On 16th August 2013, we had the opportunity to be visited by the GlobalGiving field representative for East Africa, Farley Sawyer. It was a rare moment since she had the opportunity to gather fast hand information on how proceeds received from the online donation framework of GlobalGiving create impact within the community that we serve.
Farley sought to understand how the whole program works and our Executive Director was available to provide this information together with the administration officer before she joined ANDY staff in handing over some of the assistive devices purchased through the donations to identified beneficiaries.
On this material day, Farley helped distribute four wheelchairs and two pairs of elbow crutches to persons with disabilities from Kibera. This will help improve the mobility and self-reliance of the beneficiaries.
Being able to move around and perform duties on their own is a key ingredient towards boosting the self-esteem of persons with disabilities that enables them participate in nation building without hindrance.
One parent remarked on how happy she was since her daughter will now be able to walk around with ease using the donated wheelchair.
We thank you all for remaining steadfast in supporting us to carry out this important work in the community. Thank you so much for referring your friends to partner with us in this venture to ensure that the mobility of persons with disabilities is restored through the assistive devices.
We are currently updating our website and will inform you once the new refurbished website is up with more change stories from the people we serve in communities.
It has been a while since we touched base,alot has been happening from our end too and we feel it is important to let it out through this small note.
As an organization,we have curved a niche in working with youth with disabilities throughout the country with a registered successes and challenges too.Given this background,it has been on our stakeholders proposition that we include issues of children with disabilities in our work since this is an area that many organizations working on disability issues tend to skip.
Our management did review this proposal and are glad that this component of work is going to synergise with the kind of progress already made working with youth with disabilities.
In the coming months,we are looking forward to supporting several children with disabilities access mobility aids and rehabilitation services to enable them grow up as independent individuals.We have already approached three schools taking care of such children and currently working on modalities of working together to create a better environment for their growth both academically and socially.
Some of our strategies will be using arts as a form of therapy and rehabilation,sports amongst others.
We thank you for the support you have accorded us thus far and do extend our invitation to you to partner with us in advancing this new strategy of supporting children with disabilities.
Apologies for not writing for a while,this is a commitment that we are going to ensure that this is done more frequently to update you on what your support does at the grassroot as we continue working with youth with disabilities.It is worth noting that,just recently,our organization was invited to speak at the Human Rights Council in Geneva to share with the world how we think that employment of persons with disabilities can be achieved worldwide to scale up both the income levels of this group and ensure that there exists mechanisms that guard against discrimination on the grounds of disability.
We are honoured to have been accorded this opportunity and it is because of your support that this continues to happen across the board.
Several beneficiaries have received assistive devices to help with their mobility and in particular, five wheelchairs were given out as part of your support and we continue to focus on those who greatly need this assistance to make it in life and live independent lives.
We continue to be indebted to your generosity and support this far.