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World Disability Day, Kibera, Kenya

By Dave Talbot, Crutches for Africa

Recently the world focused on the issues surrounding the disabled. Crutches 4 Africa, working together with NGO groups in Nairobi went into Kibera slum protected by an armed contingent of police with automatic weapons.

Kibera was recently marked as the world's third worst slum and has only recently acquired some sources of water.  Scenes of alleys choked with garbage and children playing in piles of rotting refuse are common.  It was in this setting that we went into to deliver mobility devices to people that lack almost everything.  We were greeted with rejoicing and after a round of speeches we delivered what we had brought and turned it over to the disability group leaders, thus giving them the tools needed to empower the people.

We have been here before and God willing, we will return again to build upon the foundation of good will and hope.  We departed with the prayers of those there that remain in that place called Kibera, still ringing in our ears.

 

Dave Talbot is a member of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club, Colorado (District 5450).  His organization's website is www.crutches4africa.org

    




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