APPRECIATION TO ASSOCIATION OF THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED PEOPLE OF KENYA
- Published: Monday, 21 May 2018 07:10
The gifts of life, health and the ability to move your body easily are gifts that people think that it’s their right to have or sometimes don’t even remember that its by God’s mercy we are able to have them.
Try and picture yourself blind, deaf, unable to walk or even talk, think how people with various disabilities wish that they would be like and you what they would give to be normal. Being in the Middle of people without them judging or giving you mean glances. It is so hard for those people with disabilities to fit in among people especially the children and young people living with disabilities for their peer can sometimes be brutal.
Not forgetting that families too make it hard for these people, we have heard of stories where parents disowned their children once they found out that their children had disabilities some even lock them up and make up all the lame stories you could ever imagine to excuse them from being seen in public with them. It is so sad because some children will even miss out on school because the parents don’t want their neighbors and friends knowing about their children. We should learn to love and accept these people the way they are.
The Association for the physical disabled people of Kenya( APDK) first came to Mukuru kwa Ruben in 1987 and started its first project of helping people living with disabilities in Mukuru.Their fist therapy station was in Lunga Lunga but with time they saw it fit to start up another in Ruben Centre which was close to the people and they would access it easily. This project is not only for children but also adults in the community living with disabilities.
With time the association of the physically disabled people of Kenya has provided wheelchairs, polio shoes, walking aid, seating and standing aid etc. It has also created a social group for the parents/guardians, children and adults with disabilities in which they are taught on matters of self acceptance, self esteem, love etc under the social group there is a self help group by the name upendo (which basically means love).
In this self help group they are given interest free loans to start up small business the loans start from a minimum of ten thousand to a maximum of one hundred and fifty thousand.
The Association of the physically disabled people of Kenya has been a partner with Ruben Centre for seventeen years now, and it has really had an impact to the people. It is really sad that they project has come to an end.
“I would like to thank the APDK for their continued support, selflessness and most of all for giving hope and uplifting the people of Mukuru kwa Ruben living with different disabilities. They have shown the way to treating people with dignity and showing them they are equal.” Says Brother Frank Oshea director at Ruben Centre
Written by: Peris Wahome
Public Relations Desk