NGOs board awards Sonko Rescue Team, lauds its humanitarian acts

Senator Mike Sonko with members of the 'Sonko Rescue Team' in Nairobi on Thursday, June 8, 2017. /JULIUS OTIENO
Senator Mike Sonko with members of the 'Sonko Rescue Team' in Nairobi on Thursday, June 8, 2017. /JULIUS OTIENO

The NGO Coordination Board has awarded Sonko Rescue Team as the best performing charity organization in the country.

Chief executive Fazul Mohammed presented the recognition award and a trophy to Senator Mike Sonko.

This was during the Jubilee Nairobi aspirants' strategy meeting at Stedmak hotel on Thursday.

Fazul said that the organisation, which , has been steadfast in responding to humanitarian needs in the capital.

"Sonko Rescue Team has helped the vulnerable, it has responded emergencies and offered free health services," he said.

He revealed that the Board was reaching out to donors to help the Team so that it can reach as many people as possible.

"This organisation is not like others. The county has requested me several times to close down Sonko Rescue Team but I told them no," he said.

Speaking while receiving the award, Sonko outlined how his organisation has helped many poor residents.

"Today as we speak, we have ferried 18 bodies upcountry using our hearses. We took several others to hospitals using our ambulances."

The organisation carries out a number of services but these have been argued should be the county's responsibility.

They include garbage collection, sinking boreholes, supplying water to slum dwellers and offering free emergency services.

It has a fleet of vehicles including a hearse, ambulance, water bowser, garbage truck, and a limousine for weddings.

The senator, now governor candidate, said the organisation has also acquired pothole patching machine to repair the roads in the city.

On Sunday, ODM Nairobi woman representative Esther Passaris claimed the government is funding the organisation to frustrate Governor Evans Kidero's administration.


But Sonko refuted the claims saying the team is being funded by donors who have been impressed by the work it has done.

"We have donors from France, Spain, Germany and Belgium who are willing to help us."

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