Robbery at ANPPCAN Regional Office
For a long time God has been merciful and faithful to ANPPCAN Regional Office based in Kenya; where it is registered as an International NGO. With meager resources we have been able to fulfill our mandate for child protection and managed to keep up with the new technology. The new technology has enhanced our activities and reduced the cost of providing services to children through our network and partners.
On Monday 18 July at 2.00 a.m. we faced a major setback. Thieves entered our premises and raided all our computers, printers and other valuable items which we have acquired over the years under rather difficult circumstances, as resources for regional networks are often not forthcoming. This has been a real let down to everyone at our Head Office and left us cursing the devil and wondering what went wrong.
Nonetheless, we have since learnt that there are a number of organizations that have suffered the same fate in Nairobi of recent. There was no office at our premises that was not broken into, ransacked and all valuable items taken.
Although wealth creation through theft should be condemned and the culprits apprehended and sent to jail, the unemployment amongst the youth and adults in Kenya, is a factor not to be ignored. The high cost of living in an environment where the majority of people live below one dollar a day, exacerbates the situation, not to mention that everywhere building construction is taking place with all sorts of characters seeking employment, some of who are of questionable character. Woe to you if you are in the neighbourhood of such ventures as the workers on site, it seems, also watch your steps keenly as often they are not only paid peanuts but forced to endlessly wait for such pay. Hence the mockery of all security details one may have. To these people it is their method of equitable distribution of resources, as sad as it may appear.
Nonetheless it is fortunate that no life was lost, but it left us shaken and with a lot of insecurity in our hearts. As a dear friend and partner of ANPPCAN, a supporter who often supports our efforts and regularly visits our website, facebook and twitter and sends us encouraging messages, we decided to share our loss with you. Our spirits are very low and truly need your support.
Thank you very much for being there for us.
PHILISTA AND STAFF AT ANPPCAN REGIONAL OFFICE