We are nearly done with the first quarter of this year and it has been as busy and eventfully as never before! Alot of planning and new projects to advance our vision in the works.
We hope your year started off well and great plans abound for this year in your areas of influence and at a personal level.We are also hopeful that you remain our ardent supporter because it is your sacrifice and those of many others that enable us to deliver on our mission of helping persons with disabilities in Kenya.
As an organization,we are undergoing a critical planning stage that will enable us refine our modes of operations and ensure an effective delivery of on our mission using minimal resources.We are well aware that resources are scarce everywhere,the more reason we are indeed indebted to your generosity in supporting our work and encourage you to recruit your family and friends to join up together in furthering this course.
On our recent visit to a Kenyan maximum prison,we found out that there are prisoners who have a disability and would greatly do with mobility support to be able to move around within the confines of the prisons.We have put in place mechanisms to ensure that wheelchairs,elbow crutches and white canes are delivered to them to ensure that their mobility is maintained within the prison and thus avoid facing dehumanising conditions.
This cannot be possible without your continued support,it is in our belief that even those who offend the law still have their human rights and need to be taken care of;it is therefore not different for prisoners with disabilities. We wish it would be allowable to take photos within a prison so that we can present the situation as it is,unfortunately this is not possible due to the laws governing such institutions.
We will do more with prisoners with disabilities including teaching them skills that they can use once they are out of prison to earn their own income.
A new project on inclusive sports has been started targeting children with disabilities linking them with their peers in neighbouring schools to stimulate interactions and friendships.We are also implementing a project targeting women with disabilities and access to health especially issues around maternal child nutrition aimed at reducing child mortality and increase access to healthcare.
We will keep you informed once our new strategic plan is complete so that you can share with us in the bigger vision as consolidate our efforts towards making Kenya a better place for persons with disabilities.
Thank you for your continued support,it is a vote of confidence in our work.
It has been such a busy year! and the greatest thing I am happy to note;all of you have been part of the milestones achieved within the year. We dont take this for granted, we thank you for your commitment and support to our project. Your generosity brings impact to hundreds of lives of persons with disabilities.
As we reflect on the impact created: giving several people the power to walk, restoring dignity in their lives and allowing them to live independent lives in the community.There is an opportunity to even do more in the coming year, your support and that of your friends will definately go a long way in meeting the needs of our target audience.
We thank you so much and take this opportunity to wish you all the best during this Christmas holidays and a happy new year.
It is possible to forget how important our small acts of kindness means to people who experience difficulties with mobility. A group that is struggling to accept their situation brought about by either an accident or a disease that made them loose the ability to walk without any support.
This is the reason we write to thank you for bringing happiness and restoring dignity in the lives of young people with disabilities in Kenya through your donations, some of which we buy walking aids such as elbow crutches,wheelchairs,white cane amongst other assistive devices.
A mobility aid is one of the essential enabler to any person who has a disability and looks forth to lead an independent life, to be able to determine where they want to go, what they can do on their own without relying on anyone for support.
Through your support, we continue to avail this much-needed enabler to facilitate movement by persons with disabilities in society without becoming a bother to other members in the family, the cost can be beyond reach for many and this forms the reason why the mobility aids are distributed free of charge when you donate them.
We thank you and do request for your continued partnership in giving power to walk to every person with a disability who deserves it.
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.
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