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 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. 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.
In response to COVID-19, Wukwashi team members have visited 700 families in their network, providing soap and bleach to help them protect themselves against the virus. And they have delivered food parcels to the most vulnerable of families. As COVID restrictions are gradually lifted, Wukwashi's support groups are beginning to meet again.