Youths with disabilities in Trans Nzoia County have a reason to smile after receiving tools of a trade valued at Ksh 2 million on June 23, 2020, as support from the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) to help empower them financially.
Speaking in Kitale during the distribution of the tools to the beneficiaries, Trans Nzoia NCPWD coordinator Brian Musa Siyambu said, the move was meant to help persons with disabilities employ themselves. “We are aware of what the special interest groups go through especially with the pandemic outcome hence we decided to empower them to be self-employed,” said Siyambu.
The support benefitted at least five people with disabilities, one from each sub-county who received farm, barber, salon, and welding kits. The beneficiaries were selected from across the county, with priority given to the most needy. Furthermore, the tools of the trade were distributed under a pilot project being conducted across the country with more youths with disabilities set to benefit once the initiative is fully rolled out.
The coordinator further applauded the county government of Trans Nzoia for its efforts to ensure vulnerable people such as the elderly and PWDs are taken care of, adding that social protection efforts put in place by the National government for the elderly and the orphans had cushioned the groups against abject poverty.
By: Linzer Kibebe