TOURISM, SPORTS, GENDER, CULTURE AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Mission

The department exists to formulate, mainstream and implement responsive policies through coordinated strategies for sustained and balanced socio-cultural, sports, recreation, empowerment of vulnerable, marginalized groups and areas for economic development of the county.

Vision

The department envisions a sustainable, equitable and socio-culturally developed county offering vibrant sports, recreation and economic empowerment for all.

The department’s mandate is to promote balanced socio-cultural and recreational activity while empowering vulnerable and marginalized groups through coordinated strategies by formulation, mainstreaming and implementation of responsive policies.

Development projects to be undertaken in FY 2019/2020 include: purchasing of assorted cultural artifacts/trophies; upgrading of 20 ward play grounds; construction of the Homa bay County Stadium which is ongoing; purchasing of assorted assistive devices for those abled differently; purchasing of sports equipment and construction of a cultural centre at Ndiru Kagan.

During the period July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, the department continued working on the construction of Homa Bay County Stadium. On-going works on the stadium include construction of a terrace pavilion, a football field with natural grass and an 8-lane athletics truck.

The total contract sum for the stadium project phase 1 amounts to KSh. 369 million out of which the amount already paid is KSh. 97,585,871.60 (including commitments) for the on-going works.

During the period July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, the department continued working on the construction of Homa Bay County Stadium. On-going works on the stadium include construction of a terrace pavilion, a football field with natural grass and an 8-lane athletics truck. The total contract sum for the stadium project phase 1 amounts to KSh. 369 million out of which the amount already paid is KSh. 97,585,871.60 (including commitments) for the on-going works.

Under Social Development and Empowerment Services, the department is currently working with all the other county departments and national government ministries to ensure that the legal requirement for Women, Youth and Persons living with disabilities to access 30% AGPO is implemented.

Gender-based violence campaigns have been carried out to curb inhibitive cultural practices such as wife battering, widow inheritance, early marriages and child labor practices. Other gender mainstreaming initiatives have targeted the exploitation of women at the beaches in fish-for-sex transactions popularly known ‘jaboya’, Cane- cutters ‘Obanda’ and boda boda riders.

PLWD issues are being mainstreamed through medical screening and registration with the National Council for Persons living with Disability, sensitization on affirmative action and promotion of a disability-friendly environment that is being undertaken by our Social Development Assistants who are stationed in all the sub counties.

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