Is this you? Don't worry, you're definitely not alone.
At Disability Africa, we try to think things through before we act. We do get emotional sometimes, but we try never to let that guide our strategy.
It’s a pretty terrible statistic that only 2% of disabled children in Africa attend school, so wherever we go, we are always keen to have the conversation.
Only 2% of disabled children in Africa are attending school. This clearly isn't good enough. But what is inclusive education? Well, it's about much more than just being in the same room. We need to consider the complex reasons why disabled children are denied their right to a quality education and adopt a child-centred approach which looks beyond simple statistics.
‘Changing children’s lives’ isn’t just a catchy slogan.
Have you ever broken a bone? If not, the chances are you know someone who has.
We know things are bad in orphanages and institutions for disabled young people – but did we know they were as bad as this?
3rd December is a day of huge significance
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.
Our Project Development Officer for East Africa explores inequality, poverty and disability in rural Kenya
Chained to a tree in all weathers for years on end in order to ‘cure’ people with mental health issues
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.
These terms impose an identity on people that they did not choose.
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.