"I want my child to be successful... For her to continue going to school and to get a job."

In Uganda, where Waldah and Lucy live, stigma and discrimination towards disabled people remain rife. A widespread lack of understanding means disabled people are shunned from their communities and excluded from everyday life.

Waldah was just a few months old when she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Because she had trouble with her posture and vision, her mother Lucy found it very difficult to communicate and bond with her.

The neighbours said I had produced a snake.

Lucy began to feel hopeless. She struggled to come to terms with Waldah's condition and what it would mean for her baby's future. To make matters worse, she faced negative attitudes from the rest of their community and her relatives cut all ties with them. What's more, she was given an ultimatum by her boss: get rid of Waldah or lose her job.

Finding herself ostracised, alone and unemployed, Lucy fell into a deep depression and did not know where to turn.

But before long, Lucy was able to attend Motivation parent carer training.

The training had an immediate, life-changing impact. She met with other mothers of disabled children and realised she was not alone. She learnt the true causes of Waldah's cerebral palsy and finally understood that it was not her fault.

She learnt more about Waldah's condition, the importance of correct posture, and how best to feed her. She was also taught about disability rights, giving her the knowledge she needs to challenge negative attitudes in her community.

This new-found understanding helped Lucy to bond with her daughter and empowered her to regain control of their lives.

Today, Lucy works as a facilitator at a local hospital, where she delivers the training she received to other parents in similar situations.

Because she is earning a steady income, she has also joined a village savings group, helping her to feel secure in her finances and able to plan for the future.

We have bought land for Waldah and want to build a house for her; when we are not around, she will have somewhere to live.

Waldah is now in her second year of school where she is making impressive progress with her education and communication. She can now both talk and sing! 

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Lucy is just one of thousands of mothers that could benefit from our training.

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