In early 2014 we expanded our disability programme to Uganda to support the needs of children with disabilities, an extremely marginalised and vulnerable group. Many of the children are discovered hidden away or isolated in their homes without access to education or rehabilitation of any kind.
Our work includes a strong element of advocacy with frequent public events and media coverage (TV and radio) to help to educate the local community about types and causes of disability and to challenge prevailing negative attitudes.
An example of this work is the march we held on World Autism Day which went through the town culminating in a public meeting with a range of speakers including the Police Chief and other local dignitaries. They addressed the assembled school children and community members about the intrinsic value of children with disabilities and the need for compassion, understanding and inclusion.
Moses Awusimbi, Director of Special Children Special People, frequently takes the children to church services in the area surrounding the residential home to raise awareness and encourage practical support. Events like Give Out And Love (GOAL) in Mpigi district are also an opportunity for community members to donate items of clothing for those less fortunate than themselves and is a powerful demonstration of support for Special Children Special People.