Africa Jan 27, 2017
ZAMBIA: Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), a Livingstone-based non-governmental organisation, has sourced assistive devices for children with disabilities at a cost of K200,000.
CBR Zambia senior adviser Alick Nyirenda said the devices to be distributed to six pilot schools in Zimba, Livingstone and Kazungula districts in Southern Province would help promote the full participation of children with disabilities in academic and outdoor activities.
“The assistive devices are important in increasing access to education, economic empowerment and other forms of empowerment,” Mr Nyirenda said.
He said the devices would be located closer to or within the six schools.
The schools to benefit are Livingstone’s Nshungu Namutitima Primary and Nakatindi Primary, and in Zimba district, Nakowa and Luyaba primary schools are earmarked for the pilot project.
In Kazungula district, Riverview and Katapazi schools have been selected.
Mr Nyirenda said CBR saw the need for assistive devices and rehabilitation among the children with disabilities and procured some basic equipment that would be available for their use.
“Rehabilitation is important. A child who is rehabilitated where we have provided physiotherapy, occupational therapy and surgical interventions is able to get back in class,” he said.
Mr Nyirenda said disabilities such as club foot, once repaired, help the child to restore their self-esteem.
“If a child has a broken leg and they have an artificial limb, it means that they have been rehabilitated and are back in school. That person can participate fully in the community, in their garden and are able to feed their families,” he said.
Source: Daily Mail