Greetings and remarks from Cecilia Morel Montes, the First Lady of Chile
The International Day for Persons Living with Disabilities
This year, our Centre was selected to host the main Kajiado County Celebrations to mark the
International Day for Persons Living with Disabilities.
To best interpret the theme this year: "
Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post
", The Centre which continues to demonstrate its commitment to vulnerable groups during this
difficult time, had lined up the following activities;
Report on the Joint Emergency Intervention Program together with the Kajiado County
Government – Currently we have received 270 children with mental conditions and
syndromes who come to the Centre daily to receive rehabilitation and early intervention
to prevent regression.
Opening of new hygienic facilities for persons living with disabilities sponsored by
Manos Unidas Foundation from Spain.
Launch of a 1-year Campaign Against Malnutrition where 400 children will benefit
supported by Peanut Butter Project
Launch of Home-Based Rehabilitation Care Services for persons with special needs
supported by Hickey Family Foundation from United States of America.
The day was graced by;
H.E Martin Moshisho – Deputy Governor Kajiado County
Msgr. Visvaldas - Secretary to Nuncio
H.E. Alejandra Guerra – Ambassador of Chile
Mr. Stephen Fagan - Second Secretary, Embassy of Ireland
Rev. Fr.Mwangi - Executive Diocesian Secretary , Diocese of Ngong
Ms. Isabella Padua - Member, Don Orione Centre Advisory Board
Among other key stakeholders and partners not forgetting our beneficiaries and main
celebrants of the day – Our children and youth with mental conditions and syndromes.
H.E Martin Moshisho, Deputy Governor Kajiado County
We also had key note speeches and remarks read out to our guests from our international
H.E. Cecilia Morel Montes – First Lady of Chile
Ms. Nancy Baldwin – Trustee and Executive Director, Hickey Family Foundation
Dr. Luis Franceschi - Senior Director, Governance & Peace at the Commonwealth
Mr. Hernán Larraín Fernández – Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Chile
Ms. Petra Poľašková -Development Cooperation Counsellor, Embassy of Slovakia
Fr. Alejandro Ruiz – Director, Orione Community Training Centre
The Centre will also received special recognition for its contribution during this difficult
time of the COVID 19 pandemic by the United Nations special Envoy on Disability and
Accessibility Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes of Chile.
H.E. Alejandra Guerra, Ambassador of Chile and the Consul, Mr. Alejandro accompanied by the project manager Richard Manyara
We remain grateful to our benefactors, partners and friends for their continued support and
help without which our works would not be possible.
Let’s continue working together towards the promotion of dignity, love and respect for
persons living with disabilities