Father’s Heart Mobility Ministries Donates To People With Disability
By Libino Byamukama.
Kabale – Father’s Heart Mobility Ministry on Thursday donated over 200 wheel chairs, 10 pairs of crutches and 5 walkers to people with disabilities in Kabale District.
The wheelchairs worth Shs102,250,000/= were lobbied by the Kabale District woman MP Hon. Catherine Ndamira Atwakiire together with the state minister for trade and industry Hon. David Bahati from Father’s House Mobile Ministry.
Speaking to our reporter after the distribution of the wheelchairs that was held at Revival Tabernacle Church in Lower Bugongi Northern Division Kabale municipality, Atwakiire said that they lobbied for the wheelchairs after realizing a serious need among the PWDs and elderly in the district.
Atwakiire expressed concern on how the PWDs have been isolated in accessing public services like education, health , markets and being isolated from the public.
She warned the parents and the beneficiaries against selling them.
Francis Mugwanya, the Director of Father’s Heart Mobility Ministry; an NGO based in Kampala said that it’s their practice to go district by district distributing the wheelchairs to people who can’t afford them to help them access the services in the public.
He however stated that the PWDs are facing challenges to access the services they want and being isolated in the public. “Disability is not inability, when given an opportunity, they can also work ,” Mugwanya said.
Mugwanya added that he started the ministry in the year 2000 when he could spend part of his salary to buy a wheelchair after realizing a serious need among the PWDs.
He added that he could struggle paying for a wheelchair until when someone from Uganda society for children with disabilities. (UCSD) gave him a wheelchair when he was in primary four, a thing which he pledged to do so.
He thanked Hon. David Bahati and Hon. Ndamira who approached his ministry and called upon the PWDS to have what to do by encouraging them that disability is not inability.
He called upon the district to start considering at least buying two wheelchairs every financial year to support PWDs in the district.
The Kabale District LC5 Chairperson Nelson Nshangabasheija who was represented by the Kyanamira sub-county LC5 Councilor Asinga Bridget applauded the partnership among the MPS.
She called upon the authorities to set up a hospital for PWDs in the district. Bridget further expressed concern on how PWDS have involved in alcoholism.
The chairperson of the PWDs Mrs. Night Grace and the Councilor LC5 representing the PWDs in the district Mrs. Eunice Turyamuhaki said that it was going to take them over 20 years to have such wheelchairs if it was not for the role played by their MPS and the Father’s Heart Mobility Ministry.
The Beneficiaries of this project applauded the legislators for remembering them among the majority.
Nyirandaishe Babrah, a PWD from Lower Bugongi Northern Division Kabale Municipality said that she got the problem of legs four years back.
She added that previously she has been facing a lot of challenges ranging from walking to places of convenience and her parents shifting her from one place to another.
She applauded Hon.David Bahati and Hon. Catherine for remembering PWDs in the District.