Promoting mobility, rehabilitation and autonomy among children with disabilities in Uganda
PBF, together with the local aid organization in Uganda, Action of Love International (AOLI), has participated in a program aimed at supporting children with severe disabilities. It is located in the Soroti. PBF is in contact with a young, dedicated social worker, Jefferson Kandi. Dan Amolo visited him in April 2022. AOLI designs its program for families with severely disabled children and tries to improve their living conditions. It should be noted that all disabled children of school age cannot attend classes, one third are orphans or half-orphans, one quarter suffer from a chronic disease. In order to achieve the goal of integrating the children, mobility, illness, therapy, lack of funds and poverty prove to be the most important difficulties. PBF intervenes first in the promotion of mobility (wheelchairs suitable for children), promotion of movement, general health and improvement in the acquisition of livelihood of families. The goal is to enable people with disabilities not only to overcome their material difficulties, their poverty, but also to protect them from isolation and violence. PBF’s assistance is aimed at families in particular need. With wheelchairs for children on the one hand and with the purchase of cows (dairy farming) on the other hand, it was already possible to promote their living situation and independence in the summer of 2022. Thanks to the commitment of some parishes in the canton of Zurich, the activities of Action for Love could be supported with more than Fr. 40’000 until today. An intensive contact with the person in charge Jeff Kandi about the use of the funds and the daily new challenges far beyond the previous commitment show the valuable services of PBF in Uganda.
The current analysis of June 8th and 9th 2023 with pictures (pdf <klick here>) gives detailed insight into the medical situation.