Members of Kiaora Disability Group have concluded the Beads Art Training Course at JKUAT, Juja Main Campus, Monday, January, 10, 2014.
The two-week training, whose curriculum included: production of beaded baskets, purses, table-mats and a host of other artistic items, was organized under the auspices of the University Community Collaboration Department (UCCD), and it is part of the institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to reach out to various communities which neighbour the University.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the training, Kiaora Disability Group Chairman Mr. Joseph Githu Kuria said, “although we have never been to university, we are very happy and grateful to the JKUAT management through UCCD for showing people living with disabilities a lot of love by sponsoring our training, giving us space and donating the raw materials we have been using to make the beads artwork.”
Mr. Kuria said, the over forty-three members of the group will forever remain grateful of the University’s benevolent gesture, and urged other corporate institutions to emulate the good deeds of JKUAT and assist them acquire a modern sewing machine to enhance their efficiency and mass production of their bead-work art.
During the closing ceremony which saw the first batch of 17 group members awarded certificates after undergoing the training, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga who was represented by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Victoria Ngumi, said, she was “so amazed by the quality of work produced by the Kiora Disability Group and lauded them for their “rare sense of dedication and passion in bead-work during the training” and further re-assured them of the university’s support through UCCD to see them grow their entrepreneurial and artistic skills.
Prof. Philip Ngunjiri, the Director of UCCD (which is domiciled in the University’s Research, Production and Extension Division) re-assured the members of the group of the University’s readiness to “walk with them and assist them secure markets for their high quality products” and appreciated the University Management whose support has immensely contributed to the group’s just concluded training as well as other past CSR initiatives that have benefited the neighbouring communities.
The youth wing of the Group recently benefited from the University’s benevolence following a donation of essential garbage cleaning gear (gumboots, gloves and masks etc) to facilitate the group’s environmental education and cleanliness awareness campaigns in the areas of Juja, Gachororo and its environs.
The function was also attended by UCCD’s Ms. Angela Mwirigi, Ms. Jane Nyambura (the trainer), officials, trainees and other members of the Kiaora Disability Group and youths affiliated to it.