Introduction Like all human beings, the needs of persons with disability cut across all sectors. Majority of the children, youth and adults with disability continue to be excluded from society due to their impairments or conditions. How can a child with disability who did not go to school because of inadequate transport, inaccessible school buildings, no place in the classroom adjusted to their needs, no space in special schools, no training and jobs for special teachers, no inclusive education, no vocational training because they did not get a sufficient basic education…. GET DECENT EMPLOYMENT ONCE THEY HAVE GROWN UP? WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOWARDS CHANGING THIS SITUATION!!
Mission Statement Friends of the Disabled Foundation was started as an organisation aimed at advocating for the inclusion, integration and human rights of the disabled people as well as facilitating in the empowerment of the disabled person with education, assistive devices, motivation and hence promoting the opportunities on attaining gainful employment and leading an independent life. Indeed, if a person living with disability is given the right support and access to education and other basic human needs, s/he can gain employment, and thus lead an independent and dignified life.
What We Do a) Facilitating Assistance Friends of the Disabled Foundation (FOTD) is an initiative that exists with the objective of facilitating assistance to existing institutions of persons with disability as well as individuals with disability. The assistance provided is aimed at achieving the general well being of persons with disability including mobility, education, poverty alleviation and contributing towards ensuring that persons with disability have a better chance of getting employment and leading an independent life. b) Creating Public Awareness The 'Friends' use every opportunity to promote disability awareness and advocate for the rights of persons with disability and the appreciation of human diversity. We will seek to change the societal negative perception of persons with disability so that future generations will accept them as equal participants in our society and generally embrace human diversity. c) Beneficiaries of FOTD The specific beneficiaries of the activities carried out by Friends of the Disabled are institutions for persons with disability as well as deserving individuals. The foundation is guided and based on the values that we place on all areas of life, especially education which potentially leads to employment , better life, self reliance and fulfillment.
How a) Providing mobility Equipment This is to assist in mobility i.e. wheel chairs. Without these it is almost impossible for a disabled child to lead a normal life. b) Paying School fees We Adopt a children in selected institutions and pay their fees. c) Provision of books, toys and other kids aids We try as much as possible to help the kids live a normal life as much as we can. We buy books to sharpen their academics and get toys for their growth and development.
Directors Teresa Njoroge-Mwendwa - one of the co-founders of the foundation is one of the disabled persons who can testify to the fact that if a disabled person gets the right support to access education, this opens up opportunity and further influences the possibility of a better future by heightening the chances of getting employment. JuddyNjoroge and Rosemary Muthoni are the other co-founders of the organisation. They have individually been involved and actively participated in various charitable projects including advocating and supporting persons with disability as well as orphaned children.
What Can I Do? What can you as a corporate or any other organisation do to assist Persons with Disability through Friends of the disabled? 1) Donate educational Material including books, computers, etc 2) Donate mobility equipment and assistive devices 3) Donate toys, clothes, food etc 4) Sponsor the education of a child with disability. 6) Any support in Cash or in kind is welcomed. 7) Act as a Friend and Advocate of the disabled at all times and give hope and encouragement to those who really need it. 8) Introduce a Friend!
Opportunities for KCB Staff KCB Staff can be involved in different ways 1) Personal donations – gives a sense of personal fulfillment 2) Visitations together with our staff during 3) CSR opportunities i.e. Photos ops taken during handover of donations is disseminated to the media and also uploaded on our website. 4) Mentorship opportunities to KCB staff.