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Welcome statement from the Director

I am very proud to be working at Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY) in these interesting times where Disabled Persons Organizations are increasingly playing integral part in shaping the persons with disabilities’ agenda in different sectors of the economy.

Barely three years now since we became a national organization registered to work on empowerment of youth with disabilities in the country; issues of youth had been left off-the radar within the mainstream disability movement thus posing a serious succession challenge within the ranks of the movement in the years to come.

We have become an important stakeholder both in the mainstream disability movement representing issues of youth with disabilities as well as the mainstream youth sector in the country.

I am excited at the prospects we have as an organization that is determined to create a barrier-free society fully inclusive of persons with disabilities, with the new legal framework provided for in our constitution requiring inclusion of persons with disability in national life across all sectors; the stakes are high to ensure that these provisions are followed to the latter to the benefit of the otherwise excluded section of the Kenyan population.

I have been privileged to work with dedicated staff and volunteers that are passionate on the disability agenda alongside our many partners who support the important work we do as an organization.

It is their efforts that paid off when our organization was selected to participate in this year`s Paralympics torch bearing exercise in London before the commencement of Paralympics’ games. A powerful recognition of how we are using sports to develop the talents and livelihoods of persons with disabilities in Kenya.

As we embark on plans for next year, we plan to finalize our new strategic plan as we refocus our efforts on pertinent issues that affect our target group key amongst them being unemployment as we begin to look at creative ways of investing in talents as a strategy of creating employment amongst persons with disabilities in the country.

I therefore personally wish to welcome you to interact with us through this reading, writing to us and following us on facebook and twitter in order to stay informed about our work and choose to be involved in our work, for it is a rewarding journey.

Fredrick Ouko, Executive Director