By Diaspora Insurance News
Advocacy group, Kenyan Women in Germany (KWIG) held its fifth annual general meeting (AGM) in Frankfurt last weekend with founder and President Jacky Kuhn saying they are now looking to extend their programmes beyond helping with integration.
Supported by Diaspora Insurance, which was represented by CEO Jeff Madzingo and Executive Director Dr Sibert Mandega, the AGM was attended by Kenya’s Ambassador to Germany, Tom Amolo, as well as representatives of United Nations agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
Kuhn commended Ambassador Amolo “for opening the door to Kenyans in Germany and your commitment to drumming support from other embassies and German authorities when we have knocked on your door, over and over again.”
The IOM, she added, had also been crucial when “we, as diaspora, needed … help to support African migrants that were fleeing the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.”
Ambassador Amolo lamented the loss of life in the local Kenyan community and urged people to sign up with companies such as Diaspora Insurance so that families do not struggle with their finances in times of bereavement.
Diaspora Insurance Executive Director, Dr Sibert Mandega said the company works closely with community groups across the African diaspora, particularly women’s groups.
He said the company’s flagship funeral cash plan helps bereaved families avoid having to appeal for help or go into debt to cover funeral expenses.
Established more than a decade ago and based in the United Kingdom, Diaspora Insurance now covers some 13 African diaspora nationalities across the world.
Meanwhile, KWIG was established to help Kenyan women in Germany integrate into the local a community and now boasts a membership of more than 2,500.
“We help Kenyans and other communities – both newbies and oldies – to navigate their way and integrate in this new community across the regions of Germany,” said group president Kuhn.
“Kwig is growing and extending its outreach work beyond integration support and also walking tall into the policy space where we want to make sure that the national discussions on integration, citizenship, education, and health of migrants in Germany has our voice.
“Also we are walking into global platforms to ensure that these are filled with migrant voices and concerns.”
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