“Some people think you are cursed and say your child is hopeless. But I know, with the care I give her, one day she will be an engineer!” Hellen and Favour, Uganda

Supporting disabled children and their families

In a country where disability still carries huge stigma, children like Favour face an uncertain future. Their parents must find the strength to reject pressure to abandon their disabled children and fight for their inclusion.

But without support, training and the right wheelchairs, many parents struggle to meet their children’s basic needs, leaving them vulnerable to malnutrition, breathing difficulties, spinal deformities and pressure ulcers.

Taking care of a disabled child takes time – time when most parents would otherwise be trying to earn a living. As a result, many of these families live in extreme poverty.

Our latest work

We have been working with families across four regions of Uganda helping them to understand the true causes of disability and empowering them to speak up for their children's basic rights.

Our training courses for these parents are not only changing attitudes, but teaching simple techniques that can have a huge impact on a child’s development – such as how to feed safely, and how to encourage communication and play.

We’re also fitting children with appropriate wheelchairs, helping them to access education and tackling family poverty by training parents in income-generating activities, such as soap making, pig-rearing and basket weaving.

See how our training for parents in Uganda is changing attitudes:

This project was supported by UK Aid from the UK Government.