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June 20, 2018

First Lady launches 'Help Me Walk' initiative for disabled persons

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta poses with residents after donating banana seedlings during the launch of 'Help Me Walk' in Trans Nzoia, September 13, 2017. /CORAZON WAFULA
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta poses with residents after donating banana seedlings during the launch of 'Help Me Walk' in Trans Nzoia, September 13, 2017. /CORAZON WAFULA

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has asked Kenyans to create an enabling environment for people living with disabilities to gain support.

She was speaking at ACK church in Kitale during the launch of a project dubbed 'Help Me Walk'.

"There is a strong link between poverty and disability and therefore we need to support this initiative," she said on Wednesday.

Margaret said because of judgement and ignorance, disabled persons have been locked out of many spaces in society.

She said the programme will assist more than 400 needy patients living with disability to get intervention from the AIC Cure International Hospital.

"This project also seeks to create awareness to the general public on rights of children with disability and undoing a lot of preconceived misconceptions regarding disabilities," the First Lady added.

Health CS Cleopa Mailu asked residents to ensure vulnerable persons are registered with the Labour ministry to access the government's special funds for their own empowerment.

He said the state is increasing funds in the kitty from this financial year to ensure persons in vulnerable groups utilise NHIF at both private and public hospitals.

He asked the Trans Nzoia county government to join hands with the national government to ensure projects started are spearheaded.

He lauded Lotto foundation, Mediamax and AIC CURE for funding the project.

He called for more partnerships from state and county agencies so they are able to reach out to more people with disabilities.

County first lady Rose Khaemba asked women to unite and curb daily challenges.

"Trans Nzoia county can only be a better place if we women can bring our minds together and support one another," she said.

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