Kenya currently has an estimated 1.16 million people who have mobility disability. This is according to statistics by Global Disability Rights Now, a United States based resource center. A huge number of these Kenyans do not have financial capacity to own a wheelchair, which could go a long way towards making them more productive. Thanks to Optiven Foundation, a Kenyan based philanthropy outfit, hundreds of Kenyans have now been given free wheelchairs, courtesy of one of the Foundation’s programme dubbed, ‘Mobility that Brings Smiles’.
What’s more, due to the huge number of needy cases that the Foundation has received, it has now offered an opportunity for charity partnership where for only 150 dollars (equivalent to Kshs15, 000), you can now entirely and positively transform the life of a mobility challenged person in Kenya. This is the cost of a new wheelchair, which once donated, would be directly handed over to needy cases across the country.
Such a benevolent gesture would also translate to helping tens of possible dependents, including close family members of the needy case and those who were otherwise physically lifting such a person at the absence of a wheelchair. Optiven Foundation, which is a soft arm of Optiven Group, kick-started a programme that seeks to transform many disadvantaged Kenyans who are physically challenged and without financial capacity to purchase a wheelchair for their mobility.
So far, the Foundation has been able to offer hundreds of wheelchairs to needy cases and has further identified many more cases that require intervention. Some of the beneficiaries have come from amongst other counties, Nairobi, Kiambu, Kisii, Nyamira, and Nyeri counties. https://www.optivenfoundation.org/newsandblogs/113-optiven-foundation-gives-a-smile-in-nyamira
For every wheelchair donated, Optiven Foundation has committed to deliver the same and share a report back to every donor. Watch Video: https://youtu.be/hE9ct2LV0ZE
“Donating a wheelchair means bringing a smile to a fellow human being who was otherwise stranded and unable to move from one point to another. There are many Kenyans who have a capacity to fend for their families but they are jailed by their inability to afford a wheelchair,” says Mr. George Wachiuri, Optiven Foundation Chairman and Trustee.
Already, philanthropists are responding to this call to donate wheelchairs: Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMXPSkGNptk
He notes that offering them such simple but vital equipment would mean that their stop being dependent on other people, with some of them now even being able to cater for their families’ needs.
“Some of these people are our parents, our brothers, our sisters and our children. All they need is that extra pair of wheels and they are ready to conquer the world,” says Wachiuri. Optiven Foundation is involved in charitable works, based on four key areas namely; poverty alleviation, environmental protection, education and health.
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