The refugee crisis in East Africa is already affecting millions and still growing. But it is the most vulnerable who suffer the greatest. The creation and running of a new disability centre in Palorinya Refugee Settlement, Uganda, will mean some of the most vulnerable people will receive dignified disability care and rehabilitation.
Palorinya Refugee Settlement is home to around 200,000 South Sudanese refugees, many of which are children and estimates of upto 20% having disabilities. Life is desperate for even the strongest refugees but it's the most vulnerable who suffer the most. There is virtually no provision of specialist care for those with disabilities so many live on the fringes of the community. There is simply no way for the refugees to adequately care their own disabled.
As part of our response to specific critical health needs within the Ugandan refugee settlements, this project aims to build and run a Disability Centre within the Palorinya settlement. Our Community Rehabilitation Team will use the centre to deliver a range of therapies, training and advocacy sessions for the most vulnerable they have identified in the settlement. It would be the only service dedicated to disability care in the settlement.
In refugee crises, it's the most vulnerable who are most at risk of being 'left behind' by society. Those living with disabilities in a refugee camp, especially children, face unimaginable hardship and minimal future prospects. This project will seek out and stand up for these people giving them the support to be part of society placing them in the best position to regain a quality of life once they can return to their homes. It will ensure they are not left behind.