- Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Limited (Kenya Re) unveiled the Niko Fiti Campaign 2022 to support People Living with Disabilities (PWDs)
- The campaign offers support to more than 600 PWDs with over 900 assistive and mobility devices
- Kenya Re noted that PWDs have been on the receiving end when it comes to support because of negative community connotations
Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Limited (Kenya Re) has launched an initiative to boost the mobility of people living with disability.
Kenya Re launched the Niko Fiti Campaign 2022 targeting over 600 PWDs. Photo: KenyaRe.
The company partnered with the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) under the Niko Fiti Campaign 2022.
The campaign saw over 969 assistive and mobility devices donated to 634 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Kenya.
This came following data from the Kenya National Survey on Persons with Disability, which showed only 26% had access to assistive devices.
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PWD’s challenge from communities
The report showed that more PWDs in urban areas (36%) utilized assistive devices compared to 26% in rural areas.
It stated that many communities viewed disability as a disgrace, calling for sensitization and awareness to guarantee the community’s support.
The Niko Fiti initiative has so far transformed the lives of over 11,000 PWDs since its inception in 2011.
The corporation will make distributions at the Amukura DC Grounds, and Samia DC Grounds in Busia, reaching out to over 230 beneficiaries with 350 mobility and assistive devices.
Thereafter the campaign will shift to Kwale county, where 234 beneficiaries will receive 369 mobility and assistive devices.
Kenya Re Managing Director Jadiah Mwarania said the campaign is meant to lift the stigma towards PWDs.
“As we look forward to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, it is important to further amplify the needs of PWD’s in Kenya in line with the theme of providing transformative solutions for inclusive development.
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“We can only move towards a transformative and inclusive future if all members of a community are empowered to contribute to development,” said Mwarania.
This year’s Niko Fiti donation drive will focus on Busia and Kwale counties.
APDK implements community interventions using community-based rehabilitation (CBR) and outreach plus models to reach out to persons with disabilities in marginalized communities, and Kenya Re supports the initiative.
“Despite the progress made by the Kenyan Government, gaps continue to persist in certain areas due to a number of challenges that prevent the realization of full disability inclusion,” he said.
The initiative has reached out to PWDs from across 28 counties in Kenya.
In 2018, the government, the United Kingdom and the International Disability Alliance co-hosted the Global Disability Summit (GDS 2018).
The Summit aimed at transforming the lives of persons with disabilities by raising global attention and focusing on a hugely neglected area.
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Appropriate terms for PWDs
PWDs have been facing many challenges, spreading to the language used to refer to them.
The way people with disabilities are portrayed can either encourage inclusion, equality and full citizenship, or it can reinforce harmful prejudices.
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