First Lady’s early Valentine’s gift to the disabled

Besides the Mobile Clinic, the First Lady presented early Valentine flowers to hundreds of disabled children including those undergoing treatment at the facility and others drawn from various institutions for the physically disabled in Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado and Machakos.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with the disabled children at the AIC Cure International Hospital.

Besides the Mobile Clinic, the First Lady presented early Valentine flowers to hundreds of disabled children including those undergoing treatment at the facility and others drawn from various institutions for the physically disabled in Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado and Machakos.

“As we present each one of you with a valentine flower, I want every one of you to always remember, that you are gifted, you are important, and you mean so much to the world”, the First Lady told the children.

She made these gestures at the African Inland Church Cure International Orthopedic Hospital, Kijabe in Kiambu County where she interacted and shared experiences with physically disabled children during the Hospital’s “Night to Shine, 2017 Event”.

Medical equipment

She also laid a foundation stone for the hospital’s Sh 250 million outpatient complex and commissioned Medical Equipment (High Dependancy Unit Machines) donated by Lotto Foundation.

After listening to testimonies and performances from the disabled children, the First Lady said all children including those with disabilities need equal love, compassion, safety, protection and acceptance from parents and the society.

She said disability is difficult not only to the affected children but the parents and the teachers.

“Disability is difficult – and it can be especially difficult for children to cope and live with in a community who, when faced with a disabled person, can either be unkind and ignore them or  be judgmental, finally discriminating, stigmatizing and excluding them”, she said.

She called on Kenyans to create an environment in which all the children can reach their full potential and be what they are meant to be in society.

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