The National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya (NFDK) has taken steps to empower Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Kisumu County by disbursing a total of Sh 1,259,470 to 35 individuals. This initiative is part of the fund’s broader effort to support PWDs across the Nyanza region, with donations totaling Sh12,583,439.50 for the 2024 program.

George Gathenya, the CEO of NFDK, highlighted the organization’s mission to empower PWDs as a core strategy. Established under the Perpetual Succession Act, Cap. 164 of the laws of Kenya, the NFDK focuses on enhancing the social and economic well-being of PWDs. Since its inception on October 4th, 1980, the fund has played a significant role in fostering self-reliance among PWDs and their caregivers.

Gathenya explained that the support provided by NFDK includes the provision of assistive devices and vocational tools of trade to individual PWDs. This approach aims to enhance the capacity of PWDs to engage in productive activities and improve their overall quality of life.

The distribution of donations targets beneficiaries from Kisumu Central and West sub-counties initially. However, NFDK officials plan to extend support to PWDs across all eight regions in the Nyanza region. The donations, totaling Ksh 73,000,000, will include mobility aids, rehabilitative equipment, and tools of trade, benefiting a significant number of individuals.

Following the formal release of funds at Nyanza Regional Headquarters, the remaining resources will be presented to beneficiaries at the respective sub-county offices. NFDK personnel will coordinate with National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) to ensure the effective distribution of resources to eligible recipients.