We are working to ensure that disabled children in Kambia have the freedom to travel to and within their local schools without assistance and with dignity.
Kambia is an especially deprived region in one of the world’s poorest nations. It just isn’t feasible for a family to be able to afford the expense of a wheelchair or crutches. If a disabled child wants to get to school they must depend on being carried by relatives or friends. The ‘no-touch’ policies introduced at the height of the Ebola outbreak have made it even more difficult to find people willing to help.
To enable disabled children to get to school, and with freedom and dignity, we are distributing crutches and mobility aids to ten schools. The mobility aids, made by our local partners WESOFOD, are known as ‘Personal Energy Transports’ (PETs) and are built to survive Kambia’s uneven rural roads.
School buildings in Kambia are basic. To get in to them, children with disabilities rely on being carried by classmates or teachers. Inaccessible bathrooms force disabled children into going to the toilet outside. Deprived of their independence and their dignity, many disabled children stay away from school altogether.
We are renovating ten rural schools, making them open and accessible. By building ramps, fitting handrails and widening doors, disabled children are being given the freedom to move around their schools unimpeded. Adaptions to existing toilets is making them useable for all. All of this work is being done under the expert guidance and to the exacting standards of our local partners, WESOFOD.