National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya (NFDK) has commissioned a Sh 2.2 million classroom for autistic children at ACK Monicah Special School in Embu.
The special class for the autistic is tailored specially with a resting area and washrooms designed to meet the needs of the children.
While commissioning the classes, Peter Nyakiamo, vice chairman NFDK urged parents and guardians of children with physical disabilities to utilize the special schools for holistic development of their children.
“Parents with physically challenged children should not hide them for they are entitled to children’s rights like any other children and the government has taken care of their schooling through the establishment of special schools for them,” noted Nyakiamo.
Nyakiamo who is a retired banker has urged the institutions receiving funds to use it prudently so as to help the NFDK board of trustees to fund more projects.
He said NFDK targets institutions that offer services to the disabled such as special schools, individuals with physical disability who need wheel chairs or financial assistance for their income generating projects.
David Musila, former senator for Kitui and now the chairman Kenya National Museums who is a member of the board of trustees has challenged the government to follow up the hidden physically disabled children the way it did to class 8 pupils during transition to form one.
He also challenged the residents to be reporting those parents hiding their physically disabled children.
Abdullahi Galgalo while welcoming the NFDK team said it is an offence for any parent or guardian to hide a physically disabled child for that will be trampling the rights of that child.
He added that the commissioning of the classroom by NFDK is a great milestone to the 136 learners with special needs at ACK Monicah Special school.
National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya led by Ms. Kristina Kenyatta is an endowment Fund established under the Perpetual Succession act Cap 164 of the Laws of Kenya and mandated to utilize income for the benefit of the disabled persons within Kenya.
By Kimani Tirus