When Collins Ariko came out of hospital after three and a half months, he knew he would never make it in life. It was an accident that had taken away his hand and leg and had spent a lot of money on medication but today he tells a different story
Dr Collins Ariko who is the current Emuhaya Sub County TSC Director was involved in a grisly accident tha occurred on 16th of June 2002, Collins involving a Maseno school bus at Kambi Somali on the Nairobi -Nakuru highway.
He was then a physics and chemistry teacher at Maseno School and had taken his students to Starehe school for bench marking as part of Maseno’s plan to revive the declining KCSE perfomance of students.
He says after the accident, which he was the one who suffered most injuries of ll the passengers, he knew he will never do things that brought joy in his life like playing soccer and cycling since he had lost his leg and hand but after years he challenged himself to continue pushing new dreams.
“When I was discharged from hospital, I sought compensation for my injuries but it was not easy. It took a decade for me to realize this, due to many legal and policy impediments. The fact that road traffic accidents are considered as civil cases complicated the matter.” Writes Ariko.
“I can testify that God has since opened new doors and opportunities for me in a great way. As I began coping with my new normal of reduced function of my remaining limbs, I discovered the world of ICT..after the accident I unflinchingly set my mind on my Masters and Doctorate courses, both in Education Administration and Management “ He adds.
he challenges those going through similar condition to find new dreams and pursue them with determination.
”My condition has also taught me to drive a manual car with one hand and a foot. I have acquired the amazing art of juggling between the three pedals and balancing the accelerator and clutch to stop my car in a traffic jam. In fact, I have once driven my car from Kisumu to Mombasa and back safely. When one door is closed many more doors open for you. Take the open doors, relearn if you must and pursue your dreams. ” Writes Ariko