Children with disabilities

Children with disabilities are particularly at risk in Africa. Access to health care is already poor and taboo and stigma have left these children more often excluded and neglected. Parents and carers in Karamoja often see disability as a curse and are unaware that some disabilities can be treated medically. CCA provides specialized medical care and contributes to the opportunities of children with disabilities in Karamoja.

Surgical and medical care

The children and their parents / guardians are referred to Kumi Hospital. In this hospital, children with cleft lip and palate, club feet, burn injuries and other disabilities receive proper treatment. When the child cannot be rehabilitated, we discuss other solutions with parents and carers such as prostheses or a wheelchair.

Esther (13) and Irene (7)

Community sensitization

Medical assistance alone is not enough to improve the living conditions of children with disabilities. Children with disabilities only get the opportunity to participate when prejudices and stigmas disappear. During awareness activities parents, carers, teachers and classmates learn about integration and participation of these children in family and community life.

Future prospects

Every child is different. CCA provides appropriate solutions to improve the future prospects of children with disabilities. Some of these children are eligible for our sponsorship program, at inclusive schools or special education schools. Where regular education is not an option, the children can participate in other activities. Youngsters with disability may attend vocational training, and later start their own income generating project or receive micro-credits.

Read the story of Esther and Irene.