Coast RC calls on corporations to back artificial limbs donations

23Sep 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Coast RC calls on corporations to back artificial limbs donations

A record 130,000 residents of Coast Region have defective limbs emanating from accidents but also natural disabilities hence companies should back government efforts to provide them with artificial limbs.

Kamal Group’s managing director, Sameer Gupta speaks during an event when the company donated 100 artificial limbs to maimed people in Bagamoyo last weekend. Others in the photo are: the group’s human resources manager, Emma Mwenda (C) and board member who is also retired permanent secretary in Ministry of Industry and Trade, Dr Adelhelm Meru. Photo: Guardian Correspondent.

Coast Regional Commissioner, Abubakari Kunenge said last week during a ceremony where Kamal Group donated 100 artificial limbs to assist maimed people, that many of the victims need donations because they cannot afford to buy them.

He said people in the region lack the means to buy such gadgets because they don’t work as a culture of laziness is prevalent. “The problem is that most of our people in this region are quite unproductive. They don’t love working,” he said while urging them to change their attitude and seize employment opportunity created by investors such as Kamal’s Group’s cashew nut processing plant.

Kunenge who presented the artificial limbs to representatives of the beneficiaries, commended Kamal Group’s management and owners for the donations which have reached over 1,000 people in the past seven years.

He urged residents of the industries dominated region to get jobs because there are hundreds of factories needing labour saying a lot more mega projects will soon be implemented in the region. “Lets get jobs and earn income to live better,” the RC urged the residents.

Under Kamal Group’s cashew nuts processing project which has so far attracted over 100 Tanzanians, they will be given space at its industrial park in Bagamoyo district where they will operate small scale cashew nut processing plants.

Earlier, Baganoyo District Commissioner, Zainabu Issa said her district is home to a total of 145 industries with Kamal Industrial Park offering another opportunity for the area to flourish economically.

Through its subsidiary, Kamal Agro Limited, the city-based conglomerate has come up with an ambitious project that will see hundreds of Tanzanians becoming active participants in their country’s industrialisation agenda.

According to the group’s Managing Director, Sameer Gupta the company has been donating the artificial limbs through its Peoples’ Empowerment Foundation (PEF). Gupta said through the PEF, Kamal Group seeks to empower people with disabilities so they can go about their various income-generating activities with much ease.

“Economic opportunities for people with disabilities are limited due to many reasons. Through these prosthetic limbs project, we are playing a key role of empowering people with disabilities so they can easily be mobile hence engage in income-generating activities,” he said.

Kamal Group has investments in a number of industries in the country with prominence in steel manufacturing. Apart from the artificial limbs project, Kamal has also been feeding over 3,500 children at Chanika and Nzasa Primary Schools in Dar es Salaam for the past seven years.

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