World NGO day is an annual international observance on the 27th of February to recognize the contribution of non-governmental organizations in society.
The day was celebrated first in 2010 and has since become an annual event that highlights the role of NGOs in the world.
The day is also set aside to celebrate the people behind those organizations as they contribute a lot to society.
An NGO is a non-governmental organization that is non-profit and operates without the influence of the government. They are usually key players in the fields of development, human rights, humanitarian aid, and gender equality, among others.
The theme of this year is “the role and influence of NGO’S in advancing human rights, addressing social and environmental challenges, and achieving sustainable development goals.”
2023 World NGO day’s objectives include:
To honour the charitable people who support NGO’S seeing them succeed.
To increase public awareness of such organizations worldwide.
To encourage participation by others through raising awareness.
On this day, volunteers and supporters from all over the world come together to celebrate and recognize the objectives and contributions of non-profit organizations worldwide.
Statistically, there are ten million plus NGOs worldwide. Workers who work in NGOs are fifty million plus worldwide and the event is marked and celebrated in ninety-six plus countries.
Many organizations in Kenya cater for persons with disabilities in many different capacities. Here are a few to be celebrated;
United Disabled Persons Of Kenya (UDPK) which seeks to increase the authenticity and capacities of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and persons with disabilities to effectively represent and advocate for their rights at national and county levels.
Short Stature Society of Kenya, provides support and information for Persons with short stature.
Kenya Association for the intellectually Handicapped and United Disabled persons of Kenya. There is also a non profit organization called The Northern nomadic Disabled persons organization (NONDO).It advocates for the rights, inclusion and participation of persons with Disabilities in the nomadic counties and communities in Kenya.
Albinism Society of Kenya seeks social inclusion and enhances the self-esteem of Persons with Albinism. ASK also exists to facilitate access to accurate and authoritative information about albinism and to provide a place where people with albinism and their families, in Kenya, can find acceptance, support, and fellowship.
United Nations also plays a key role in the disability sphere by ensuring that the complete realization of the human rights of all persons with disabilities is an inalienable, integral, and indivisible part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
World NGO Day is an opportunity for charities to share their stories and raise awareness for their causes. NGOs can also use this day to generate visibility and funds for their good causes.
BY MARGARET MUGO