The Disabled Persons and the Challenges They Face in Kenya
The Disabled Persons and the Challenges they Face in Kenya
Disability is the condition that makes one unable to perform some duties or functions as a consequence of the physical or mental condition. In Kenya and the world at large, we have a lot of people with varying disabilities such as those who are blind, deaf, dumb, crippled, those with mental problems and hundreds of other challenges. It is a fact that we can never be the same. Despite the challenges we might be facing, we should always be grateful to God.
Take Care of the Physically Challenged
People faced with such kind of challenging situations should be taken care of and be given what they require for instance shelter, clothing, food and most important of all they should be given love. These are the basic needs that everyone deserves, be it you are healthy or physically challenged. The physically challenged should also have a right to get an education and equal access to opportunities available. They should be given the chance to have active participation in mainstream development processes of the country.
They are part and parcel of what happens in our lives and thus should be integrated into the systems that we have. Most of these people are willing and ready to work for their living.
Neglecting the Disabled People
Some parents with disabled children take them as a burden or a curse. They keep them away from society by locking them in a dirty room where they only give them food. This could be a result of cultural, religious views, discrimination by the community or the need for the parent, who are sometimes single, to leave the children behind and find jobs. What people should understand is that anyone can find oneself in such a situation thus one should do to them what one should wish to be done.
Misuse of the Disabled by the Able Bodied
Some individuals have turned disabled persons to tools of the trade to earn money. This has become a worrying trend especially in the capital city of Kenya (Nairobi) and other towns. This is where you find a greedy individual using these physically challenged persons to collect alms which in turn will be pocketed by the greedy individual. It has become a business where these persons with disabilities are placed in strategic places in the morning only to be picked in the evenings and they will not be given the day’s collections.
Begging in the Streets
Others you will be surprised to realize that they are not sick; they will fake all kinds of sicknesses real and imagined sometimes indicated on a manila paper, just to serve the purpose of hoodwinking the unsuspecting citizens. Thus they end up robbing the hard-working citizens without any violence. Them, you will find sleeping outside shop doors and at strategic points on the streets. A small cup, plate or an old tin being shaken vigorously whenever there is a passerby.
They are the earliest people to arrive in town come rain or shine and you do not see who brings them. This makes it difficult to differentiate the fake and real ones who need to be helped.
What Should Be Done?
You might be asking yourself what should be done to help these physically challenged persons. There is a lot that the government of the day can do. There is also much more we as individuals and the community can do to help.
1. Government – The Government should identify the different types of disabilities and set aside places where persons with specific disabilities can be taken care of. One good thing that can be done is setting up, and monetary supporting amenities like specialized schools to cater to their needs. For instance, these are some of the learning facilities set aside by the Government of Kenya:
- Thika school for the virtually impaired
- Embu special school for the mentally handicapped
- Kangundo DEB Primary and Visually Impaired School
- Kisii Special School for the Mentally Handicapped
- Kenya Institute of Special Education
2. Parents – Parents should be educated on how to stay with and support their children with disabilities. Providing them with their basic needs is a must. There is a need to show them some of the physically challenged persons who have succeeded in life. One good example is Nick Vujicic (a man without arms and legs) who has conquered the hearts of many.
3. Society – The society (you and me) have a lot to do. The society should learn how to stay with persons with a disability, love them and take care of them when they are in need. For instance by providing donations of foodstuffs, clothing, and any other humanly support. We should also create awareness about the disabilities most of which have a solution.
4. Equality – People with disabilities should be given equal opportunities in society. They should not be discriminated against or even segregated from the community. Buildings, transport systems, and other social amenities should be made easily accessible and usable by the physically challenged.
Nick Vujicic Inspirational Promo no Arms no Legs no Worries
We have a role to play in helping other people. And again they do not have to be physically challenged. We should make it a common thing for us to help other people and in that way, we will get more blessings.
Let us all empower
and respect the physically challenged,
there is a lot they can do if given the chance.
Disability is not inability.
Kenyan Bus Driver Who Helps Disabled People Get to Work
What is your view?
Do you think your Government is doing the right thing concerning persons with special needs?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Patrick Kamau