FOUNDING OF DDAK
"It immediately became apparent that the Kshs 20,000 I had brought with me to the meeting was grossly
inadequate – almost an insult in the face of the enormity of the need at hand. I became convinced that this
was no chance meeting, I was here for a bigger reason than to just talk, present a token and leave."
This was the reaction of DDAK’s founder, Stephen Kiema when he met with a group of about 100
persons living with disabilities in Kitui (PLWD’s). Never had he seen so many persons living with
disabilities in one gathering. The inspiration to make a difference was immediate – as most callings
are. And thus, a community-based organization “Persons with Disabilities Association – Kitui”
(PEWDAK) was established in September 2012 – with the goal of empowering persons with
disabilities and elevating their livelihoods in Kitui County. In recognition of the need to serve persons
living with disabilities beyond Kitui, Stephen established “Disability Discovery Association of Kenya”
(DDAK) in 2018 to provide a national footprint.