The combination of poverty and disability is toxic. Add stigma and discrimination, and the mix is even more destructive.
There are an estimated 2.5 million children with disabilities in Uganda. According to a UNICEF-backed 2014 research study*, over 90% may not be in school. Of the children with disabilities who do attend primary school, a staggering 94% will fail to complete primary education. Only a tiny 6% – around 15,000 children across the whole country – make it to secondary education. Factor in the reality that the most of these are children with hearing or visual impairments, and for children with mobility difficulties, the picture is even worse.
We are making Global Care’s 35th year, and the years ahead, a time of transformation for more children made more vulnerable because of the toxic combination of poverty, disability and cultural stigma.
This Christmas we hope to raise £30,000 to support a new initiative in Rukungiri, Uganda, helping children with mobility difficulties get to school. In January 2019 we will start a 12-,month pilot project exploring different approaches to helping these children access education, in partnership with parents and local schools. After 12 months, we expect to have clear evidence on the most effective ways forward, in order to develop an ongoing initiative supporting children with disabilities in sustainable ways. Our Anniversary fundraising – including this Christmas Anniversary Appeal – will put this new project on a secure financial footing. What a fitting celebration this will be for Global Care’s 35th year in the country where it all began!
Our pioneering work with children with disabilities in Soroti, in northern Uganda, over the last five years, has seen transformation in the lives of some extremely vulnerable children. Our Disability Action groups in Atira and now also Abeko, are challenging cultural stigma and helping families affected by disability to work together for change. We look forward to seeing transformation in the lives of children and families affected by disability in Rukungiri too. Please help us be the difference.
Thank you to everyone who has given so far – please continue to support this initiative. .
*Situational Analysis of the Rights of Children with Disabilities in Uganda. Unicef May 2014