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Beneficiaries of the disabled fund to be monitored

Administrators in Central region have been directed to monitor beneficiaries of the national disabled agency to ensure that they don’t abuse the benevolence of their benefactors.

The  Central  Regional Commissioner (RC), Wilfred  Nyagwanga  on Wednesday said Deputy County Commissioners  and Chiefs will  be  expected to formulate mechanisms of tracking and evaluating the performance of beneficiaries of the National Fund for the  Disabled of Kenya in order to establish whether the donations from the agency were translating into improvement of their  social and economic status.

Nyagwanga  said  the Fund over the years has disbursed cash donations and given equipment worth millions of shillings  to  enhance  social  and economic empowerment of persons living with disabilities and time has come for stocktaking to establish  whether indeed the donations were translating into improved livelihoods for the beneficiaries.

“These  donations must translate into changed fortunes in the lives of the beneficiaries and it behooves on you to monitor  and evaluate their utilization in order to ensure that the objectives of the Fund are realized,” said the regional head.

He  said disability  need  not  consign one to a life of handouts and reliance on others but through effective and efficient  use of the donations, the disabled now have an opportunity of transforming themselves from being viewed as  a burden to  productive and economically competitive members of the society.

Said  the  administrator, “Disabled persons if enabled can be able to lead a dignified, productive and fulfilling lives. The  donations from the fund are geared towards achieving this.”

The  regional boss  was speaking during a ceremony held outside his office where the fund announced disbursement of Sh. 9  million and equipment worth millions of shillings to disabled individuals and institutions catering for such persons in  central region.

The  Fund’s  Vice Chairman,  Peter  Nyakiamo  urged families with disabled members to register them with the Fund in order to  access assistance.

Nyakiamo  said  the fund with its Sh. 300 million annual budget was in a position to extend its assistance to cover more  beneficiaries so long as they were registered with the agency.

He  said  registration of disabled persons was a continuous process being spearheaded by chiefs and their assistants and  was  free from any encumbrances.

By  Kiamah  Wamutitu

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