First Lady Lucy Kibaki has assured the Kenya Girl Guides Association (KGGA) that the Government is making plans to provide financial assistance to the association.
The First Lady said the Government was aware of the financial constraints the Kenya Girl Guides Association was facing and plans were under way to bail it out.
"As patron of the Kenya Girl Guides Association, I wish to assure you that the government is aware of the financial constraints being experienced and is making plans to provide financial assistance to the association," the First Lady said.
She was speaking Friday at the All Saints Cathedral during celebrations to mark the World Thinking Day, which commemorates the birth of founders of the guiding and scouting movement.
Noting that lack of adequate financial resources remained one of the key challenges constraining the growth of the movement in the country, the First Lady said that was the reason why she joined the Kenya Girl Guides Association in raising funds for the association in November last year.
The First Lady also took the opportunity to call on charitable organizations as well as individual members of the society to lend their support, both moral and financial, to enhance the growth of the movement in the country.
"I also urge members of the movement to expand and reach out to as many girls and young women in all parts of the country," the First Lady said.
She paid tribute to the founders of the guiding and scouting movement, Lord Baden Powell and Lady Baden Powell for their initiative, which continues to help young people grow into responsible citizens.
"Through their initiative, the movement has and continues to help young people grow into responsible citizens as espoused in the movement's mission," the First Lady said.
In view of the contribution made by the movement in shaping the lives of young people, the First Lady said it was imperative that deliberate efforts should be made to strengthen the movement.
Said the First Lady: "Indeed, it is for this reason that this day is also intended to put thoughts into action by raising funds for the World Thinking Fund. This fund is used to develop the movement in places where it does not currently exist."
The First Lady observed that the guiding and scouting movement is important as it is involved in activities, which are designed to mould the character, promote personal fitness and inculcate leadership qualities among young people.
She stressed that the movement's activities are designed to teach the youth to contribute to society, develop spiritually, encourage teamwork and acquire self-respect.
"The movement also empowers young people to strive for excellence, to be confident in their decisions and develop an understanding of all peoples in our diverse world," she added.
The First Lady said she valued the Girl Guide movement, recalling that she joined it when she was still at school and carried on promoting its activities up to date.
In this regard, she urged young girl guides to uphold the values espoused by their movement in order to grow up into respectable and dependable citizens.
The First Lady also took the opportunity to welcome visiting Girl Guide officials from other parts of Africa who are in the country to attend the celebrations so as to experience Kenyans' hospitality.
Other speakers included the International Commissioner of the Girl Guide movement Mrs. Rose Kioko, the Chairperson of the Africa Region Mrs. Honorine Kiplagat, the National Chairperson of the girl guide association Mrs. Susan Mudhune and Chief Commissioner Mrs. Wamunyu Mahinda.