Livelihoods for People Living with Disabilities
Support people living with disabilities in the Diocese of Eldoret, in Kenya, to access small business training and low-interest business loans, enabling a more hopeful future.
Often, when support is given to one member of a family, the whole family benefits. This is what happened in the case of Geoffrey and his daughter, Carren.
Geoffrey and Sally are dairy farmers in Eldoret County in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Carren, aged 19, is living with cerebral palsy and hydrocephaly.
Because of the distance between Carren’s school and her home, and Carren’s need for mobility support, her parents believed that she could not continue with her education. During rainy seasons, her mother would carry Carren on her back. Geoffrey and Sally had accepted that their child would always be dependent on them for everything, including her personal care.
Whilst Carren did have a wheelchair, she still needed help from her parents and siblings to access places like the toilet and bathroom.
Carren felt that she was a burden to the family and had also lost hope in being able to get an education.
Geoffrey applied to receive a small business loan and training as part of AID’s partner, the Diocese of Eldoret’s, Disability Inclusion Project. He was accepted and began training in areas where his business knowledge was not strong – topics such as basic bookkeeping and business management. The project also provided training in child rights, disability rights and inclusivity.
After participating in the training, Geoffrey felt happy that he had learned various ways of managing his business for greater profit. And the dairy farm has started to do very well.
And in terms of the family’s relationship with Carren, Geoffrey and Sally began to realise that because they had been seeing Carren so much in terms of her physical impairments, they had been denying her the freedom and dignity of doing simple household chores and caring for her own personal needs by herself.
Carren’s relationship with the family is improving, and she has developed a more positive attitude towards going to school.
Carren’s family constructed an accessible toilet and shower for her at home. “So, my daughter can now take a shower by herself,” said Geoffrey, smiling. The whole home environment is now more accessible to Carren, and she can now access places on her own that previously required being assisted by her family.
Carren said, “My self-esteem has really improved. I have accepted myself and I believe I am a child, like others. Despite my physical challenges, I can now contribute to the same activities as my siblings.”
Geoffrey also asked the project to support him to enable Carren to continue her schooling. He used some of his loan to buy a motorbike, which he both uses to take Carren to school and also to deliver milk to his customers.
The local community has also benefitted from Geoffrey’s training. The neighbours have learned about the use of animal waste products as manure to fertilise food gardens. And by seeing how the family has been transformed and how Carren is now much more autonomous in her daily life, they have a greater understanding that disability is not inability.
Your support of this project will enable more people like Carren and her family to access support from the Diocese of Eldoret in the form of small business training and low-interest business loans, and to look forward to a much more hopeful future.
It was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
– Psalm 139.13-14
Holy and Undivided Trinity,
we give you thanks for the partnership
between the Diocese of Perth, the Diocese of Eldoret,
and Anglicans in Development
that supports people living with disabilities
to be independent and earn their own livelihoods.
We celebrate that already thirty-three people have been supported
and mentored to manage their businesses.
We look forward to being able to serve
ten new participants in the program this year.
We thank you for calling people with disabilities
to take their rightful place in your Church
as parish councillors and youth leaders,
and we pray that you continue to call others
who live with disabilities into more roles.
We also give you thanks for the Spirit’s call
to the over two thousand people from fourteen Anglican parishes
who have now become aware of the rights of people living with disabilities,
and who are working to make things accessible for all.
We pray through Christ our Redeemer.
In 2024 we hope to raise for this project:
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Your gift will be used to help our Sustainable Communities projects planned for this year.
Your donation will help ABM’s Anglicans in Development and our overseas church partners work with communities to combat poverty, overcome illiteracy, enable better access to clean water and sanitation, end gender-based violence, build equality, increase resilience to climate change and disasters and strengthen community-level leadership.
As noted, this is a tax-deductible project. All donations are in Australian dollars (AUD) and all gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans in Development Ltd’ ABN 86 647 293 481
Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.
Gabriel lives with a disability. Read how his life and that of his family is being transformed through a small business loan from the Diocese of Eldoret in Kenya.
Read stories from people with disabilities who are experiencing greater empowerment in their lives thanks to their own very hard work, and the support of AID’s partner, the Diocese of Eldoret in Kenya’s Rift Valley.