Many girls with disabilities are not lucky to have an education unlike others

Many girls with disabilities are not lucky to have an education unlike others

The grant that was delivered by Cheshire Services Uganda (CSU) will cater for their tuition, scholastic materials, sanitary material and transport.

Richard Mukaga, the head of programme at CSU, noted that the grant will also help in capacity-building and income-generating projects among the parents of the disabled girls.

?The component of parent capacity-building covers aspects of awareness-raising on disability, income-generation and education specifically focusing on the need to educate girls,? he explained.

The funds will be distributed to four urban divisions of Kampala through 17 groups of parents.

The three-year project is supporting a total of 1534 primary school children from low-income areas of Nakawa, Central, Rubaga and Kawempe divisions.

Mukaga explained that the donation would mainly focus on the most vulnerable girl children with disabilities whose parents have formed groups.

?The grants will be utilised to accelerate the ongoing projects that would help the parents sustain the girl child.?

Godfrey Sempaka, a parent from Rubaga division, said they trained for a period of three months on group dynamics, leadership, saving and business skills among others.

?I am going to improve my poultry farm, now that I have the skills and the money. This will help in supporting my child even after the departure of CSU,? he said.

On her part, Rehema Namusoke, 30, a single parent with two girls with disabilities, said the grant is timely because it will boost her shop and tailoring business.

?My girls are going to be supported at school yet my businesses are also boosted. I thank CSU for this initiative.?

Teddy Kasomoko, a parent from Nakawa, asked the government to also come up with the same intervention for the boy child.

?Like in my case I have three boys with disabilities. They can?t access education because it is expensive transporting them to school every day.

?Government should also come out and help us on these boys,? she appealed.

Nakawa Division deputy mayor Betty Tushabe said the objective of the grant is to improve incomes of parents of disabled girls through creation of employment and increased productivity.

She urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the donations.

?Some people have misused and sold equipment. Division officials will follow up to ensure donations are used appropriately.?

Andrew Ssenyonga, The New Vision


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