Millions of disabled people in Africa are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life.
Disability can mean anything from poor eyesight to an inability to walk, to complex intellectual or mental health challenges. Being disabled comes with its difficulties. But many of us have it a lot easier than others. Around the world, millions of disabled people live in developing African countries, often in poverty, neglected by society and without support.
People with disabilities are the largest minority group any person can join at any time, and due to accidents and old age eventually, do. Disability will affect the lives of everyone during their life, it is time society changed to acknowledge this. Right now, Hope 4 Africa is working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life.
In the different regions where we work, people living with disabilities face a number of common barriers:
- People often view disability as a curse or punishment by divine powers.
- Families can be embarrassed by disability, and keep children and/or relatives with disabilities at home.
- Many people living with disabilities face neglect and abuse in their household.
- Poverty means the needs of ‘healthy’ children are prioritized.
- Conflict increases the number of people with disabilities while decreasing the available support.
- Lack of care and medical support to treat and overcome certain disabilities.
There are many ways that you can help Hope 4 Africa meet this funding target and help to Take Action on Disability! You can volunteer, donate unwanted items to our charity offices, make a once off donation or become a regular donor through monthly direct debit giving.