Over 130 Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in Kajiado North Sub County, have benefitted from donations of food items including maize and wheat flour to cushion them against the prevailing hard economic times.
The donations were raised through a fundraising drive organised by Persons Living with Disability community based organisation at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) offices in Ngong town, courtesy of their Chairperson Tabitha Ruguru.
Ruguru noted that the donations form part of their Social Corporate Responsibility and will provide the beneficiaries with essential food and clothing in preparation for the upcoming festive season to make them feel part of the society.
Speaking at the fundraising drive, nominated Member of County Assembly (MCA), Lucy Wachuka, said that People Living with Disabilities should be treated with respect and dignity because they have equal rights as people without disability.
“When we see persons living with physical and mental disability, we should treat them with fairness and respect. It has become our culture to give donations to persons with disabilities every Christmas and Easter season. As politicians, we also have a Corporate Social Responsibility in the society towards members of the community,” Wachuka stated.
According to Ngong MCA, Robert Muoria, it is important to help the less privileged in the society despite the hard economic times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, further calling on residents to maintain peace and unity in the upcoming 2022 General Elections, irrespective of their political affiliations.
“I have been working together with the Persons Living with Disabilities even in ensuring they benefit from education bursaries. I am happy to contribute towards the Christmas festivities for people living with disabilities. This year has had economic challenges because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I would like to urge all residents to maintain peace before and after the general elections,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kajiado residents have been urged to support the welfare of persons living with disabilities who frequently experience societal discrimination and stigmatization.
By Amy Moyi