14th May 2019
For immediate release
NFDK GRANTS TOWARDS FACILITIES IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS
The National Fund for the Disabled has today issued Kshs. 40,000,000.00 to various special schools across the country in a function held at New Rehema House, Westlands, Nairobi. The grants will go towards flagship projects undertaken by the Fund for infrastructural development in the institutions of learning which take care of children with disabilities. The funds were disbursed during a contract signing event earlier today, where 16 schools represented by their head teachers entered into formal contracts with NFDK. A total of 24 institutions have been earmarked for funding this financial year, Kshs. 60,000,000.00 will thus have been used on flagship projects.
Since 2009/2010 financial year, NFDK has sponsored 2 or 3 projects per county with each getting Kshs. 2.5million. The programme has been made possible through the assistance from the National Government which supplements NFDK’s rental income. So far a total of 97 projects have been successfully undertaken with 72 having been completed and commissioned. The principal rationale is to construct accessible facilities which will enable learners with disabilities access their right to education. Such facilities would guarantee increased enrollment and retention of learners with disabilities.
Speaking during the function, the Chairperson of the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya Mrs. Kristina Wambui Kenyatta-Pratt, urged the institutions to adhere to the set timelines as well as being good stewards of the resources allocated to them and work in cohesion to ensure proper utilization of resources. “I look forwards to timely completion of these projects so that our children with disabilities can use them as they pursue their right to education” she said. The successful institutions will receive the grant in 3(three) tranches to ensure proper standards are kept in the course of construction. Some of the facilities the undertaken by the Fund include dormitories, ablution blocks, classrooms and vocational training centres among others
“Whatever we are doing here today, is within our strategic objectives specifically relating to service delivery and advocacy. We are aiming to have four projects per county, fully accessible and impacting the lives of children with disabilities by the year 2020,” said Mrs. Pratt.