Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko received a prestigious national award on Thursday (8/06/17) for his humanitarian efforts through his initiative, the Sonko Rescue Team (SRT).
SRT was named the Best Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Kenya by the NGO Coordination Board.
According to the board’s Chief Executive Officer Fazul Mahamed, the board awards the recognition to one local NGO and an international NGO annually.
“Sonko Rescue Team is one of the NGOs we have highlighted that is doing good work. It has done a lot of humanitarian interventions in the county of Nairobi, from the water sector, sanitation, health and emergency response,” he explained.
Mr Mahamed also noted that the NGO Board would link SRT with donors as well as technical support.
Senator Sonko was presented with the award during a ‘Team Nairobi’ meeting, that was attended by various Nairobi politicians among them Sonko’s running-mate Polycarp Igathe, Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh and Senator hopeful Johnson Sakaja .
The flamboyant Senator registered his initiative recently as a non-profit organisation.
Mahamed certified the registration on May 4, in line with section 10 of the NGOs Act.
Senator Mike Sonko launched the team in January 2015 to offer Nairobi residents services including ambulance, hearse, breakdown, wedding transport, water, security and emergency response.
The services have extended to several other parts of the country.
The team’s entourage includes a Land Cruiser, Limousine, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and a Hummer.
In February, the Sonko team offered free medical camps across Nairobi during the doctors strike that crippled the health sector countrywide.
The team offered pharmacy services, free laboratory tests and free ultrasound scan services.
Other services included, free eyeglasses, free cervical and prostate cancer screening, free family planning and free HIV counselling and testing and free NHIF registration.