Turkana County Directorate of Social Protection has received four wheelchairs from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) today. The donation aims to support persons with disabilities (PWDs) within the county.

Chief Officer for Education, Social Protection and Administration, Etelej Korea Moses, expressed his gratitude to the IRC for their invaluable contribution.

He emphasized that the donation aligns with Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai agenda of fostering strategic partnerships and collaboration to enhance social services.

“We do not take this support for granted. It is essential to bring together all like-minded partners to pool resources and address the needs of our vulnerable populations,” Chief Officer Korea stated.

The recent data collection initiative across Turkana County highlighted the needs of PWDs, facilitating the identification of individuals requiring assistance.

The Chief Officer clarified that four recipients of the wheelchairs included two children from St. Paul II in Lokichar, one person from Lokitaung, and another from Turkwel had already been identified on the basis of the reports from the assessments.

Leading the IRC delegation, the Child Protection Officer Regina Ongweso affirmed the organisation’s commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable groups across the county.

“The donation of these wheelchairs is just one part of our ongoing efforts to support and protect children and PWDs in this county,” Ongweso remarked.

Director for Social Protection, Mark Amiyo, and his deputy, Hebrews Ignatius Idoka, also addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of continued collaboration between the county government and NGOs to address the needs of PWDs.

The handover ceremony took place at the Child Rescue Center in Lodwar.
Assistant Director for PWDs, Josephat Ekeno, was present.

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13TH-14TH AUGUST 2024