International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking (IDADA) day celebrations take place annually on the 26th of June. It is marked to celebrate the gains made by all stakeholders dealing with drug abuse & illicit trafficking including drug abuse survivors.
This year KEYNET* and CCABO-Kenya* joined hands as organizers to create the first ever International Day celebration in Kakamega County. The event was held at Shianda P.A.G Church compound of Mumias East Sub County a location which is one of the most prone area to violent extremism and drugs trafficking percentage in Kakamega. The larger Mumias/ Butere district borders Bungoma and Busia County which is well known for trafficking drugs and illicit brews to the country.
The Kakamega County IDADA celebration activity was within the organization’s Advocacy program that targets vulnerable persons, youth and children to live health life. The program aims at Community social mobilization and advocacy for health and hygiene promotion and also create demand for increased uptake of key health and hygiene promotion interventions. The event was partially facilitated by County Government of Kakamega and NACADA.
The theme of day was: #LISTEN FIRST! Listening to Children & Youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.
The aim of the celebration was to:
ü Analyze the drug and alcohol abuse situation in the county
ü To increase the understanding of the UN Drug Policy, control and conventions.
ü To strengthen the network of Kakamega Community Anti-Drug & Alcohol Coalition
ü To promote cooperation between stakeholders active in the same area i.e two level of governments and civil societies.
ü To examine the Rights of the child in order to develop better methods to protect children
ü Develop a long term strategy for the socio-economic development of the county.
The turnout was over than the expected number i.e. 800 people vs. 500 people that we had initially targeted to attend.
Kakamega county residents now understands what IDADA stands for and why it’s important to mark the day in their annual calendar.
Need to strengthen and cooperation among stakeholders in ADA field was realized.
UNODC Executive director recognized our event and his official statement was read like any other celebrations globally.
Support and attendance in person by NACADA Regional Manager as keynet we find it a big achievement being the second time now in our events.
Read the whole report here: Kakamega Idada Day Report.
* Kenya Economic Youth Network (KEYNET) is a community Based organization working at all levels of community with young people and women to bring about positive change in their lives through socio-economical and governance.
* Community Capacity Building Organization Kenya’s (CCABO) mission is geared towards enhancement of integrated framework for community empowerment and participation for sustainable development.