3,000 Persons with Disabilities in the North Rift Region to Receive Stipend from the Government to Cushion them from the Impacts of COVID-19

The government has set aside Ksh.200 million to cushion Persons with Disabilities from the impacts of COVID-19. More than 3,000 people with disabilities (PWDs) in the North Rift region are expected to benefit from this fund.

North Rift National Council for Persons with disabilities coordinator, Leonard Dawafula while speaking during the launch of the fund in Eldoret said that they expect at least 100 people with disabilities from each constituency from the seven North Rift Counties to benefit from the fund.

Mr. Dawafula reported that all the seven counties from the region, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Baringo, Turkana, Trans-Nzioa, West Pokot, and Elgeyo Marakwet will receive an allocation to support the PWDs in their respective constituencies. He added that the Council has been working with all stakeholders to identify genuine beneficiaries for the fund and that his officers, together with the stakeholders, have already done mapping and identified those set to benefit.

Furthermore, each beneficiary is to receive Ksh. 2000 monthly stipend starting the month of June 2020. The Coordinator said that a total of 3,229 PWD’s in the North Rift will receive the monthly stipend, as their main target is those who lost their jobs or sources of income because of Covid-19.

Dawafula explained that the Ksh. 200 million is part of Ksh500 million set aside by President Uhuru Kenyatta to cushion Persons with Disabilities from the impacts of coronavirus. The Ksh. 200 million balance is now meant to support those who did not benefit from the first phase of the allocation.

By: Linzer Kibebe

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