasized the need for government financial support, stating, “I urge the government to support social workers in performing their duties since the main challenge they face is lack of funding.”

Gerry Mwanzi, Branch Secretary for the Kenya Association of Social Workers in Kakamega, reiterated their commitment to adopting innovative approaches to better serve communities in the county and the Western Region.

Simeon Muhati Mukoshi, National Organizing Secretary for the Kenya Association of Social Workers, called on Members of Parliament to expedite the passing of The Institute of Social Work Professionals Bill, 2023. He emphasized the potential benefits of the bill, stating, “Once enacted into law, the Bill will help streamline the sector and assist many youths who have entered into the social work profession.”

Muhati also advocated for utilizing social workers’ expertise to provide psychosocial support in educational institutions to minimize unrest and promote stability.

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