Herman Lihanda, a physically challenged man from Korogocho area is a man who has beaten all odds in various circles.
Lihanda who became disabled later in life is an independent man despite spending most of his time on the wheelchair.
A phone interview with Herman got my attention considering the fact that he also leads a youth group in Korogocho area in Nairobi County.
The group known as Jionee kwa macho according to Lihanda was started in January this year.
“I started it as a youth group in January this year. My aim is to give a voice to the hundreds of voiceless youths,
He further pointed out that he has gone through a myriad of challenges as a PWD.
According to him, most private and government institutions fail to consider PWDs when job opportunities arise.
He attributes this to his disability saying, “I do not get these opportunities maybe because I spend most of my time on the wheelchair”.
Lihanda said he has been going through an economic strain, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, where he says used to survive through the Lord’s grace.
He also pointed out that he has not received any financial or material assistance from any government quarters.
Access to services has also been an uphill task for him.
He says the area has inadequate health facilities, which even complicated the whole cycle.
Lihanda adds that in most cases they are mostly referred to other hospitals, which he says is quite challenging.
Gov’t failure to address our concern.
He lashed out at the government saying it has totally failed to address their concerns.
He said “We are not being empowered by government, and this I think is because they think we are unable’’
My life after five years
With the youth group he has formed, he hopes to make a difference in the community.
He said I would like us to make a mark in someone’s life
However, he lamented over what he claims is discrimination of the highest standard.
“We face all manner of segregation in the community ranging from various areas.” He noted.