Hear my voice: speaking out for International Day for People with Disabilities

cbm uk logoTo celebrate International Day for People with Disabilities, 3rd December, CBM UK, the overseas disability charity will be launching a campaign to highlight the voices of people with disabilities living in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Paralympic wheelchair-racer and CBM Champion Anne Wafula-Strike, who grew up in Kenya, explains: “Too often, disabled people around the world, especially in the poorest communities, have no voice and are denied opportunities to participate in their communities because of practical barriers and negative attitudes. It’s time we started seeing people with disabilities in developing countries as a valuable resource, as people who have a vital role to play in building stronger communities and societies.“

Between 1st and 10th December, CBM will be sharing the stories of 10 people with disabilities from across Africa and Asia, including Mourine from Cameroon, who lost her hairdressing business when she became blind but has now discovered pig breeding and a new sense of purpose and Wallop from Thailand, who struggled to cope as a wheelchair user when his house was flooded but now supports other people with disabilities prepare for disaster.

To read the stories, visit www.cbmuk.org.uk or visit CBM UK’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/cbmuk.org.

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