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Dorcas Rigathi Champions for Boy-Child Empowerment in Europe

Second Lady Pastor Dorcas Rigathi. PHOTO/X

In a recent gathering in Belgium, Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, the spouse of Kenya’s Deputy President, Rigathi Gachagua, passionately advocated for the well-being of the boy-child and underscored the importance of supporting and nurturing their dreams and aspirations.


Addressing the audience during a dinner meeting, Pastor Dorcas Rigathi passionately said, “We love the boy-children and we are taking care of you, we have your back, and back at home we are saying it is time to protect the seed carrier and get them from depression and frustrations and mainstream them to the level that they can achieve their dreams and vision.”

This heartfelt message comes as part of her “boy-child campaign,” which has gained recognition for its efforts to address the unique challenges faced by young men in Kenya.

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Pastor Dorcas Rigathi is accompanying Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who is representing President William Ruto at the Gateway summit hosted by the European Union. The summit, she highlighted, holds significant importance for the boy-child, particularly in the fields of digital innovation, green energy, transport, healthcare, and education.

The spouse of the Deputy President, Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, speaks during a forum for Kenyans in the Belgium diaspora in Brussels, Belgium, on October 24, 2023. [PHOTO/ DPCS[]
The spouse of the Deputy President, Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, speaks during a forum for Kenyans in the Belgium diaspora in Brussels, Belgium, on October 24, 2023. [PHOTO/ DPCS[]

She also shared plans to engage with Gent University, exploring opportunities for collaboration in providing care for individuals living with special needs and learning from the university’s best practices in this regard.

Notably, Pastor Dorcas Rigathi received an accolade on September 9, 2023, during the Africa Public Sector Awards and Conference Awards (APSCA) 2023. She was honored with the ‘Outstanding Catalyst in Vulnerable Empowerment Award’ for her tireless work empowering the boy-child and supporting widows, orphans, and people with disabilities in Kenya.

Accepting the award, Pastor Dorcas expressed her gratitude, saying, “I thank God for the honor bestowed on me by the award of the Africa Outstanding Catalyst in Vulnerable Empowerment Award during the Public Sector Conference and Awards 2023. I appreciate my husband, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, for 35 years who has always been supportive because I would not have made it, even to those drug dens without his encouragement and support; and together with my boy children.”

She further emphasized the collaborative nature of her work, stating, “I also cannot take this award and say it’s mine, the work you’ve seen is a collaboration of many partners and people who have believed in my vision and have worked hand in hand; with ministries and government departments. Many times when you hear stories about the public sector, you only hear the negative but we have public servants who dedicate their time to make sure the world runs better.”

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The Africa Public Sector Awards and Conference Awards (APSCA) 2023, where Pastor Dorcas Rigathi was honored, aims to recognize individuals, departments, and ministries in the public service sector who have selflessly worked for the betterment of society.

Other recipients at the awards ceremony included the Ghana Library Authority, awarded ‘Most Promising Public Sector Agency of the Year,’ and the Kenya Revenue Authority, recognized as ‘Public Sector Brand of the Year,’ among others.


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