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Voices From the Field

Seeing the able and not the Label.

HIJRA with the support from MTI assessed 172 children with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spinal bifida to pyshical, hearing and visual impairments in Nakivale Settlement Camp. This was done as part of HIJRA's 2017 community services implementation plan under psychosocial support to strengthen the most vulnerable persons of concern especially with disabilities. Wheel chairs and visual appliances were distributed to the physically imparired children whereas the rest were educated on the different physiotherapy exercises and nutritional support they need to maintain a normal life. 

Most children with disabilities living within the settlement from poor backgrounds and therefore they are frequently trapped in a vicious cycle of exclusion from society. Their physical, mental and emotional developmental processes are viewed as a curse within the family and most of them are neglected by their parents and care givers. Without appropriate assistive devices, psycho-education to their parents and care givers, such children often lack the means to participate in education, socialization activities and training programmes for independent living and contribution to the development process. 

During the activity, the parents were educated and trained on psycho-education through guidance on the care for their children. "It is through this empowerement that the parents are equipped with the skills and knowledge about their children's conditions and disabilities hence learning how to take better care of them," says Jimmy Nyeko, Psychosocial officer, "They have also promised to take good care of the equipment handed over to them."

HIJRA will continue to work in partnership with the parents and care givers to maintain the quality of life of children with disabilities till they are in position to live an independent life free from stigma and discrimination.

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