There are an estimated 93 million children with disabilities in the world and these children represent one of the most marginalised groups on the planet. Children with disabilities must frequently overcome prejudice, stigma and institutional barriers to education and services, as well as their own physical or mental challenges.
BCT is committed to mobilising a Christian response to children living with disability. We are proud to partner with the extraordinary Wukwashi wa Nzambi, who are a force for transformation in Zambia. Wukwashi supports children with disabilities and their families – seeing dramatic changes in their conditions – and advocates for the rights of disabled children within churches, through denominational networks and using local media.
Wukwashi now oversees sixteen support groups for disabled children, run by volunteers from local churches. At these support groups, children receive physiotherapy, play therapy and (when appropriate) mobility aids, and their parents gain advice and all-important support. The Wukwashi team equip the volunteers through ongoing advice and training, ensuring that the support offered through these groups continues to be excellent.
Wukwashi has also been deeply involved in creating and piloting ‘Transform Disability’, training church leaders to ensure disabled children are included and empowered within their communities. As a result, churches are taking practical steps to become more accessible - including installing ramps for wheelchair-users.
‘Transform Disability’ is available through the Resources area of this website.