The national government has been urged to assisted families to take care of their physically challenged children.
The Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa Branch Board Chair Mahmoud Noor said parents with children who are abled differently suffer high cost of living as such children needs specialised care compared to others.
Mr. Noor said such children needs special care both at home and school, special writing and reading materials, specialised treatment, massage and psychosocial support among other basic and must humanitarian requirements for their upkeep.
While addressing parents, caregivers, well wishers and volunteers at the Kenya Red Cross Society luncheon party held at the Agha Khan hall in Mombasa, Noor said most of these parents are poor and they should get the necessary assistance from the relevant authorities.
Most physically challenged are poor
According to the KRCS Board Chairperson, children with disabilities need special attention which most parents cannot afford.
[Some of the children enjoying every bit of the luncheon party organised by KRCS. Photo/ Courtesy/KRCS].
“We are always urging parents not to hide their physically challenged children but we should also consider their state of living, most of them live in deplorable condition,” noted Mr. Noor.
He also appealed to the County government to activate special programs geared towards uplifting the living standards of such children in Mombasa.
His sentiments were fully backed by the KRCS Mombasa Branch coordinator Mohammed Rajab Said who said such families should be accorded the assistance they need so that they do not feel discriminated.
[KRCS Volunteer emotionally feeds some of the Physically challenged children during the luncheon party. Photo/Courtesy/KRCS].
Rajab noted that most physically challenged people remain on the streets begging for money or other basic needs instead of being assisted to alleviate them from suffering.
He called for proper programs that could help them out of the poor condition.
“These are people who can be trained on entrepreneurial skills, assisted with grants to uplift them together with their families economically,” Mr. Rajab disclosed.
Meanwhile, Rajab urged parents with physically challenged children to seek assistance from relevant public institutions among them the Association for Person with Disabilities in Kenya-APDK so that they can be assisted to enroll in educational institutions.
[KRCS Mombasa Branch Coordinator Mr. Rajab Mohammed Said engaging physically challenged children . Photo/Courtesy/KRCS].
During the luncheon party, eight special schools, 8 orphanages and one old age home the Alms House Nyumba ya wazee participated.
Among the institutions were the Tom Mboya School for children with cerebral palsy, Mji wa salama, APDK rehabilitation centre among others.
The children were treated to games, food, dancing and were later taken back to their institutions and homes across the region.