Empowering Abilities: Deputy Governor Hands over Support tools to PwDsBushnell Odhiambo
Deputy Governor, Joseph Oyugi Magwanga, on Wednesday presided over the distribution of 200 assistive devices and tools of trade to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) at an event in Homa Bay town.
Speaking on behalf of Governor Wanga, Hon. Joseph Oyugi Magwanga commended the partnership between the county government and the Seventh Day Adventist church, which had made the initiative possible.
The Governor praised the SDA church for its commitment to streamlining and ring-fencing disability issues, as well as advancing the socioeconomic empowerment of PwDs in Homa Bay County.
“These devices will go a long way in improving their mobility and their ability to engage in various economic activities,” Magwanga said.
He added: “We assure you that the program would be an annual undertaking through the county department of gender and social services.”
Among items distributed from the partnership, include; 140 tricycles, 42 wheelchairs, crutches and tools of trade, including 9 sewing machines, laptops, salon equipment, capentry kit, welding and carwash machines.
Several other partners, including Plan International, Sight savers, Homa Bay County CSO Network, and the National Council of Persons with Disabilities, contributed to the success of the event.
“This partnership is a clear indication that the church is sensitive to the needs of vulnerable members of society, and through its various programs, it has demonstrated that it is committed to improving livelihoods of the less fortunate,” said Pastor Japheth Ochorokodi, the Lake region SDA representative.
The partnership between the county government and the SDA church is a great example of how collaboration between different stakeholders can lead to positive outcomes for marginalized groups.
The county executive committee member in charge of gender and social services, Hon. Sarah Malit echoed the Deputy Governor’s sentiments, adding that the county government is focused on creating an enabling environment for PwDs to thrive.
“We are committed to ensuring that the rights of PwDs are upheld, and we will continue to partner with like-minded organizations to achieve our objectives,” said Malit.