children's rights

"I’ve never thought about disabled children in Africa”


 Is this you? Don't worry, you're definitely not alone.

Our top 5 achievements for 2016 - the year we changed more lives than ever before

‘Changing children’s lives’ isn’t just a catchy slogan.
 

How would you cope with a broken leg for 4 years?

Have you ever broken a bone? If not, the chances are you know someone who has.

Parenting is the hardest job in the world. Some things make it even harder

It’s true that being a parent of a disabled child is even harder because society places barriers in the way of disabled people and their families.

Playschemes: making childhoods happy

Play is crucial to an inclusive future

'I thought my child was a devil'

This isn’t what you expect any parent to say of their own child. However, in many African communities, when the child in question is disabled, this is not unusual. We heard this particular statement from a father at our most recent Parent Support Meeting in Gunjur, The Gambia. But we have heard it before. And it matters – a lot – because it is these persistent and negative attitudes that isolate and disable people with impairments.

Poverty tourism: harming the people you want to help

To allow our projects to become poverty tourism attractions would reinforce the models of charity, unequal relationships and double standards that we reject and deplore. 

This is why we must stop searching for ways to say 'special needs'

These terms impose an identity on people that they did not choose.

Disability Africa's Life Changing Project

Disability Africa's Life Changing Project

It’s safe to say that my first week of work at Disability Africa was unlike any other. This was my first trip to Africa and it was great to see the life-changing work that Disability Africa does.

Finding 500

There are disabled children everywhere in Africa; unknown, hidden and desperately deprived. Disability Africa works with people in African communities to develop awareness of the needs of disabled young people and provide services to meet those needs. 

Sharing Ideas - It's the real Magic!

I had this Idea about two years ago; thought about it for a week and then shared the Idea with a few people - the ones I knew wouldn't think I was too crazy, and they rallied round to help set up a charity