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Improving the lives of people living with disability

Being a man, Abraham Kosgey knew that he had to take care of his family despite living with disability and therefore once he married, he started looking for jobs to enable him provide for them.

Kosgey whose right hand got burnt when he was a child started off as a farm hand where he used to be paid Sh50 per day. “Due to the condition of my hand, I had been hired to water crops something I could comfortably do,” he said.

The person who had hired him later opened a barber business at Sergoit trading centre in Keiyo North Sub County and asked Kosgey to assist him run the business as he had opened a shop which he was operating.

“By then I had two children and having nothing to do I decided to try my luck as I needed the money,” he told KNA in Iten

Kosgey says he was not paid for some time and after demanding for his dues, the owner of the business told him to take the shaving machine and continue with the business as his payment. This was a major setback in his life but it opened doors for him he could never have imagined.

The 45-year-old father of four says the machine was nothing to write home about as it was very old and worn out. But an idea came to him and he went to the department of social services where he applied to the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya (NFDK) to be given a shaving tool kit.

“I applied for the tool kit from the NFDK and in 2014 I got my machine,” he said.

Kosgey thanked his former employer for introducing him to the business because after he got his tool kit, he just continued with his business. “I maintained the shop and also the customers which provided a strong foundation for my business,” he said.

He  says he earns Sh300-Sh500 per day monies which have enabled him meet his needs saying he has educated his children two who have cleared their form four while currently he has two children in secondary school.

Kosgey recently applied for a welding machine which he got this week, which he said he will use to diversify his income.

For David Kimeli it was all joy after he received a wheel chair for his daughter Sharon Jerono who is in class 8 at Kobil intergrated primary school.

He said his daughter had a wheel chair before but could no longer use it after it got faulty, adding that getting someone to repair it was quite difficult.

Kimeli said he used to experience challenges especially at home saying while there are wheel chairs in school, the pupils cannot come with them at home.

“I am grateful for this wheel chair as it will ease her movements at home and even within the locality,” he said.

Kosgey and Jerono are part of the 63 people from the county who benefitted from wheel chairs, hearing aids and various tools to enable them engage in various economic activities to earn a living.

Isaac Alia from the NFDK said 16 beneficiaries have already benefitted from Keiyo North, while a further 21 from Keiyo South, Marakwet West (14) and Marakwet East 12 people will benefit at a cost of Sh1.6 million.

Alia called on parents with children living with disability to enroll them in different technical institutions, saying this will be to their advantage as when they have some technical skills then the tools become of more value to them.

“We are also appealing to the applicants to request for tools in line with their skills to reap maximum benefit,” he said.

Noting that the government was doing everything possible to address challenges faced by people living with disability, Alia said apart from individuals, institutions like schools dealing with children with special needs are also encouraged to apply for funding.

“The fund has been sponsoring construction of facilities which are friendly to people living with disabilities including construction of classes, libraries and other infrastructure in schools,” he said.

Addressing the same gathering, Keiyo North DCC Julius Maiyo advised them against selling the tools saying some sell them at throwaway prices thus negating the government’s efforts.

Maiyo called on chiefs and their assistants to sensitize wananchi through barazas on the application for assistance so that many people could apply.

He also advised PLWD and caregivers to ensure they are registered with the National Council for People Living with Disability to access benefits like bursaries, tools and tenders from government.



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