By Grant Ahumuza
â€œWe would sell our hand crafts for a living, because thatâ€™s what we could afford to do. Most of us cannot walk from here, we have no gardens where we can depend on, and our only hope was crafts. Now that itâ€™s no more because of this Covid-19 lock down, our remaining hope is in our Godâ€ said a tearfully Mary Tindibasa, of the People living with disabilities at Kikungiri Handicapped Center.
As the lock down continues to leave the world agitated and unnerved, and several parts of the world looking to be affected by hunger, people living with disabilities havenâ€™t been spared either.
Uganda has continued, like other countries in the world to effect the lock down in a move to contain the deadly Corona Virus, but this has made the situation of people with disabilities far more miserable and cumbersome.
At a time when public transport is off the streets, buying essentials and medicines is nothing but a bumpy ride for them.
Kikungiri Handicapped center in Kabale Municipality houses at least ten households with fifty two family members, all with body disabilities.
Having previously been unemployed, and therefore being amongst the poor, and marginalized indicates that the current lockdown leaves their health at risk and shatters their hope of accessing other facilities.
Tindibasa, who heads the at Kikungiri Handicapped Center said recently she walked on foot for a kilometre from their home to collect a kilogram of maize flour that was being distributed by government, but she developed a swelling in her disabled legs that has failed to heal.
Anne Kobusingye, the councilor who represents the people with disabilities in the Kabale district council speaking to our reports on Monday said even the food donation the district has been receiving wont favor PWDâ€™s because they wonâ€™t manage to move to where food is distributed to have a share.
â€œOur district has had several donations of recent but they have failed to consider us, who actually need food the mostâ€ Kobusingye said.
A helping Hand from KOCC
On Monday morning, Kigezi orphan children’s charity limited, a nonprofit organization donated one and a quarter tone of maize flour, including salt to selected disabled families living within Kabale Municipality.
Reverand Rodgers Mashemererwa, the Chairman Board of the organization handing over the consignment urged the general public to recognize the fact that disabled persons will be badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and therefore needed the helping hand.
â€œAs an organization and our friends, we have brought what we have. If we get anything later we can bring it here. I want to urge other people of good heart to consider these people in this pandemic era. How do you think they will survive yet they arenâ€™t working?â€ Mashemererwa said.
Deus Kiconco, the secretary to the organization urged the general public to help the vulnerable people in the Covid-19 times with the little things at their disposal, saying the vulnerable accept every kind of help.
The donated flour will benefit approximately all families living within Kabale Municipality.
The families of disabled persons received 700 Kilograms of beans worth Shs 3.5 Millions,two tonnes of flour worth Shs4.5 Millons and salt.
According to Anne Kobusingye, there are more than 500 people with disabilities in the district they badly need assistance.
KOCC is a non profit organisation operating within Kigezi region , South western Uganda.
Uganda has recorded 126 Corona Virus cases since the outbreak.
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