Zetech University has embarked on a transformative partnership with Partners for Care and Lions Club International, aimed at empowering individuals with disabilities and their parents within Kiambu County.
Speaking during the official launch of the initiative, the Vice Chancellor of Zetech University said that the effort envisions providing essential assistive and mobility devices, along with other resources, to physically handicapped residents and students.
He added that these resources are not only designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities but also to equip their parents with the means to initiate income-generating activities.
“The initiative holds great promise, as it addresses multiple facets of the challenges faced by people with disabilities (PWDs),” the VC stated as he personally handed over 25 tricycles to beneficiaries.
He emphasized that this partnership’s core objective is to facilitate access to education for disabled learners while empowering handicapped parents economically.
Prof Munene underscored the profound impact of providing PWDs with mobility, stating that it not only alleviates their mental distress but also contributes to improved self-esteem, social stability, and the ability to self-sustain.
“This is the way to go. Persons Living with Disabilities often suffer as they endlessly rely on support from their families and society. Empowering them with the right tools and capital to start income-generating activities will break this cycle of dependency,” he added.
Furthermore, the VC stressed the importance of ending the practice of concealing children with physical disabilities.
Additionally, he urged parents and caregivers to expose these children to receive support from well-wishers and highlighted the numerous government and non-governmental institutions ready to offer assistance and transform their lives.
The Director of Mobility Carts at PFC Mary Wang’ang’a emphasized the detrimental impact of the lack of assistive devices on PWDs, affecting them physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, and economically.
She noted that with the intervention of mobility carts, individuals with disabilities can break free from the shackles of dependence and engage in income-generating activities, reducing their reliance on society.
The second vice district governor for Lions Club Simon Njoroge called on county governments nationwide to waive license fees for trade activities involving People with Disabilities (PWDs).
Njoroge argued that by creating a conducive environment, PWDs could grow their enterprises, ultimately contributing to the nation’s economic development.
By Kamau Njoroge
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