By Kabuye Ronald
Following the graduation of 18 children with disabilities in Tailoring and farming skill at Mukisa Foundation inclusive village, in Jjali village, Bussi Island, Wakiso district, the foundation gifted each of the graduates with startup capital in terms of tailoring machines and animals for farming respectively.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony, Florence Namaganda, the founder and director Mukisa Foundation emphasized the need to empower and treat children with disabilities well since all children are a blessing from God thus urging the public and parents to stop perceiving such children as a punishment to them but rather a blessing to them.
“This program has birthed a lot of mindset change by the community towards people with disabilities. The community now knows that disability is not a curse since every child is a blessing. We are seeing change in the way parents view their children with disabilities but also even the entire community now have many more sources of income than we found them.” Said Florence
Florence, the director and founder of Mukisa Foundation and their funders like the Rotary club of Lubowa and the rotary club of Telgte in Germany gifted the nine children who graduated in tailoring with a tailoring machine and other relevant materials while the nine others who graduated in farming skills were given two goats, piglet and a calf before revealing that 90% of the children they help have eclipse plus other disabilities.
Florence also revealed that they teach the parents about disability, how to care for their children, give them psycho-social support and also other income generating activities which has made their program more successful and efficient. “So while a child is learning a skill, also one of the members of the family learns the same skill and when we give them startup capital it becomes a family enterprise to boost the wellbeing of the entire family.”
She however, decried of less funding yet transport costs at the island is expensive hence ending up spending more money on it. She added that teaching children with disabilities is a difficult task since you have to teach them repeatedly using different methods which calls for more qualified teachers and more resources which are still challenges to the organization.
Dr. Pamela Nzeyimana, the senior education officer in charge of special needs education at the ministry of Education urged parents to stop perceiving children with disabilities as useless since they have great potential of becoming prominent persons in the society and changing lives of the communities giving herself as an example since she is also disabled.
Parents of the graduands who were represented by Mr. Sserukyu William, miss Namagezi Annet and Namukasa Harriet applauded Mukisa Foundation for helping them discover the potential, talents and giving them and their children hope, love, care, medication and proving to the community and the world at large that children with disabilities are able, a blessing and a treasure to the world.