Young Voices member, entrepreneur, university student and charity founder Hannah Wanja Maina lives in Kenya and campaigns on a wide range of disability and human rights issues
Hannah lives in Kenya and campaigns on a wide range of disability and human rights issues. She is currently studying at the United States International University in Nairobi, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Administration. The 21 year-old makes curios and beads to sell locally and fund her education. This is an area that Hannah feels passionate about and as a result of this decided to take action in her local town. She is the founder of the ‘Friends of Wanja Initiative,’ a mentorship programme at Joy-Town primary school which supports people with disabilities to feel empowered to learn.
The active campaigner is part of Young Voices, a Leonard Cheshire Disability programme that brings together people aged 16-25 from 20 countries around the world. They actively influence events and government policies by giving disabled people a voice. Another of Hannah’s interests is her role as Peer Educator, which involves talking to disabled people about some of the misconceptions that exist around HIV/AIDS and provides advice and guidance on how they can access medical support.
We live in a precarious world. Disasters caused by floods, cyclones and earthquakes have become an increasingly common occurrence. Being involved in a disaster is terrifying. Think about how much more terrifying it can be if you have a disability...
With today's historic elections in Kenya - the first since the announcement of the new constitution in August 2010 - I was interested to find out if the country had endeavoured to hold true to this aspiration. Has the Kenyan government taken steps to make sure that disabled people are included in this election?
December is an important time of year when we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Each year the day focuses on something different. 2012 is all about removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.
16/12/2012 11:08 GMT
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