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Wukwashi Wa Nzambi is committed to seeing all children living full lives.
It is all too common for disabled children in¬†the global south¬†to be isolated, neglected and written off as useless because of stigma, ignorance and¬†misguided beliefs.¬†In Zambia in particular, most children living with disabilities do not attend school and many rarely leave their own homes. Wukwashi’s staff strive to¬†convey that children with additional needs are just as valuable and significant as any others.
‚ÄėI toilet and wash Elena, feed and look after her,’ says twelve year-old Sonia.¬†‘Mummy has to work, so I look after Elena.‚Äô Sonia does go to school but continues with the care of her sister when she gets home.¬†Her situation is not unusual: many children carry the lion‚Äôs share of responsibility for highly-dependent children like Elena. Although Elena is grossly under-sized for her age, she is nevertheless a heavy weight for a young girl like Sonia. Wukwashi is giving Elena a wheelchair, which will make things easier for both the girls. And Wukwashi can now give them both the support that they need.
Wukwashi helps children with additional needs in a variety of ways.¬†At their¬†weekly support and physiotherapy groups, children with disabilities can play, make friends, receive vital therapy, and even be assessed for¬†mobility aids. These groups also provide the children‚Äôs parents and guardians with vital support.¬†Wukwashi also¬†helps disabled children to access education¬†and¬†learn simple life skills, so they can become more independent and make a contribution to their communities.