59 physically disabled people from Mwingi and Migwani towns of Kitui county have today(Wednesday) benefited with equipment worth 1.2 million shillings from the Association of Physically Disabled Kenya (APDK).
Speaking in Mwingi, Joyce Mutua, Ag APDK CEO challenged the beneficiaries to start income generating ventures in a bid to become self-reliant, create wealth and employment for others.
Mrs Mutua underscored the need for attitudinal change amongst people living with disabilities from relying on handouts to eking out a living on their own.
‘The provision of these equipment to the disabled people is a paradigm shift from giving them stipends whose flow in erratic due to delayed funding, ‘ said the CEO.
Mrs Mutua observed that distributed kits if put into proper use,will help disabled persons break even, entangle themselves from the yoke of poverty and hopelessness.
‘The salon kits, knitting machines, barber tools, sewing machines, ploughs, wheelchairs, livestock, wielding materials among others will help improve the recipients’ livelihoods, ‘ she noted.
The CEO warned the beneficiaries against selling the kits adding that anyone found culpable will face the wrath of the law.
‘Remember that the long arm of the law will catch up with you. Don’t be deceived by anybody to sell these kits, ‘ she cautioned the recipients.
Mrs Mutua urged the beneficiaries to use the equipment received for personal growth and economic development.
Commenting on flagship projects undertaken by the association, the CEO said that Kaundu School for the Mentally Handicapped in Mwingi received Sh 2.5 million to construct an ultra-modern kitchen and dining hall.
On the same score, she said that AIC Migwani for the Disabled School received Sh 2.5 million to put up an administration block.
Omar Dima, Mwingi Central Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner called on parents with disabled children to come forth and receive support to educate their children.
‘We are creating awareness across the Sub-County imploring guardians and parents of disabled children to come out of hiding and tap on government support to raise their children normally, ‘ disclosed Omar.