NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26- Triple Beijing Paralympic games Gold medalist Henry Kirwa is on Monday expected to be named the United Nations (UN) in Kenya Person of the Year.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Communications Officer Nicholas Njoroge told Capital Sport that Mr Kirwa had been recognised for his advocacy against poverty eradication among the disabled people.
“He much appeals to all our eight MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) which we are trying to achieve in Kenya,” he said.
The athlete is also the UNDP MDG advocate in the country.
The UN in Kenya Person of the Year” is chosen based on their personal commitment towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and has been running for the last eight years.
Mr Njoroge told Capital Sport that UNDP was also impressed by the athlete’s humility and his quest to use his funds to help out disabled people across the country.
“As a result we feel it’s about time we recognise his efforts. As the reigning Triple Beijing medallist, he has not received enough recognition and we feel that we need to acknowledge what he has been able to achieve and what he can be able to do to reach out many more people and have a greater impact,” he said.
On his part, Mr Kirwa said he was honoured by the recognition and pledged to continue using his experience and resources to improve the lives of the disadvantaged people in the society.
“I help some in terms of coaching and I will also continue to pay school fees to those who can attend school. As you know many disabled people, me included, are uneducated and that’s why I’m praying hard so that I can be able to give them that chance to go to school,” he told this reporter.
He’s been able to buy cows for others who have many challenges as a way of empowering them to support their families.
Mr Kirwa who participated in the seventh edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon lauded the government for its recognition of the Paralympics but called on it to formulate and implement policies that address their plight.