Kwale, KENYA: Kwale County has set sh.52 million for empowering people living with disabilities.
Speaking on Monday during world international day for persons with disabilities in Kinango, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya said the money will be used to uplift the lives of people with special needs.
“The county government has set aside funds which will help people with disabilities venture in business activities hence improving their well-being,” he said.
Mvurya said that at least 36 people living with disabilities had been employed by county government to work in various departments.
He further said that his government will continue to advocate for the welfare of people with special needs.
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At the same time, Mvurya said that he will ensure all students living with disabilities are given an opportunity to education.
“I want the minister for education to list all students living with disabilities in the county because we want to support them in payment of their school fees,” he said.
National council for people with disabilities county coordinator Joan Chimera said that there are at least 60,000 people living with disabilities with only 5,200 registered.
Chimera insisted on the importance of registering people living with disabilities saying it helps government to easily fund projects targeting people with special needs.
“I urge parents to register their children to help them get assistance from the government,” she said.