The combination of poverty and disability is toxic. Add stigma and discrimination, and the mix is even more destructive.
What a difference a toilet makes.
*Ruth’s lower limbs are paralysed, so she can only shuffle on her bottom. Her mother was determined she would start school, and carried her 4km every day to get her there…but after 4 days, Ruth was asked to leave. She couldn’t use the toilet independently, so she wasn’t welcome.
When Ruth joined our Rukungiri Disabilty Project, our team were able to commission a new toilet and path that Ruth could access. With the gift of a wheelchair, and a more inclusive headteacher leading the school, Ruth can now access education. Read her full story here…
What are the challenges for children with disabilities in accessing education in Uganda?
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.
How is Global Care helping children with disabilities get to school?
In Rukungiri, in rural South Western Uganda, we are working to break down the barriers which keep children with disabilities out of education. Focusing on the needs of children with mobility difficulties, a pilot project started in January 2019, working with parents and local schools to explore ways of helping up to 20 children get to school. Now the research phase is drawing to an end, we have a host of data and ‘lived experience’ information regarding the most effective and sustainable ways of making education accessible for children with disabilities. As we continue to monitor the children in the project, and consider the lessons learned, we hope to launch a long-term initiative supporting these children and many more.
Two of the biggest barriers have been the lack of accessible toilets, and transport to school, often involving long distances on narrow hilly paths.
How can I help?
Join us on the journey to transformation by partnering with us today. Your regular monthly gifts will help us develop this new work from a stable foundation, helping these children and others attain the education they deserve, and build a brighter future.