Twelve physically challenged children from a children's home in West Pokot will benefit from wheelchairs.
The assistive devices donated by M.C and K.M Kamdar Foundation in the United Kingdom through Jain Social Group were purchased at a cost of Sh78,000 will go a long way in support the children from very needy background hosted by Bob Leo Children's Home.
"We are presenting wheel chairs for needy children to make their life more comfortable. This is just the beginning, as and when you have any other requirements and were able to assist we shall definitely give our support," said Jain Social Group Chairman Motichand Dodhia presenting the wheelchairs yesterday.
Dodhia added that the group has been involved in several other charity activities over the last nine years including cataract surgery, cornea grafting and chemotherapy and dialysis treatment among others.
Standard Group is also supporting the initiative by providing facilitation and media support with the Group's Chief Operating Officer Orlando Lyomu assuring that there would be additional assistance to the children.
"We will go back and see how we can further contribute to the course and how some of the needs can addressed," assured Mr Lyomu.
He added: "With 78 physically challenged children, it not a small number given the logical and financial aspects that would be required.
The children's founder Leo Staples said he started the Non-Governmental Organization to support the children who were consider different in the community.
Fr Staples said he was saddened by the level of neglect of children with disability in West Pokot including being shunned for the community or leaving in isolation.
"Giving birth to a disabled child in the area was a bad thing for the women and the child. Both ended up abandoned and the children were hidden way," said Fr Staples
He added: "In the process the children grew up in a state of isolation thinking they are the only ones different and end up being miserable. They were also not feed properly which lead to them develop weak limbs and had very little hope that they would ever see school, "
The home cares currently cares for over 70 physical disable children from needy backgrounds having started with on 12. Back in 2010.
The home has grown over the years and included a primary school which caters for children upto standard four while the rest attending upper classes go to nearby school.
It has also opened its doors to children with hearing impairment.
"The home is God sent for the children and several others in the future. We look after their every life aspect including education, medication, revelation and community building," said Fr Staples.
The home however still urgently needs water, more wheelchairs, solar panel, transport, medical assistance among others higher learning institution.