Persons With Disabilities in Nandi County will benefit from the National Government Affirmative Fund education kitty, according to Nandi County Woman Representative Mrs. Cynthia Muge.
While offering sponsorship to 60 teenage mothers in the County, the woman representative said women, youth, and persons with disabilities will be prioritized in the program.
She further revealed that fifty women groups, 10 youth groups, and three groups of Persons with Disabilities have already received Ksh 6.5 million to initiate income-generating projects that will guarantee value addition to improve their social and economic status.
According to Mrs. Muge, the program targets mothers aged between 30-45 years who had dropped out of primary and secondary schools because of early marriage and teen pregnancy.
The beneficiaries will pursue courses of their choice at various Technical and Vocational Training Institutes.
Speaking at her office in Kapsabet town, Cynthia stated that most of the mothers had sought her support to facilitate their education to develop skills that would empower them economically.
“We want to empower our adult mothers that’s why we have made arrangements with technical institutions such as Kaiboi, Aldai, Tinderet, Sigoria, and Lesso among others to admit them. Sh 12.2 million has been allocated towards empowering the women to train in different areas of interest,” she said.
Among the courses the adult students will be taking include hotel and catering, food and beverage, plumbing, tailoring, and painting among others.
She further revealed that some 207 students have been given scholarships worth Ksh 1.9 million from the National Government Affirmative Fund education kitty.
Women presented thanked Cynthia for the kind gesture saying educating a girl child is like educating a community.
They noted that Nandi County has some of the highest cases of female school dropouts adding that when such women are skilled, they would be able to earn a decent living and take care of their families.