The Project Manager of the Sierra Leone Community Rehabilitation and Empowerment of the Blind Project, Kabbakeh Noah has said that they identified over eight hundred blind people in Kenema district. He appealed for the blind to be cared for no matter where they were or what their status was.
Speaking in Kemena where he was presenting over 500 White Canes or walking sticks to the Kenema District Council as help to the blind in the district, Noah said the donation was provided by a company based in the UK with Sight Savers International piloting.
He said the project was built by government and had been working in the country for the past three years with support from the UN World Health Organisation and UNESCO to help empower the blind. He appealed to the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Kenema District Council to ensure the use of the white canes by the blind not only in the Kenema city but in the entire district.
Their strategy he said was to ensure people with disability are able to participate in community development like others are able to.
Receiving the white canes on behalf of the district council the former vice chairman of the Kenema District Council, Lusani Sheriff assured of council’s support to the blind in providing them with homes, health facility and the including them into Ward committees.
Earlier, the Principal Social Development Officer in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Patrick Bangura said the project started in 2005 and was currently operating in seven chiefdoms in the district.
The supervisor of schools, Kenema district JP Fatorma appealed to drivers and motor bike riders to protect and guide the blind.
By Saffa Moriba