Rwanda : Gisagara: Residents play big role in supporting the disabled
People with disabilities are usually not put into consideration by the public especially building storied houses but residents of Gisagara district decided to form to ease the burden of the disabled by creating a chair to use in the toilets.
This chair was built by residents in Nyanza sector while finding solutions to the limitations of the people with disabilities. Gaston Rusiha the president of the National Council for people with disabilities said other people should learn from them.
This plan was devised after one child with disabilities was seen to be passing through much suffering to use the toilet discussed the coordinator of the council for people with disabilities in Nyanza sector.
After a sensitization program for people to reduce the limitations of people with disabilities, residents decided to make this chair using the cheap and available materials. They made a hole in the middle of a comfortable chair and placed it on one of the toilets that will be used by disabled people and also the blind.
Petero Habakubana who lives with disabilities says this action is to be recommended and vowed to make the same chair at his home to ease his burden in going to the toilet. He asked people who will be using this chair to mind its cleanliness for the health of all.
Gaston Rusiha appreciated the step Gisagara district has taken in supporting people with disabilities during his visit to Nyanza sector and asked all residents to support the program to eradicate stigmatization of people with disabilities.
“There are still limitations in the support of the people with disabilities but we shouldn’t get discouraged for a lot has been achieved. Sensitization programs and advocacy will be emphasized for people with disabilities will finally feel like Rwandans.”
Nyanza sector has taken a step in the fighting the limitations of people with disabilities in development including building ways for wheelchairs in schools and at Kigembe health center.