A NOTE FROM GLOBALGIVING:
This is the second in a series of snapshots about project leader Fredrick Ouko and his organization Kenya Disabled Action Network (KEDAN).
Thank you for your continued support of Fredrick and his tireless dedication to rehabilitating 100 disabled youth from underprivileged families through the provision of mobility aids and assistive devices. We ask you to contribute again today! Feel free to tell your friends about Fredrick and his incredible work!
Give a Man a Wheelchair and He Will Eat for a Lifetime
Fredrick Ouko Alucheli is the Executive Director of Kenya Disabled Action Network (KEDAN). Only 26-years-old, Fredrick has already championed various initiatives in Kenya and abroad that bring awareness to and improve the lives of youth with disabilities.
He cites his family as his primary source of motivation; U.S. President Barack Obama, a close second. “Initially, my father influenced me the most as he is the one who sacrificed a lot to educate me despite being a disabled child in the family,” says Fredrick. “Lately, the U.S. president Barack Obama inspires me a great deal from how he rose from a community mobilizer to become the 44th President of United States of America. Considering all the challenges he has faced in life and he is a true testimony to the disabled community that indeed ‘YES WE CAN’ one day!”
With funds raised through GlobalGiving, Fredrick and his team at KEDAN have been able to purchase aluminum elbow crutches, wheelchairs, and white canes for the blind. They plan to continue buying other assistive devices as the demand for them is particularly high among their beneficiaries. “A lot of people … continuously come to our offices looking for such assistance,” says Fredrick.
Fredrick’s accomplishments are impressive, and he hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams as well. He talks about one particular young person who had a similar drive to excel, but didn’t own a wheelchair to help him move around. “With a donation, we were able to afford him a wheelchair that came in handy,” says Fredrick. “He could now do everything for himself as opposed to relying on people’s assistance every time he wanted to move from one point to another.”
Fredrick believes that providing assistive tools is the gateway to achieving independent living. He draws a comparison to the famous Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” Speaking of the ambitious young man who received the wheelchair donation, Fredrick says, “We actually gave him a fishing line and he is happy to get fish for himself!”
Please welcome Fredrick Ouko Alucheli. He is a new project leader here at GlobalGiving and over the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to get to know Fredrick and the great work he does for his organization Kenya Disabled Action Network.
Periodically over the next two months we will be sending you snapshots about Fredrick’s life and work. We encourage your feedback about this new form of progress update so that we can provide you with the most interesting and relevant information possible about the projects and causes you support.
We thank you for your contributions and ask you to consider donating again to Fredrick and the Kenya Disabled Action Network. Feel free to tell your friends about Fredrick and his incredible work!
Fredrick Ouko Alucheli: A Champion for Disabled Youth in Kenya
Fredrick Ouko Alucheli is the Executive Director of Kenya Disabled Action Network (KEDAN). The 26-year-old is a young paraplegic with a background in Business Administration from the Kenya School of Professional Studies. Ever since his high school days at the Mombasa Secondary School for the Physically Handicapped, Fredrick has held various leadership roles, starting with Head-Student and Chairman of both the Law and Interact clubs.
Before joining KEDAN, Fredrick was a founding director of the Kibera Community Youth Programme (KCYP), a unique organization formed and run by young people in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. During his five year tenure, Fredrick spearheaded efforts that brought the organization international acclaim for its success as a youth-lead initiative. The KCYP’s innovative and simple solar assembling project was aired on CNN`s Global Challenges Program and went on to win an international award in Basel, Switzerland, dubbed Clean Energy Awards in 2007.
At KEDAN, Fredrick has also used his networking skills to bring the organization into both the national and international spotlights. He has worked hard to expand its reach and initiate unique programs targeting young disabled people in Kenya, such as the Job Placement and Livelihood Project that seeks to find solutions to employment problems facing persons with disabilities. The project works with employers to provide internship and employment opportunities to young disabled people, and over 60 youth have undergone training with over 10 of them securing an internship or employment in different sectors of the economy. In addition, KEDAN carries out capacity building and advocacy activities to ensure that young disabled people both know and demand their rights. The organization seeks to improve the socio-economic status of young disabled people, many of whom are living in severe poverty.
Due to Fredrick’s deep knowledge of and experience in youth and disability issues, he was nominated by the UN Youth Section to serve for three years as an advisor on the Global Advisory Panel for the Disability Rights Fund. He also sits on the board of a handful of organizations, is married, and the proud father of one daughter.
On behalf Kenya Disabled Action Network(KEDAN) and the beneficiaries of our projects;we would like to thank you so much for your generous support through donation to our project online during the GlobalGiving Challenge.
Your financial contribution really mattered as we had raised a total of US$ 1,974 by 21st November 2008 with the support of 24 of you!! And in so doing;we have been invited to stay online upto 28th February 2009 to raise more money with a target of 50 donors by the next deadline to win a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website.
We are confident that with your committment,we are going to meet the next deadline and thus encourage you to consider giving to the project again and also telling your friends,business partners,colleagues to consider donating to the project.
We will give an update how your support has gone a long way to assist persons with disabilities regain their independence through mobility through your support.
Thank you so much for believing and supporting this project,together we can do more!
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