By Innocent Nxumalo
CAPACITATING people with disabilities and communities with special needs remains the main thrust of the Second Republic and its partners as the nation embraces inclusive development.
Notwithstanding that over 25 000 people with disabilities are in need of wheelchairs and other mobility devices, this Saturday the Rotary Club of Bulawayo partnered government and distributed wheelchairs worth more than 12 thousand United States dollars to people with disabilities.
People with disabilities and caregivers underscored the importance of mobility devices in complementing the government’s back to school mobilisation drive.
Upsound… Vox (people with disabilities).
“Mobility devices make our lives easier; it feels so awkward to be bundled up carried by others at school.”
“Now I will freely attend school because I have the means to move from one point to another, this is a life changing gift.”
“It is difficult to care for him when he has no wheelchair because he is heavy to carry. These wheelchairs will make them more acceptable to public members.”
Project Coordinator for Rotary Club of Bulawayo South Miss Sandie Whitehead challenged Zimbabweans to invest more in creating opportunities for communities with special needs.
“This is part of a nationwide distribution done by the Rotary Club. We are grateful to Free Wheelchair organisation that sourced for us. For these beneficiaries, this is one of life changing moments.”
This year Zimbabwe approved and launched the National Disability Policy which seek to address the marginalisation and discrimination of about 1,4 million people in the country who have some form of disability.