The Sierra Leonean Superhumans
“We are humans. We have human feelings.”
2016 has been a year where the UK has really celebrated and accepting disability.
The Paralympics saw Team GB break record after record. The games in Rio however became so much more than the sport they showcased. They have created a legacy of acceptance and celebration for those with disability.
Our para athletes took centre stage in sport to show that they are capable.
The slogan ‘Yes I can’ became their mantra, but there are many other people living with disability around the world who are regularly told they cannot and are made to feel under valued.
Action on Poverty work to improve the livelihoods of the most marginalised individuals, and in countries where disability is often overlooked they regularly become a focus of our work.
It is very common in Sierra Leone to see people with disabilities (PWD) begging on the streets because there is a lack of knowledge on how to include, train or teach them.
We want to change that.
Education, and resources for disability are extremely rare. This often means that many of the most marginalised people aren’t reached.
Without access to something as basic as a wheelchair many people are left isolated in their homes or on the streets. Can you imagine how that could change someone’s life?
Providing people with the basic necessity of a wheelchair, or crutches would allow people to increase their mobility. This would allow them to become more included in social gatherings and become more employable.
One of our Sierra Leone partners CARD has forged a relationship with the Opportunities Training Centre (OTC). It is here, through our partnership with CARD that people living with disability can receive skills training.
Through this training our beneficiaries take out loans to receive a basic tool kit in their respective trade. Being taught a skill shows these people that they are capable.
Potential is something within us all, but for those living with disability in Sierra Leone, this potential is rarely unlocked.
Above: (L-R) Hawa Kamra, Moses in his charging and electronics shop
Below: (L-R) Group of beneficiaries at the OTC, Example of the wheelchairs built for beneficiaries