(PSCU)—First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has received a donation of 100 special wheelchairs from the Giants Group of Nairobi.
The 100 special wheelchairs brings to 240 the number of mobility carts the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative has received since last month when the First Lady began implementing the second Strategic Plan of her Beyond Zero initiative.
Last week, the First Lady distributed 140 hand-driven mobility carts to persons living with disability in Migori County.
The Kenya Relief Organisation, a faith-based organization from Migori that helps vulnerable groups across the country, donated the carts; other beneficiaries of the 140 carts were drawn from Kwale, Narok, Kisumu, Nakuru, Machakos, Lamu, Eldoret, Kisii, Busia, Bomet and Kericho.
The chairs donated yesterday by the Giants Group of Nairobi will be distributed to needy Kenyans in line with the new strategic plan of the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative.
Giants Group of Nairobi is a charitable organization which has been offering services to the less fortunate members of the society in Nairobi and across the country for over 30 years now.
The new strategic plan consolidates the gains made by the Beyond Zero initiative in the last four years. It is also designed to boost access to quality medical services for cancer and fistula, and ensuring fairness for children living with disability.
As he handed over the wheelchairs at a ceremony held in State House, Nairobi, the chairman of the Giants Group of Nairobi, Mr Altaf Abdalla, thanked the First Lady for her devotion to uplifting the lives of the less fortunate.
“We sincerely appreciate your hard work in putting a smile on the face of Kenyans through the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative,” Mr Abdalla said.
The Giants Group pledged to work with the Beyond Zero secretariat to ensure the First Lady’s vision was achieved.
They also pledged their support to ensure that as many citizens as possible get access to services that would improve their lives.
“If there is anything we can do to uplift the lives of Kenyans, then we are ready to partner with you,” the businessman said.
On her part, the First Lady expressed her appreciation to the organisation, saying the wheelchairs would change the life of many Kenyans living with disability.
“On behalf of Beyond Zero, I would like to say ‘thank you’. We appreciate your generosity and concern for the less fortunate,” said the First Lady.
At another function also held at State House, the First Lady donated a bus with special features to Therapies For Kids, to provide transport for children living with disability.
Therapies For Kids is a state-of-the art shop that allows the families of children with disabilities to access their therapy needs in one place.
Nine children living with disabilities, and their parents and guardians, had the chance to meet and talk to the First Lady, and to ride in the new bus.
Therapies For Kids Directors, Catherine Simaton and George Muia, and other board members, expressed their appreciation to the First Lady for the new bus, saying it would boost transport services for children with disabilities.
Earlier yesterday afternoon, the First Lady held talks with outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Liu Xianfa.
Ambassador Xianfa, who was accompanied by his wife Li Ping, expressed his gratitude to the First Lady for her support during his tour of duty in Kenya.
He also praised the First Lady for her initiative to champion quality medical services for women and children.
“I was really touched by your spirit of care for the less fortunate. Looking back, I have witnessed so many achievements through your support,” said Ambassador Xianfa.
The First Lady thanked the ambassador saying she looked forward to continued partnership with the Chinese embassy.
The embassy has been a strong supporter of the ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign. It has funded the purchase of mobile clinics and medical equipment for four years since the inception of the First Lady’s initiative.
During the launch of the second strategic plan for the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative, the Chinese embassy donated specialised medical equipment worth Sh15 million.
The equipment, which included infusion pumps and microinjection pumps, will be installed in six health facilities in Nairobi and Tana River counties.