Sad Story as Disabled Murang’a Man Digs Farms to Raise Money for Artificial Leg.

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Picture Courtesy : Peter Ndichu digging while seated.

International Day of Persons With Disabilities aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.

As the world on Friday celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, in Murang’a, Peter Ndichu, 46, was not distracted as he entered his 83rd day of his targeted 2,000 days of digging for money to buy himself a prosthetic leg.

His main goal is to raise Sh300,000, the amount required to buy the leg from a health facility based in Kiambu County.

Speaking to media at his Karigu-ini home, Ndichu said “After waiting in vain for well-wishers to come to my aid, holding three harambees that raised a total of Sh23,000, I decided to take charge of my destiny,”

He now seeks menial jobs to do in his village at a daily pay of Sh200 of which he saves Sh150 for his prosthetic leg project.

He stated “As others were busy celebrating the international day for those who like me live with disability, I was busy in a neighbour’s land digging. It was my 83rd day where by evening my savings would have hit Sh12,450 with 1,917 days to go for me to raise the remaining Sh287,550,”

Ndichu’s story of self-determination, faith and hope in life started in 2000 when his right leg developed a pimple just on the inner side of the ankle.

He narrated “It was a small itchy thing that I ignored. It developed into a wound that I would smear with banana stalk juice. It did not heed that traditional therapy and I started washing it with salty water,”

Tired of seeking medical help which was only aggravating his stress, he decided to stay at home and await fate to take its course.

But in January 2021, he made for himself a new year resolution that he would work for his leg.

He said “I started looking for menial labour in my village and my favourite work is digging. I have been digging when work is offered and by yesterday (Thursday), I was cumulatively on my 83rd day of digging,”

His hope is in the immense goodwill he is receiving from his neighbours and who, despite his work of digging farms being seasonal, are trying their best to support him.

He said “I won’t take free money or go to the roadsides to beg. I will dig in people’s farms, which is a big challenge since I have to dig while seated and crawling to shift and change positions,”

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