Varsity empowers persons with disability
Zetech University is proud to have led an initiative for students and the community partners aimed at enhancing the lives of the less privileged in society. Through the University’s Leo Club, in partnership with Partners for Care and Lions Club International, the institution donated 20 tricycles to beneficiaries from Ruiru Sub County.
This is in line with the institution’s aim to draw the University fraternity towards community service and servant leadership through impactful engagements.
Speaking during the event, , Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Research, Extension and Student Affairs Dr. Alice Njuguna pointed out the key objectives of higher institutions in building the community, “Universities have a larger role of empowering the community, beyond the provision of education. Since inception, Zetech has empowered the business sector enabling stakeholders to set up hostels, hospitals, and other enterprises to generate income. These programmes are great but we become more impactful when we reach the less able and unreached in society.” She said.
One of the beneficiaries Anthony Mbugwa appreciated the move by the University and partners, encouraging Kenyans to make the most of available opportunities, he said, “We as disabled persons have many opportunities to exploit in this country, let us do so and stop begging in the streets.”
On his part, Samuel Wanjau, Director Partners for Care, a non-profit organizations that equips, empowers and encourages Kenyans and partnering organizations to achieve the goal of eliminating needless suffering and death, pointed out the need for industry players and Government to work together in such valuable ventures.
Peter Kariuki, President of the Lions International Club, Ruiru Branch, committed to offer full support to Zetech LEO club as they plan for more community-based initiatives. Speaking to the beneficiaries, he said, “Disability is not inability and we are committed to empowering you for economic transformation”. He challenged them not to sell the tricycles but use them to enhance their lives.
Partnership for economic empowerment and transformation remains a major priority at Zetech, as the University continues to collaborate with Partners for Care in training inmates in ICT, in prisons across the country.