Onyose gets own new bus
“Our involvement with Onyose Trust is not new. In the past we renovated the Onyose Trust building to improve the school environment,” said Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, Chief Executive Officer of the MVA Fund when they donated a bus to the Onyose Trust late last week, reaffirming their obligation to assist in the protection of the rights and dignity of people living with disabilities.
Rosalia explained that the Onyose Trust has been struggling with transport to get their beneficiaries to the Trust and back home and the Fund saw it befitting to donate the bus to ease their mobility.
In an earlier donation, the MVA Fund gave the Trust physiotherapy equipment to improve the rehabilitaton programmes they offer to impaired children and young adults.
Rosalia urged the Trust,s management to maintain the bus and ensure that it serves its intended purpose. She further posed a challenge to other corporate and government agencies to determine the role they should play in society, by increasing efforts to live up to the ideals outlined in national policies and do their part.
Ms Gottfriedine Kaura, acting Director of the Onyose Trust expressed profound gratitude saying “I am out of words. I really do not know what to say but to thank you for this good gesture.” She added that most of the beneficiaries do not come to the Trust anymore due to a lack of transport. The bus they received this week will enable the Trust to fetch their young patients so that they can continue with their treatment and care.
“This donation serves as one of the many strategies the Fund has in supporting the aspirations of people living with disabilities and is founded on the Fund’s Corporate Social Investment policy objectives which are in direct alignment of the inclusive agenda of the government” said Rosalia.
The Onyose Trust works with children and adults from age 8 to 30 with physical, mental, learning and sensory impairments and mental health problems. Their philosophy is that every person with a disability should achieve the highest possible level of personal independence and social participation.