“The Optiven Foundation is supported by Optiven Limited and well wishers who come together to ensure that our brothers and sisters live in dignity and their lives are transformed. Truly when giving you do not just do it for the other person, but it also teaches us to be grateful for what we have.”
Optiven Foundation has been feted for it’s role in transforming the society. This was at The Voice Awards held at the Louis Leakey auditorium in Parklands Nairobi on 16th August 2019. The event which was the first to be held in Kenya by it’s owners based in Netherlands, attracted a number of dignitaries and was officially addressed by the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto.
ABOVE: Mr. George Wachiuri inspects a guard of honor by the Scouts of Chinga Boys High School during the Term 2 Prize Giving Day on 31st July 2019 at the school.
As I bid good bye to the month of July, I am aware of the challenges that the month of August brings to many families. On the most part, a number of parents are looking forward to taking sometime to spend with their children. Some who are blessed will be taking time off to go on holiday while those with deep roots in the village, may well be planning a time to engage with the farm and while at it, teach their children one or two things about growing up.
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’.