Weʼre raising £600 to Fundraising for a Disability Awareness Day on 28th March in Machakos, Kenya
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I have been volunteering with VSO in Machakos for the last 5 weeks and I am working with Blind and Low Vision Network (BLINK). It was started in 2006 as a self-help group, and was later registered as a Community Based Organisation. BLINK has worked tirelessly since 2006 to dismantle the stigmatisation that People with Disabilities (PWDs) face in Kenya. Here at BLINK we advocate for the rights of PWDs, hold events to raise awareness of disability, educate those with disabilities on their rights and the resources available to them, and assist self-help groups consisting of PWDs to create sustainable livelihood though income generating activities.
The CEO of BLINK, Ken Siocha, who is visually impaired, has encouraged the community in Machakos to understand that disability is not inablility. BLINK is a charity that deserves to be recognised for their efforts over the years, and with the money raised, BLINK can help create an even more inclusive society for PWDs- both in Machakos and further afield.
The money raised will support myself, Mando and Lydia arrange an Awareness Day in a town called Kimutwa, on 28th March. The aim of the day is to ‘Create a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disabilities’. We are hoping to bring people together from Machakos town, Kimutwa and Changala.
Objectives of the Awareness Day:
• Highlight the challenges that PWDs face on a day-to-day basis
• Reduce stigma towards PWDs through shedding light on their talents, abilities and skills
• Inform the general public of the Disability Act and the implications if not properly followed
My team and I are in the process of getting funds from the local community, but would love to start the fundraising efforts as soon as possible.
We would be so grateful if you could support us towards achieving the goal of £600, and kindly ask for any donation- no matter the amount!
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