A day after the meeting at the youth empowerment centre, the ABSO held another meeting with persons with disabilities, this time in Namanjalala, Kwanza constituency, Trans Nzoia county. Once again, the ABSO had an opportunity to familiarise itself with other disabled persons residing in Trans Nzoia county. The challenges were similar to those expressed by the group before. However, this time round, the ABSO had run out of t-shirts and was thus unable to give any. But a small token of appreciation and encouragement was given in the form of money to purchase soft drinks such as Soda. For clarity, such acts are not bribery because African culture is insistant on the need to give a token of appreciation to the hoast where-ever one is hoasted; thus these acts are welcome and not frowned upon. The token of appreciation is not just in the form of money, and can be in the form of anything meaningful that one deems appropriate. The ABSO explained in very brief but clear terms what its objectives are. It was then resolved by both sides to closely corperate and ensure that the ABSO gets to register blind persons and other disabled persons as it seeks to recruit more members in line with both its short-term and long-term objectives. In this regard, the recruitment exercise is in line with the ABSO’s 2017-2020 strategic vision, which is already being implemented in practical and realistic terms as we speak.
Finally, on Saturday the 5th of August, the ABSO held another meeting with the deaf persons of Trans Nzoia county. In many ways this particular meeting was historic in nature, as it represented the first such meeting the ABSO has held. The meeting was an eye opening experience, as it gave the ABSO a chance to keenly listen to the challenges faced by the deaf of Trans Nzoia county. The most pressing challenge was that of being marginalised and totally neglected by relevant institutions; be it in the policy-making process, or the implementation of policies. Complaints were directed towards both local law makers and local government officials for not paying attention to the deaf. Since this was the first such meeting, it was resolved by both sides to closely work together and identify ways in which the ABSO can be of assistance. A token of appreciation was given in the form of money. It is the ABSO’s strongest hope that government officials in Kenya will pay more attention to the plight of the disabled, as they constitute one of the most able groups in the country; in many ways more able than able-bodied persons. It is only because of the marginalisation that has occurred to date due to a number of varying factors, that their potential has not been fully realised. Pictures of the activities have been uploaded on the photo gallery section of this website.