Kenyan First Lady receives wheelchairs from her Turkish counterpart


First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Thursday received 24 automated wheelchairs from Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan.

The wheelchairs were then handed over to 24 beneficiaries who were identified by the Kenya National Council of Persons with Disabilities.

Among the beneficiaries was Grace Wanjiku, an Arts and Film Production student at Kenyatta University.

Speaking during the event at State House, Nairobi, the Kenyan First Lady thanked her Turkish counterpart and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency for the donation.

She said the automated wheelchairs will go a long way in empowering the beneficiaries to live up to their full potential, thereby make their life easier.

“I am truly happy to receive these automated wheelchairs. I’m confident that they will help the beneficiaries who are dealing with different kinds of disabilities – both temporary and permanent,” said the Kenyan First Lady.

She said the gesture by the Turkish First Lady is in tandem with her nature and heart of generosity.

“From my conversations with her Excellency and from my own knowledge of her work, this donation is consistent with her nature and heart: with her history of extending kindness to all people, helping the needy and advocating for the interests of the marginalized,” she said.

The Kenyan First Lady also thanked the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency for undertaking various projects in the country aimed at supporting different groups of Kenyans.

“I know that this gift is just a small part of the incredible work that the Agency has done in our country for nearly 5 years, supporting health, good governance, education, communication, agriculture, women empowerment and water supply and sanitation,” she said.

She underscored the need for people of goodwill to be at the forefront in making the lives of others easier and better.

“We’re here to spread hope. History will judge us not merely based on how high we flew in our personal pursuits but also on who we were, what difference we made to our communities and what legacy we left to the world,” she said.

On her part, the Turkish First Lady said Turkey considers Kenya as a long time partner in social and economic development of their citizens.

“Although the two countries are far apart geographically, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has established the bridge for us to cooperate,” said Mrs. Erdogan.

She said the automated wheelchairs will positively contribute to the lives of the recipients.

The Turkish First Lady commended the Kenyan First Lady for her sincerity in uplifting the lives of the less fortunate through her various initiatives.

Other speakers included Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu, the Principal Secretary for Social Protection Susan Muchache and President of Turkish  Cooperation and Coordination Agency Dr. Serdar Çam.

Also present were officials of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities led by their Chairman David Ole Sankok.


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