Kenya Missing and Unidentified Persons (KMUPS) is a Community-Based Organization helping families locate their missing or unidentified persons, unclaimed human remains and runaways who may be facing abuse, without charging them even one shilling.
Launched May 2012, the Organization works closely with law enforcement officers, various agencies and the public. It depends on volunteers to report missing persons if they see them anaywhere and has also taken to social media to help families in the search and identification of their loved ones.
According to the CBO, “Our Mission as a Community Based Organization of volunteers is to promote a nationwide sensitization campaign of reporting and locating missing persons with various agencies.”
KMUPS says it aims to be a world-class organization helping families to search missing persons, report unidentified persons and runaways and those who may be facing abuse. KMUPS says it does this through professionalism, cooperation, equity, responsiveness and care.
The CBO profiles missing people on its site, allows families to register a lost relative or loved one and helps the families track the individuals through its channels. However, at the moment KMUPS does not investigate the incidents as its aim at the moment is to give publicity, educate and constantly alert its followers of a missing Kenyan and asks them to either report back or to the police if they have any information.
Families post photos of their loved ones freely on the CBO’s Website, Facebook page, Twitter handle then it engages the public on a day-to-day search or mention of someone who went missing. It also gives safety tips to followers on social media to avoid kidnap.
With over 10,000 followers on Twitter and over 6,000 likes on Facebook, and the growing number of both internet and mobile phone users in the country, the CBO says it gets easier alerting people than using expensive ads on Radio or TV.
“With that in mind chances are that one of the reposts(retweet) of a repost(retweet) of a post(tweet) might make its way into the profile/timeline of a friend(follower) who might have spotted the Missing Person and/or can provide vital information to the police regarding whereabouts of an abducted person,” KMUPS concludes.
And being a Non-profit Organization KMUPS does not charge for services but depend entirely on donations, grants and gifts from companies, organizations, and individuals like me and you.
“We request that this support come from other members of the community, rather than the families of the missing. You can donate here or become a volunteer or partner to support it handle missing cases, distribute flyers or just spread the word out.
Volunteers can help maintain and update a National Database of Missing Persons, monitoring and evaluate projects done in partnership with law enforcement agencies,hospitals,mortuaries and the public or be part of the safety education or community outreach team raising awareness.