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The Disabled Persons and the Challenges They Face in Kenya

Updated on January 9, 2020
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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.

International Symbol of Access
International Symbol of Access | Source

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.

Disabled Persons

Disabled Persons
Disabled Persons | Source

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

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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


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    • Patkay profile imageAUTHOR

      Patrick Kamau 

      12 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      How are you, Mellissa. Thanks for your comment. I agree with you that there are a lot of resources that need to be exploited. We can make use of them to better the lives of others. And that is one sure way that we can make a difference. Just like the way you are using hearing aids to see the world. Wishing you all the best.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      12 months ago from South India

      Hi, very good concern from you for the physically challenged persons. Read my hub:

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      16 months ago

      Hi, I have two disabilities, and I certainly feel the world needs to be made more accessible. We have plenty of resources, but don't know they are out there. I read through the article briefly, good stuff. I'm blind and wear hearing aids.

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      Patrick Kamau 

      24 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Hamdani Den for reading and commenting.

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      Hamdani Den 

      24 months ago

      Like this

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      Patrick Kamau 

      5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I totally agree with you @naomi irush thanks for your views

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      naomi irush 

      5 years ago

      the best thing one could give to another is by having the right attitude towards them. the disabled need us and we need them too.

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      Patrick Kamau 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks CraftytotheCore for sharing with the world and helping your son overcome challenges. It is a bad world we are living in where the strong want to dominate the weaker ones, even for normal persons without challenges. But i believe if we can all fight for each others rights, then things would turn out to be better. We are trying to wake up and champion the rights of those who needs special attention but it might take ages. Thanks a lot, wishing you and your son the best.

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      7 years ago

      Hi Patkay! My son is special needs. I live in America. Reading your article made me realize how fortunate we are in this country to have so many programs for disabled people. Yet, even though we have a tremendous amount of resources and support in this country, I still find it very difficult to navigate through the system. You wouldn't believe what I've been through in the past two years to get my son the services he really needs. My hard work paid off. He is doing excellent in school and is above average in math.

      While reading your article, I felt sad for the disabled people, especially children, who are locked in dirty rooms.....but at the same time, I can only imagine how difficult it is for the parents or caretakers when they have absolutely no support or accommodations to assist them in raising a child who needs the most care! It's a tragedy.

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      Patrick Kamau 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi lucy patrick, I quite agree with you. We must also support them in any way. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      lucy patrick 

      7 years ago

      yes the society must learn on how to stay with disabled people. thank patkay


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