Niko Fiti caravan visits Kitale

Niko Fiti, Kenya Re’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, seeks to empower persons living with disability (PWDs) to undertake their daily operations with minimal dependency. This enables them to have access to education and employment thus resulting in economic growth. It is geared towards eradicating the stigma that disabled people face by creating awareness about their condition. Kenya Re has called for increased inclusion and opportunities among people living with disability to enable them to participate in the country’s economic development agenda. 

 

Speaking with the campaign partners, Kenya Re’s Managing Director, Mr. Jadiah Mwarania, said, “Our social responsibility stems from a national duty that calls for the inclusion of all persons in social and economic activities. Since inception of the project, we have assisted over 4000 Kenyans living with disabilities and it is our hope that, together with our partners, we will advance this further in the coming months.” Disabled beneficiaries in Kitale were given 250 assistive and mobility devices through the Niko Fiti – Ability Beyond Disability campaign. 

Kenya Re’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Gladys Mwangi distributed walking frames, walking canes, wheelchairs, special seats and tricycles at Kitale Referral Hospital. Upon receiving the devices, the beneficiaries attested that their lives would change for the better. Having learnt so much, they can now adequately boost their income to provide for their families. They added that they will advise others back at home to register with APDK and be future beneficiaries of similar initiatives. The beneficiaries reiterated that the devices will enhance functional independence and make daily living tasks easier by helping them travel, communicate with others, learn, work and participate in social and recreational activities. 

 

Access to these devices is a precondition for achieving equal opportunities, enjoying human rights and living in dignity. Disability increases the possibility of falling into poverty by being excluded from participation in development initiatives. In this regard, Kenya Re in conjunction with APDK conducted a two-day training workshop for the beneficiaries to equip them with various skills, which will enable them to start their own businesses seamlessly. Ms. Mwangi said the Corporation was working with other partners to support disabled persons, adding that this would expose them to economic opportunities. ‘’We are striving with other partners, the Standard Group and Association for Physically Disabled of Kenya, to ensure the disabled cope with life by providing them with mobility devices,” she said. 

 

Standard Group North Rift Commercial Executive Irene Rota, who represented acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Orlando Lyomu, said the Corporation was passionate about supporting the disabled as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. “As a company we will continue to provide the Niko Fiti campaigns with the desired visibility and publicity, thereby helping to raise public awareness of the plight of people with disabilities,” she said. 

Association for Physically Disabled of Kenya Chairman, Fred Owako urged the Government and society to support the disabled and provide them with basic needs without discrimination. Mr. Owako called for the provision of proper healthcare for pregnant women to reduce the number of cases of disabilities as a result of poor nutrition and healthcare. He also called for the passage of laws related to disabilities to make way for the recognition and representation of the disabled to improve their livelihoods. He accused some parents of hiding their disabled children and failing to provide them with basic needs. “You should not see a disabled child as a burden but instead support them to access education and healthcare and expose them to opportunities,” said Owako. Nandi Deputy Governor, Ms. Yulita Cheruiyot and Health Executive, Ms. Ruth Koech also attended the event.

 

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