500 People living with blindness in Bungoma benefit from White Canes courtesy of Safaricom

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Mrs Kioko stated that they are moving around the country and mostly target schools where the company provides the assistive devices for free to learners.

The giant telecommunications company Safaricom has come to the rescue of over 500 blind people in Bungoma County by providing them with White Canes.

According to statistics by the Union of the blind, there are over 3,000 blind people in Bungoma County who need assistive devices to enable them move around and engage in day to day activities without any assistance.

Tabby Kioko, the Safaricom Senior manager in charge of diversity and inclusivity said that it was a pleasure for the telecommunications company to help people living with blindness by providing them with White Canes to make their movements easy.

She stated that they are moving around the country and mostly target schools where the company provides the assistive devices for free to learners.

“The programme was started three weeks ago and it targets all schools in Kenya and the blind older persons, Safaricom ensures that all those affected are assisted to enable them carry on with their lives easily,” said Mrs Kioko.

Speaking at Red Cross Hall –Kanduyi, she pointed out that the white canes will help the blind people to walk with dignity and work without assistance from other people.

The Union’s Chief Executive Officer Jackson Aguvana lauded Safaricom for their kind gesture by providing white canes for the blind community in Bungoma and Kakamega counties.

“We were providing white canes to members who registered with our union, the registration of the blind persons is ongoing and let those who haven’t registered do so, let them turn up and be counted and benefit from assistive devices and also join our Sacco where they will benefit a great deal from loans to boost their lives,” said Aguvana.

The National Council of Persons Living with Disabilities, Western region manager Grace Mang’eni called on residents to register all people living with disabilities at the social services department for them to benefit from government and non-governmental organizations assistance.

“We have the programs where names of people living with disabilities are given a priority when awarding bursary funds and scholarships for school fees, when applying for the same assistance their forms are well labeled for easy identification,” said Mang’eni.

Bungoma County Union of the blind Chairman Bonface Okwara asked the County government to chip in and help them live a comfortable life.

“Majority of us depend on good Samaritans for daily survival, if the County government can come in and help us we will appreciate a lot, we suffer a lot,” he said.

Present were Jared Samba the National treasurer Union of the blind and Gitahi Ngunyi the Public Relations Officer.

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