Changing the lives of disabled children
According to the WHO, 15% of the world population – over 1 billion people – have some form of disability.¬†For the millions of¬†these who live in developing countries, stigma and lack of resources¬†often mean isolation,¬†unnecessary suffering and¬†lack of opportunities.¬†Only¬†5% of disabled children in developing nations have access to support services.
BCT is committed to mobilising a Christian response to children living with disability, so we are delighted to partner with Wukwashi wa Nzambi who have made it their mission to change attitudes towards disability, challenging stigma and training churches and community groups how to best serve disabled children.
Wukwashi now runs twelve support groups for disabled children across the Copperbelt, as well as enabling four more groups in other areas. At these support groups, children receive physiotherapy, play therapy and (when appropriate) mobility aids, and their parents gain advice and all-important support.
Wukwashi has also been deeply involved in creating and piloting ‘Transform Disability’, our upcoming resource to help church leaders ensure disabled children are included and empowered within their communities. The feedback from the pilot events has been very encouraging and we hope to launch the resource later this year.
In a country like Zambia, your money can go a long way:
¬£11 will pay for a physiotherapist to treat children at a support group.
¬£60 will help Wukwashi to distribute mobility aids to children in their homes.¬†Your donation can make a difference today.