RAFIKI SOCIAL VISION STAMPS HOPE IN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN NAKAWA
By Isaac Akugizibwe
In an effort to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Nakawa under their association “ Care for people with Disabilities, Rafiki social vision has opened up a partnership to dispense support in all spheres to enable them focus on their abilities as opposed to their disabilities.
On their first visit, Rafiki social vision met with men and women with physical Disabilities at Nakawa division headquarters on Friday 03 may 2019, an encounter aimed at finding out the scale of problems and challenges members of care for people with disabilities face such that support could be devised accordingly.
“We have come to make friendship, we have come to know your problems so that we can work together” said Derrick Muyanja one of the visiting members of Rafiki social vision as he saluted a congregation of about 40 exuberant and gregarious men and women brought together by a catalogue of vulnerability.
They were asked to name the different problems and challenges cajoiling their ability to experience a sense of normalcy.
The responses were statling, most of them are susceptible to neglect and social discrimination which leave them almost regretting why they were even born. Nalubwama Mastula who suffers from a hearing impairment has many times failed to access medical facilitation because of her inability to hear properly which makes doctors take long to understand her.
“I find it hard to be treated, the doctors take long to understand my illness, neither do I understand them” Narrates Nalubwama. This calls for training specialists to handle such dilemmas.
“Those labeled “Hand capped” are treated differently by our society which seemingly emphasizes on the disability of the individual instead of their ability which works against the individual” said peter Balwane who works as chairperson for “Care for people with disabilities association.
These people suffer from different physical and psychological impairment which require different attention. The majority suffers from physical disabilities and need support in terms of wheel chairs, walking sticks, support sticks, specialized seats among others.
There is limited access to resources and rights enjoyed by the rest of society. These include access to health care, decent employment, legal representation and other specialized services.
According to Abbasi Mulema, some parents hide children with disabilities from the public and even deny them chance to go to school. This calls for urgent intervention to sensitize such parents and the general public to change their mindset towards disability.
Members of care for people with disabilities have not been sleeping waiting for mercy and empathy from the public instead they have used the association to create hope among themselves. Within this very association reigns the best football team of people with disabilities in Kampala and a promising savings spirit only limited by less capital and income of the members.
Rafiki social vision is devoted to fully support this association grow forward, access specialized services and then new hope but also other compassionate and generous organizations and individuals need to intervene.
To stamp their diligent partnership, Rafiki social vision donated a sack of rice and sugar which were shared equally among the members on top of contributing 200,000 shillings towards the association yet resources seemed not enough. They promised to send more money to support the association.
Rafiki social vision’s generosity and commitment to serve beyond self and bounds should only be an inspiration to other organizations and the rest of society to think about those in dire need.