The American Government will partner with West-Pokot County to address the plight of the physically challenged children and support other development projects.
The US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, said this recently during his maiden tour of West-Pokot County. He was received by the Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo. In their discussion, economic empowerment, education, agriculture and the infrastructural inadequacies were singled out as key areas of partnership.
Some of the places that the envoy visited include the St Francis School for the Visually Impaired - Kapenguria, where he met students and teachers. Ambassador Godec promised to look into the challenge of special equipment in the school. Thereafter he met another group of students sponsored by US Government at Murpus Rescue Centre. He also held a closed-door meeting with Pokot Youth Bunge Forum on matters youth.
First Lady Dr Mary Lonyangapuo outlined county’s special focus on Early Childhood Education (ECDs) to increase enrolment in our schools and improve retention levels. To achieve this, advocacy and sensitization programmes must be put in place. The main challenge bedeviling this initiative is high rates of malnutrition among the school-going children.
Also matters of health - notably reproductive health and maternal health - were highlighted.