Ninety five Persons living With Disabilities in Makueni County (PWD) have received assorted equipment worth Sh2 million from the National Fund for the Disabled Kenya (NFDK), Makueni County Commissioner Mr. Maalim Mohammed has announced.
Mohammed made the announcement on Wednesday outside his Wote office when he officiated the distribution of the assorted equipment to the beneficiaries.
He observed that tools would empower the PWDs engage in small income generating activities geared towards self-reliance.
Among the equipment donated to the beneficiaries included farm tools kit, sewing machines, air saloon kits, wheelchairs, crutches, leather work tool kit and welding tool kit.
“We must look for the welfare of the PWDs, they perform everything that a normal person can do, they are only physically challenged,” said Mohammed while addressing the media on Wednesday.
Consequently, the County Commissioner encouraged the PWDs to visit national administrative offices to get forms to apply for assistance from the NFDK.
“The forms for applying will be found at the nine Deputy County Commissioner’s offices, Assistant County Commissioners, chiefs and their assistants,” he said.
However, Mohammed assured the beneficiaries who did not come to take their equipment that they would be delivered through the Deputy County Commissioners in the sub counties.
“It has been a practice that the NFDK returned the uncollected equipment to Nairobi before, but now, I have consulted with them and agreed that they leave the equipment behind to be delivered to the beneficiaries through the deputy county commissioners,” said the county Commissioner.
Speaking at the same function, the NFDK Programme Officer Mr. Amos Okeyo said that they will give Sh15, 000 to one beneficiary to buy a goat in Mbooni Sub county.
However, he clarified that the monies will be channelled through Assistant county commissioner (ACC) who will liaise the livestock officer to buy the goat for the beneficiary.
Consequently, he cautioned the beneficiaries against selling of the equipment as they risked prosecution including the buyer.
At the same time, he encouraged parents with kids who were physically challenged to stop hiding them and instead urged them to take their kids to school.
“There are cases where children with disabilities are hidden in homes. I encourage parents who have not taken their kids to school to do so,” said Okeyo.
Speaking at the same event, Agnes Muthoka who has a child who is physically challenged said that she was grateful to the government saying her son would now access education without much difficulty.
“The wheel chair will enable me to take my son to school unlike before where I had difficulty taking to school,” said Ms Muthoka.