We bring you the stories of five participants who have benefited from our work which you have supported in one or the other,we thank you for your continued partnership in making it happen.Our resolve is to change one life at a time by providing the necessary environment free of barriers for a person with a disability to thrive.
“Before joining ANDY back in 2008, I found myself having difficulties in socializing due to my disability; I later joined a Reach-up programme that sought empowering persons with disabilities with ICT skills where I acquired basic IT skills. Through my continuous involvement in ANDY’s programme, I joined the sports for health project where am now participating in swimming every Saturday”
Benson Isaboke aged 28 years is full of praise for the exposure he got at ANDY, through the programme, he managed to secure an internship opportunity at Prince institute Professional, a computer college in Nairobi where he worked as an assistant administrator. His performance in sports has built his confidence and self esteem when interacting with the public. Presently, Benson is awaiting a job confirmation thanks to a network ANDY has built with International Child Rescue Institute-Africa, an International organization that seeks to equip communities to fight poverty and assure the health and safety of children and families. He believes that conducting more seminars will reach out to more persons with disabilities throughout the country.
Joseph Gitau Wairimu
“I used to work as a hawker here in Nairobi, the payout was not impressing as I suffered constant arrests and exploitation from the City council officers, after doing the business for 7 months, I decided to quit the job and later joined ANDY’s sports for health project in January 2012 where I started my training on wheelchair basketball.”
Joseph Gitau secured a business grant from ANDY and decided to set up a Retail kiosk, a business that has a turnover of KES 400/= a day which he now supports his family with. Through his involvement in sports, he has improved his physical fitness and has managed to build a network of friends who previously found it difficult to interact with previously. He proposes more outreach programmes for persons with disabilities has this will be the only way to engage more people in the programme.
Cecilia Wangechi, 21 years got news of ANDY sports program from the Table tennis coach Mary Nakhumicha.. Since she was energetic and had participated in sports while in her high school, she obliged. She started training in Table tennis and excelled; this earned her a sport in the Nationals Try-out and excelled to be among the top contenders though she didn’t qualify to represent the country. That didn’t dampen her efforts as she went for National try out in field sports due to her frequent training at ANDY she qualified to represent Kenya at the Africa Paralympics in Tunisia in March, a fete she excelled and won a Gold medal. She is hopeful of representing Kenya in the upcoming Olympics in London. All this she says would not have been possible without the ANDY sport program.
Bernard Omondi, a 34 year old started a food kiosk from the grant he acquired from ANDY, a business he runs together with his wife and has managed to hire assistance from two waiters. On a good day, he says, he accumulates a total of 1,500/= Kenya shillings in which he pays his staff and the rest is for expanding his growing business. He thinks that persons with disabilities should be trained on setting up micro-trusts and encourages more on the need to join Sacco so as to be able to secure their livelihood in a long-term basis.
Nicholas Ngonde Mungai
Nicholas Ngonde, a 33 year old wheelchair basketballer has no regrets in joining the sports for health project. He first joined ANDY in the year 2009 and according to him his fitness level was week because he hardly engaged in any sporting activity and this made him work for 3 days in a week. After securing a grant from ANDY, Nicholas decided to set up a food kiosk, a business that earns him 3,500/= to 4,000/= KES a day. Through the sports, he has been able to have a vast network of friends and this has enabled him to bond more with the other members of the public.
Your efforts are truly rewarding if you read through the stories above,we can do more of this and will continue updating you as we move on with this important work.
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