In the last update, I informed you that we had changed our name from Kenya Disabled Action Network to Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY);it is indeed expected that this new status comes with lots of challenges and responsibilities as we are now a national organization responding to the needs of Young People with Disabilities countrywide.
My colleagues have been upbeat about this development and putting in much needed efforts to realize our dream at a national level. This only means we have been spending time to plan on what it entails to work at a national level and looking for the required resources to fulfill those responsibilities as well.
Many of you have remained steadfast in making sure that our objectives are met due to your constant support and the belief you have in our initiative, I want to extent a personal THANK YOU and from our team including those that we work with.
We are both committed to ensure that no young person with any challenge is left behind just on the mere account of having a disability; it is our belief that we can indeed eradicate poverty if persons with disabilities are adequately empowered to lead independent and sustainable lives.
This brings me to one case we have dealt with in the recent past and through your donation-a positive impact has been achieved in the life of Martin.
Martin is a wheelchair user and had acquired relevant academic qualifications that warranted employment. This was however not the case, he remained in the cold for quite a long time until he was introduced to our initiative and took part in a one-month training on employability that is run from our office.
He came every morning on his old wheelchair that he had stayed with for ages since schooling time and when job advertisements came out from one of the Government`s Ministry, we encouraged him to apply and he was invited for an interview. The panel was surprised to see him at first and was wondering if the CV they had shortlisted and prioritized as the best was indeed his!
To cut the long story short, Martin nearly lost that job even after emerging successful until the Ministry decided to call us as he had put the name of our initiative as his referees. We managed to convince them that Martin would indeed work just as anybody else and we offered to support them whenever they needed support to ensure that it was indeed a good learning experience. And to ensure that Martin was also taken seriously and was able to commute easily to the work station, we bought him a wheelchair through your support that he is now using.
Colleagues at his work station have learn`t a great deal from him based on one of the visit we paid them and they are excited to have that particular opportunity!
This is what it means supporting our project, you do not only change an individual (Martin) you change the entire attitude of those who haven’t had knowledge about disability when they see a person with disability performing beyond their expectations.
When you enable us assist a person with a mobility aid, it is replicated in many ways as they can lead decent independent lives and are able to participate actively in economic activities.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I herein wish to inform you that,as from 14th January 2010,we legally changed our name from Kenya Disabled Action Network (KEDAN) to Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY) after our successfully registration with the Government of Kenya through the NGO Board.The current registration gives us a larger legal mandate to implement our work nationally thus reaching larger audiences than before with our important work.
We had to change name due to the Government`s requirements to be registered as an NGO.
We hosted a re-launch event that was attended by the Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Youth and Sports amongst other guests.
At the moment,we are now focused on planning for our national work in view of our new mandate.It is at this juncture that we need all of our supporters the most to contribute with ideas on how we should strategically expand our work and where to find the requisite resources to make it happen as planned.
We want to thank you all for remaining steadfast in supporting our work and do encourage you to urge your friends to consider supporting our project.
On our website,we have put a section on how one can get involved in our work by becoming a friend of the organization,this also applies to corporate institutions willing to support our workin any possible way.
We welcome your thoughts and do look forward to continuing with this work of empowering young disabled people through your valuable support.
It gives me a great pleasure to share with you an achievement made in the last week during a week-long retreat in Washington D.C.
This is in relation to an award bestowed on me by the International Youth Foundation by selecting me as one of this year`s YouthActionNet Global Fellow,joining a group of 20 other young social enterpreneurs working on community projects that advance the empowerment of young people all over the world.
Launched in 2001 by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Nokia, YouthActionNet® seeks to develop a new generation of socially conscious global citizens who create positive change in their communities, their countries, and the world.
“Each of the 2009 YouthActionNet® Fellows are passionate, committed young leaders who chose not to look the other way when they saw a problem, but to take a stand,” said IYF President and CEO William S. Reese. “Through their efforts, companies in Colombia are learning how to operate sustainably, low-income farmers in Zimbabwe are able to send their children to school, and youth in violence-prone neighborhoods in the U.S. are learning to be peace-builders.”
It is through your support and dedication to our work that this is made possible,we look forward to the possibilities provided by this recognition to our initiative.
As we share the success;we are reminded of the tasks a head and committments that will enable us make life habitable to persons with disabilities in our societies.
In that view,it would be worth considering donating again to this project or informing a friend of the possibilities available for us to receive a matching grant based on the donations made on our page.
We also wish to remind our supporters that,Globalgiving is able to provide tax receipts for donations made in the US and UK.
We thank you for your continued support.