This programme aims to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in wheelchair basketball which will improve their physical strength and social skills. It will also provide a platform for them to raise awareness about disability.
Children with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable groups in Zimbabwe's society. Their disability puts them at a higher risk of abuse and growing up in poverty. They often have limited or no access to physical activities, which are crucial to prevent the development of secondary disabilities and increase their mobility and independence. A lack of social interaction puts them in isolation, which will lead to a higher risk of poverty and illness.
The project will enable 20-30 children with disabilities to participate in weekly wheelchair basketball sessions, led by a qualified wheelchair basketball coach. These sessions provide a curriculum to build their skills in wheelchair basketball and prepares them to compete at a national level. The curriculum furthermore focuses on building their social and life skills, to enable them to live independent and take an equal position in the societies they live.
Through weekly a wheelchair basketball curriculum 20-30 children with disabilities will improve physical strength and mobility. This leads directly to them being better able to execute their activities of daily living, such as walking and dressing. Which in turn increases their independence and opportunities for education and employment. Through those weekly training sessions and annual Paralympic events they build their social and life skills, enabling them to up equal positions in society.