Amina Abdalla is one of the 220 nominees set to be given the prestigious Mashujaa Day Award on Wednesday, October 20. The awards will be given by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the celebrations at Warung'uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County.
The Chairlady of Mombasa Women Empowerment Network revealed to a local media house on Tuesday, October 19, that she was rejected and abandoned by her family after learning that she decided to take care of mentally ill persons.
“They used to ask me if I never had something to do and some claimed that it was the responsibility of the government to take care of the patients. My family too faulted me, stating that some cases of the victims were as a result of witchcraft,” said Ms Abdallah.
The 45-year-old started the initiative 10 years ago after noticing mentally challenged individuals roaming the streets of Mombasa being ignored. She then started taking some of the patients to the hospital at her own cost.
She further narrated that she was forced to move a facility she had set aside for the patients to Jomvu. This was after residents protested against having the facilities near their homes.
Amina revealed that hundreds have recovered fully and some have been reunited with their families. She expressed her joy of not only being recognized in the Coastal region but countrywide.
She looks forward to helping more and more people while also throwing caution to the wind for those who believe that being mentally challenged is related to witchcraft.
Residents protesting at Amina Abdalla's facility.
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