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. Wukwahi supports children with disabilities and their families – seeing dramatic changes in their conditions – and advocates for the rights of disabled children within churches and wider society.
Wukwashi now runs fourteen 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.
**Right now, Wukwashi's support groups are suspended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Lockdown restrictions were eased eariler in the summer, but a recent spike in coronavirus cases means support groups are unlikely to resume for a while. Please pray for the families Wukwashi supports: children with disabilities tend to be more susceptible to illnesses, and many families are very short of food because their income has been affected by lockdown.**
Wukwashi has also been deeply involved in creating and piloting ‘Transform Disability’, our resource to help church leaders ensure disabled children are included and empowered within their communities. ‘Transform Disability’ is available through the ‘Resources’ area of this website.