Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, firstly celebrated December 3rd 1992. This year’s theme is “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership”. It focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Data by the World Health Organization shows that at least 10% of the world’s population live with a disability. The percentage doubles reaching an alarming 20% when taking into account only world’s poor. Considering the challenges that people with disabilities face, it is crucial that the global community keeps on working to showcase disability in all sectors of society. The Sustainable Development Goals may be only achieved with the inclusion of people with disabilities.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Dandora
World Friends in collaboration with its partners organized an event at Wangu Primary School in Dandora slums to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Different disabled people (hearing, visually, intellectually and physically impaired) attended the event. An awareness procession through the streets of Dandora opened the happening. Italian Ambassador Alberto Pieri and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation representative Paolo Damato led the procession alongside other partners. During his speech, the Ambassador stressed the importance of partnerships as one way of supporting persons with disabilities and ensuring the accessibility of each facility to accommodate them. These are ways to guarantee a more accessible future for all.
The role of the Community-based Rehabilitation Program
The disabled attendees entertained the audience with creative performances to showcase their skills and talents in different areas. Parents of children with disabilities received free diapers for health and sanitation purposes as well as sanitary towels, courtesy of the Community-based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) by World Friends. CBRP is a social inclusion and rehabilitation program to address the needs of people with disabilities and their family members. CBRP also aims to reduce poverty, equalize opportunities and promote the inclusion of disabled people in their communities.