Hundreds of children living with disability in the Coast region have a reason to smile after AIC Cure International in partnership with Lotto Foundation and Mediamax Network Limited rolled out an outreach programme to help them cope with life.
The project dubbed; Help Me Walk, offers a raft of solutions through carrying out corrective surgeries, rehabilitative care, counselling and provision of mobility assistive devices to help the children walk freely.
Speaking during a medical camp at Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) rehabilitation clinic, Kijabe-based AIC Cure International chief executive officer Abed Milelu said they target to assist more than 400 children in the region through the project. He urged parents with physically challenged children to stop hiding them but instead take advantage of the project to improve their lives.
“Most of these children’s future is bright. If you hide them you are preventing them from unleashing their potential,” he said and urged parents to take advantage of the project. Lotto Foundation representative John Gachihi said they have used more than Sh13 million in the project.
He said the funds have gone a long way in rehabilitating 1,200 children with disabilities. Of those attended to, he said 40 have undergone orthopaedic surgeries. Head of PiliPili FM Chris Wambuno who spoke on behalf of Mediamax Network Limited lauded the project saying it will give the physically challenged children hope to live.
He said Mediamax will continue highlighting stories on the project with a view to spicing up hope for PWDs in the society. “This morning we hosted a physically challenged woman and her story was very inspiring. It was an eye opener and through her, I saw a lot of hope in PWDs,” he said.