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Concerns over budget cuts for people with disability

NAIROBI
By Gilbert Kimutai | February 8th 2020

State support for persons living with disability is set to drop after funding was significantly cut this financial year.

According to Issack Ghalia, an official of the National Fund for the Disabled in Kenya, the allocation has reduced from Sh200 million to Sh160 million in the 2019/2020 budget.

The programme facilitates 3,000 persons living with disability across the country, with the aim of improving their living standards.

“We faced a serious cut on our budget this year but I assure our beneficiaries that we will continue offering our services with the budget in place,” Ghalia said in Bomet on Thursday.

Only 34 persons with disability in Bomet benefited from Sh840,000 allocated to the county by the fund this year.

The beneficiaries from across various vulnerable groups got a variety of kits and devices through the programme rolled out by the government in 1980.

Ghalia said persons living with disability are often looked down upon in society and it is the programme’s aim to improve their lives. “This is a group that is always subjected to cruelty in society and they truly deserve to be given a hand,” he said.

He said the selection of beneficiaries was purely based on merit, urging persons with disabilities to apply for the fund when applications open.

“The number of PWDs has risen in recent years and with our budget, the aid is just a drop in the ocean,” he said.

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