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Monday, 28 October 2013

Families with disabled members unite

By   Ephantus Kiptanui

Mbogo-ini handicapped self help group was formed early October 2013. It’s located in Mbogo-ini village, Sipili location in Laikipia west district and comprises fifteen members (15), ten being women and five men.

The main objective of forming the group was to help the disabled children improve their nutrition through access to dairy goat products. Mr. Kimani, a well-wisher and teacher at a nearby secondary school advices families who have disabled children to form groups. 

Through the groups, members receive training every Wednesday on proper ways of rearing dairy goats, upon completion of the training; each family will receive a dairy goat from Kuki Gallmann the propriety of Laikipia conservancy. The goat will provide milk which will help in feeding their disabled sons and daughters back at home.

The high cost of constructing dairy goats’ structures and the raising rate of poverty in the area are some of the challenges facing members.

The group members have been given two months to prepare to receive the goats. “I call upon any help from a willing heart to see us through this,”says Mr. Nderitu, the group’s Chairman.

Mr. Mureithi,an extension officer from the Ministry of Livestock has organized to take members through lessons every Wednesday, at Mbogo-ini shopping centre. They also plan to legally register their group, and make their group known worldwide through internet.

” I thank Ng’arua Maarifa Center for offering free internet services to us and making our group known.May God bless you abundantly” says Mr. Nderitu.

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