Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re) through its flagship corporate social responsibility, the Niko Fiti campaign has today launched the distribution of assistive and mobility devices that will see more than 390 persons with disabilities in Kachibora and Saboti sub-counties in Trans Nzoia county benefit from the program.
The distribution, subdivided into three phases, will benefit 1,000 people with disabilities in different parts of the country. The exercise is in line with Kenya’s vision to enhance inclusivity and diversity by enabling more people to participate in activities that improve their livelihoods.
During the event held at Kachibora Sub-county hospital in Trans Nzoia county, Kenya Re’s Group Managing Director, Dr H.illary Maina Wachinga said, “Kenya Re has a vision to secure the future for our stakeholders and our Niko Fiti initiative is one of the ways we are doing this. We want to empower persons with disability to integrate into society and to actively contribute to social and economic activities for the greater good.”
Dr Wachinga added that it is important for workplaces to entrench inclusion policies for PWDs, and for buildings to be retrofitted with structures that allow easy access by PWDs. This he said, is part of how Kenya Re leads by example in all its commercial buildings and offices.
The Association for The Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) Chief Executive Officer Anthony Nzuki, commended the partnership with Kenya Re, stating that it has over the years made a positive impact towards PWDs in the country. “We are not only supporting the Government’s goal of including PWDs into society but also changing lives. By enabling them to move around unassisted, they can go to school, start businesses, and do activities that truly make them independent. We use our community networks and leaders to identify needy beneficiaries, which makes this initiative a collaborative effort,” he said.
The first phase of the campaign in 2023 saw a distribution of 56 mobility devices and 351 assistive devices to 398 beneficiaries in Saboti and Kachibora.
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