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Gender, Youth and Social Services department issues cheques to visually impaired students from Mandera County

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 The department of Gender, Youth and Social Services issued cheques totaling to 564,190 shillings to three visually impaired students from Mandera County in an event graced by the Deputy Governor H.E Mohamed Arai. The cheques are meant for the purchase of braille machines, computers and scientific calculators that will aide them in their studies. One of the beneficiaries, Alim Bash Abdi hails from  Libahiya ward of Mandera East Sub-county is the first born in a family of Eight (8). He has three (3) siblings who are visually impaired. He completed Daua special unit for the visually impaired in 2014 with 286 marks. Alim is now in form four (4) at the Thika School for the Blind. He was position one (1) in a class of 90 students last term.  Truly an inspiring story.  
Since the inception of the devolution the county government through the ministry of youth gender and social services has put down the gauntlet and tirelessly worked to empower and enrich the lives of the county’s persons living with disabilities. So far we have invested over 120 million shillings in purchasing income generating equipment, mobility kits and a significant investment in Capacity building. We carried out baseline survey during the financial year 2015/16 aimed at establishing the population of persons living with disabilities in Mandera County. The main objective was to obtain and provide up-to-date information on PWDs within the county that will be useful in planning, monitoring and evaluating the various activities, programmes and projects geared towards improving PWDs’ wellbeing. In the same period the ministry did as well procure more mobility kits for over 700 PWD’s comprising of wheel chairs, tri-circle, blind sticks and crutches for all the sub-counties due to the demand from the said group, making sure that these people continue to be productive in their area of work. 
Along with what the county has done independently we work very closely with other sectors in order to make sure that poor people with PWDs benefit from the different programs available across all sectors programs such as PWSD-CT. Disability Cash Transfer program targets the most vulnerable PWSDs in the county. Clients receive Ksh. 2000 per month but are paid in a compounded routine after a two month interval. There are 547 clients who are enrolled in the program across the county sub-county, but a scale up is expected to be done in coming month. We have been in contact with the head offices in Nairobi to help register more persons living with disability in the county since there are so many potential clients that come to our offices seeking registration. Mandera County government is committed in giving the necessary support to people with disability because we truly believe disability is NOT inability.
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