RCDA Launches New Advocacy Drive for Persons With Disabilities in Uganda
By: Rena Community Development Association Uganda
"In the developing world persons with disabilities often find themselves marginalized and severely disadvantaged – from having to skip school as parents and relatives are forced to "prioritize"
This is hardly surprising, but it spells disaster for a sizable chunk of the population of any African country. When you want to build a nation that works for all sections of the population, you can't afford to leave the persons with disabilities to fend for themselves.
"We are grateful for the support we've so far enjoyed from our partners " said RCDA CEO, Katende T. Zikusooka, "but you wouldn't believe it that with the rate at which we're helping persons with disabilities in Uganda, all this equipment we've donated to date is like a drop in the ocean! The rate at which people in Uganda are getting involved in maiming accidents is quite alarming. You have motorcycles – currently the most popular mode of transport in most African countries – then you have car traffic accidents. Things will likely get worse before they get better…"
Rena Community Development Association, Uganda is currently heavily involved in sourcing and providing donated free mobility aids, including wheelchairs, crutches, walking aids, and walking sticks, in addition to equipping the disabled with skills and knowledge that could help them to attain self-reliance. Founded in 2010, they have been very instrumental in changing livelihoods and improving the quality of life for thousands of persons with disabilities in Uganda and some neighboring countries.
"Our principal function is to source disability equipment and aids from donors in Europe and America. We then work with local community organizations in Uganda and other neighboring countries to get these tools and aids to the people that need them the most. Our partner organizations include, NUDIPU Uganda, Crutches 4 Africa, WorkAID, and others."
But that's not the full extent of RCDA's contribution, because in most of the communities where they work, giving the disabled person mobility is often just the first step.
"We found that we also have to get involved to ensure their health, by for example creating inclusive sanitation facilities for them… and getting them to school, skilling them to become self-reliant, etc," added Katende.
RCDA is located in Nansana East 2, just 15 minutes drive out of Kampala. They can be contacted at their website – www.rcdauganda.org
Rena Community Development Association
Katende T. Zikusooka