The Bungoma county residents have been urged not to hide their children and siblings who are deaf, as they can benefit from various empowerment opportunities from both the National and County Government through education and business start-ups.
Speaking at the Bungoma Airstrip grounds in Kanduyi sub-county during the official launch of the International Deaf Awareness week, Mrs Wendy Naliaka from the National Government Disability office in the county has said that deaf children can benefit from various scholarship opportunities to further their education.
Mrs Naliaka also noted that through the National Council of People living with Disabilities, the deaf can also receive economic empowerment through loans and grants for them to earn a daily living.
The officer called upon parents to register their children with the council so as to receive free medical services after receiving their Disability Identification cards.
Mrs Naliaka hinted that registered people living with various disabilities through her office will receive tools of trade such as sewing machines and assistive devices like wheelchairs citing that the national government is keen to continue advocating for the rights and welfare of the deaf people in Bungoma County.
According to Mrs Naliaka, the International Deaf Awareness Week main mandate is to sensitize the society on the need to give equal opportunities and platform to the deaf people.
Also in attendance was the Chairman of Bungoma empowerment of the deaf Organization and Disabilities network Mr Adrian Sakwa who has called upon the Bungoma County Government to provide an enabling environment for the deaf by provision of more empowerment programmes for them to earn a living and be independent.
Mr Sakwa said that the county government should also include the deaf in the Governor’s Scholarship programme for them to further their studies.
He thanked the National government for its continued support to people living with disabilities in Bungoma County urging it to add more funds towards the economic empowerment initiatives.
Mr Sakwa challenged the political class to come up with more legislation through the National Assembly so as to protect the interests of the deaf people and other people living with disabilities in the country.