KNA Persons Living with Disability (PLD) at Talek area in Narok West Sub-county have all the reasons to smile after the Rotary Club International donated mobility aid equipment worth Sh. 10 Million.
Rotary Club International Advisor Kelvin Pitts, said the equipment given include 32 wheel chairs, 42 pairs of clutches, 36 social workers and 9 special team workers.
Pitts asked the people to use the devices wisely, saying the club will closely work with the persons living with disability with an aim of continuing giving them support.
Further, the club advisor called on the community to support persons living with disability, saying they also have special talents and when supported they too can grow the economy of the country.
“We will come back next year to monitor the progress so that we continue helping each other. We believe that together we will make a better society,” he said.
The devices were donated at Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF) hospital located at Talek area yesterday.
Meitamei Dapash, an environmentalist and Maasai leader confirmed that persons living with disability in the area encounter many challenges, as they do not have equipment to help them live a normal life.
He lauded Rotary club for their help saying hundreds of persons living with disability in the area have a reason to smile as they will lead a comfortable normal life, calling on any person with mobility problems to come to pick the equipment.
Nevertheless, Dapash expressed displeasure with the way the government was handling persons living with disability, claiming that the devices that were donated from Arizona, took time to enter the country because of the high taxation by the Kenyan Government.
He explained that they were forced to use the Ugandan route to evade high taxation for the equipment to enter the country.
Dapash wondered why the members of Parliament would import cars duty free, while important equipment like wheelchairs were being charged a lot of tax.
“One wheel chair costs about Sh 30, 000 and clutches at 4, 000 which many people cannot afford. We should be grateful when we receive such donations by allowing them duty free in the country,” he said.
Tokero Ole Lepore, an elderly man who lives with disability said the donation has motivated him to know that there are people who think positively about persons living with disability.
“The simple action you have shown to persons living with disability means a lot. The donation could look little but it has really impacted positively on our lives,” said Ole Lepore