Saturday, March 4, 2017

Every Life Does not Count

Life is the most precious gift ever, however, there are controversies on who has a right to live and who doesn't have a right to live.

From my personal experience of living with spina bifida, hundred of friends with spina bifida and hydrocephalus who surround me not forgetting hundreds that I am serving here in Tanzania..... we are trying to bit all odds and living just like anyone else.

Globally, there are human rights treaties that intend to protect the lives of people with disabilities, however, lives of individuals with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and down syndrome do not count, slowly the world has justified this by allowing termination of pregnancies on basis of disabilities. This has diminished the worth of people with these disabilities... In my own opinion this is like being told you are not supposed to live because you have spina bifida, hydrocephalus or down syndrome.

For this reason, I am leaving you with a food of thought..... Does every life count?

Psalms 139:14  "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made....."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Children Can Learn More to Make a Better Society

As a child with disability growing up was never easy for me as I was bullied from time to time. Giving it a thought, life could have been better for me and for more children who have disabilities if the bullies and other kids could have been made aware about different disabilities.

On Friday, I was requested to give a lesson about people with special needs at the Youth with a Mission base in Mwandege coastal Tanzania and the biggest lesson that I learnt is that our society can be a better place if children are taught and made aware of different situation and realty that people are living in.

I was more impressed when the children told me that for a better community children with different disabilities should join school. Moreover I learned that most of the kids had friends, close relatives and neighbors who had disabilities but never talk about it.

If our children can learn a little more about diversity, then that will minimize discrimination hence foster integration for people with disabilities and other special groups.

God bless!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

No Fingers No School

In most developing parts of the world, it is really hard for children with disabilities to access education and in most cases this has affected their future and their independence negatively. Children with disabilities are usually denied their right to education by claims that their disabilities are more severe.

However, during my ministry activities I met a parent who has a child with a deformed hands (she had no two fingers on both hands). The girl was of school going age but she was not allowed in any school due to her mild disability. As I was in a casual conversation with her mom I asked her why she was not in school and she told me "no fingers, no school for my daughter". (Our ministry is doing a follow up to make sure that she joins school).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy New Year..... Real Transformation

Happy new year friends,

This is the beginning of another great year, it is my hope that you will have a great one.

Three years ago like today during a disability community outreach I met Bakari a boy with hydrocephalus. His parents were scared about the condition and they thought he will not make it, from  home visit we managed to get him medical  and rehabilitation support that has transformed his life.

Three years down the line Bakari is all grown up and has just joined kindergarten and Day Spring school at Youth with A Mission Base. This is real transformation that gives me hope. Please pray with me as I pursue this cause.

PS: The above picture is of Bakari before and afterwards.

Regards from Tanzania

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Nutrition Workshop for Children with Disabilities

Hello Friends, in the beginning of our ministry is was extremely hard to trace children with disabilities in our village as most of them were hidden (at some point we thought they did not exist)... but gradually with awareness efforts and building trust, most parents who have children with disabilities felt cared for and some of them eventually started bringing children to our clinic. Unfortunately we realized one common issue with most of the children..... they were severely malnourished which in most cases had led to development of other health complications. From our analysis we realized that the problem was as a result of lack of knowledge among some of the parents while the other factor was lost hope as most parents had under values their children.
  This is what led to calling for a nutrition workshop meant to encourge parents and to collaboratively learn together on nutritious food available locally that could enhance good health for their children. The workshop was well attended and parents were able to learn together!
PS: The video above was taken during the workshop... parents were singing a swahili song literally praising flowers for their beauty.....while at the same time reffering to their children as beautiful flowers.
Thank you very much for your prayers and support, this has sailed us through the year! Merry Christmas and fabulous 2016. God bless!