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Wheelchair campaign to benefit the disabled

19 December 2013, 08:16 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Kenya Reinsurance Corporation(Kenya RE) Managing Director, Jadia Mwarania, has said over 200 persons with disabilities living in Nairobi, Eastern and Coastal regions will benefit from wheelchair donation in its third Niko Fiti campaign flag off.

Mwarania said that today's level of success is not determined by outstanding business performance but bring the less privileged groups into the mainstream of economic activity to create a nation that is inclusive and cares for all.

"Our aim is to ensure that Kenyans with various physical disability in all 47 counties are empowered to live more independent and stigma free lives to enable them participate more actively in both economic and social life," said Mwarania,

Mwarania noted that the Niko Fiti Ability beyond Disability campaign set to run for three years is expected to sensitize the public about people with disabilities, also to ensure that they are engaged in different aspects of life.

"I call upon insurance service providers to look into packages that can alleviate the challenges faced by families dealing with disability.Also call on Kenyans to support this campaign to treat fellow Kenyans with disability with a heart of compassion and love," said Mwarania.

He urge challenged the government and private sector to consider hiring persons with disability who have the requisite qualifications without discrimination.

Mwarania explained that government's additional support to the persons with disabilities can be in the form of reduced costs of therapy and tax relief for families caring for children with such challenges.

Nelius Kariuki, the Kenya RE Chairman noted that the Niko Fiti campaign has borne fruit by making an impact in lives of about 500 persons living with physical disability across the country since its flag off four months ago.

Kariuki said the third campaign to Eastern and Coastal regions intend to distribute 277 devices to persons living with disabilities.

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