It has indeed been a good year at ANDY that finally wraps up, a lot of good things did happen and that means our impact in communities that we work in has been increasing day by day.
Different projects were implemented to help change the lives of youth with disabilities in Kenya, this is a success that we cannot take alone; all of you have been there in furthering this objective and we want to THANK YOU for the great contribution is has been.
As a young and growing organization, we wish to share with you in this journey as we get into the New Year to even do greater things that shall bring meaning to the lives of thousands of youth with disabilities in Kenya.
We request that you continue your partnership with us through supporting our various projects and encourage your friends, colleagues and family to consider joining hands with us to make a difference in the lives of those who are in need of our support to make it in life.
In this year alone, we were able to reach over 300 youth with disabilities and we know that with your support, we are able to surplus this number in 2012.
We take this opportunity to wish a prosperous New Year and look forward to working together to Make it Happen and Make a Difference!
Greetings from the team at Action Network for the Disabled, we are excited and greatful that you remain steadfast in supporting our work over the years thus enabling us make enormous strides towards reaching our goal.It is through your generosity that we continue to impact our community in a positive way.
ANDY being a grassroot organization,we have continuously remained in touch with the needs of our target group thus enabling us to make decisions that empower the community in the way that we work.Your support goes to someone who needs it and makes good use of it towards advancing their lives and becoming active participants in their communities.
It is in such cases that somebody came to us recently with a request for us to purchase batteries for his hearing aid having been turned away by different service providers.John just wanted to get the batteries for his hearing aid and he would be fine and ready to continue with his daily chores towards earning a living independently; through your support,a case like that of John is immediately supported and many more thus enabling the affected to continue with their normal lives even if they cannot afford these devices by themselves yet they cant live without them.
It is fulfiling to know that a simple act changes how one faces his/her daily life and is able to do a lot of things on their own despite being with a particular disability that poses a challenge to them in how they interact with others.
To enable us continue with this brilliant work,please consider making a donation to this project so that beneficiaries like John can receive immediate attention and support from the project,there is also an opportunity for your donation to be matched by Global Giving at 30% on June 15th 2011 between 12:01am and 11:59pm EDT(GMT-4)
Thank you so much for supporting our work and encouraging your friends to do the same.
We wish to thank you for your continued support to this project that has enabled us to continue supporting deserving persons with disabilities within our community.
One such case is John, who has had along challenge of communicating since he lost his sense of hearing, being a person who does manual work; John is supposed to be keen on what his boss says lest he loses his job for not following instructions.
This has happened to him many times yet he needs to have a steady income to support him and his family. He was referred to ANDY by another disability organization for us to assist him with a hearing aid.
Through your continued support, we were able to offer John the much needed help and acquired him a new hearing aid and on receiving it, he said, “ I am delighted to receive this aid as it means a lot to me and my livelihood I want to thank you and wish you all the blessings.”
This is how important the device that was donated to John through your support meant to him. He is now back to work and he can communicate effectively with his bosses at work and this will ensure that, he never loses his means of income by being unable to communicate.
On behalf of John, we wish to thank you for your support that has continued to change lives for the prosperity in the community we work in.
Greetings from Nairobi, at Action Network for the Disabled, we are all fine and continuing with our work in communities towards the empowerment of young people with disabilities. It is my pleasure to inform you that, lately we have embarked on a path that will enable us bring internet and its vast opportunities closer to young disabled people living in the urban slums.
We have just established an internet cafe within our offices with about ten computers and through your donations, we were able to make two of the computers out of ten to be accessible by our blind colleagues in their efforts to use the internet.
You know that in this 21st century, the internet is playing a revolutionary role yet many people have not been in a position to access it due to various challenges.
Our organization will be to play a small part by facilitating access to information, communication and technology for persons with disabilities. Having installed a Jos Software in two computers has made it possible for any blind person who wishes to access the internet for various reasons to be able to do so at our center.
I want to thank you for continued trust in our project giving us the energy to reach more persons with disabilities through our project.
I will keep you updated of how the center continues to impact persons with disabilities in their lives especially for those who will be utilizing the computers installed with Jos software ( a software that enables the blind to access any information through a computer including on the internet).
I look forward to further ideas on how we can ensure we get more donations through the Global Giving portal to continue impacting our constituents more positively.
Thank you so much for investing in the future of young disabled people who are in need.
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!
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