Help mothers like Susan to better understand their child's disability and fight for their right to be included.

In countries like Uganda, discrimination and stigma against disabled people remain rife. A widespread lack of understanding causes families and communities to turn their backs on disabled people, shunning them from everyday life. It is often difficult for mothers to access the support they need for their disabled children, leaving them isolated and alone.

By supporting Motivation today, you can ensure that mothers like Susan have access to our essential Parent Carer Training. This will provide them with a better understanding of their child's disability and needs, and help them provide vital care that will keep their child healthy. It will give them the knowledge they need to stand up for their child's rights. It will give them the opportunity to meet other people in similar situations, and empower mothers like Susan to rejoin society.

Susan's story

Susan gave birth to her eldest son Kim when she was just seventeen years old. After a serious bout of malaria as a toddler, Kim suffered a stroke which damaged the right hand side of his body and left his leg paralysed.

For a long time, Kim was able to attend school with his two siblings. He enjoyed it and made lots of friends. But last year, he had a convulsion which was so severe he lost his ability to speak. Unable to verbally communicate or walk unaided, Susan decided to remove her son from school. Because of this, Susan and her children were ostracised by their family and local community.

I don’t feel like I have a home.

"My family have left me," Susan told us. "They say Kim is not their blood, that it is a punishment from God. I had to start living on my own, and Kim needed a lot of my time so I lost my job.”

When Susan was desperate, Motivation was there to help. She attended our Parent Carer Training which helped her understand the true causes of Kim's disability and build her confidence again. She learnt more about her son's rights as a disabled person and how she could fight for him to be included. She was also taught vital physiotherapy exercises to help Kim build his strength. 

Our training has empowered Susan to change her life and that of her son. Kim's strength has improved and he is now able to feed and dress himself. Susan has joined a savings scheme set up by Motivation and now has enough money to buy a small plot of land. She has plans to build a home for her family. Confident and empowered, Susan is looking to the future.

It's all about the positive changes. I hope to take Kim to school to learn how to count, read and write. I would like to set up a business for him so he can be independent. I want him to have no worries.

Change the future for families like Susan's

Donate today and empower mothers like Susan to build a bright future for their disabled children. Your donation will be spent across our projects wherever it will have the greatest impact.