The need to help children with disability is everyone’s responsibility especially when he/she has the potential to do it.
Drashna Kotecha, an in-law to moneybags Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia on behalf of the Lohana Community in Uganda, over the weekend paid a visit to Kampala School for the physically handicapped (KSPH) in Mengo-Kampala, and donated 20, wheel chairs plus food stuffs, worth more than ten million Uganda shillings.
Currently, the school admits children between the age of six and fifteen majority of whom, have problems of cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, mental and Down syndrome.
According to the school’s Director, Joy Mwesigwa, the school is currently taking care of about 167 children with disabilities through empowering them with knowledge and skills that can enable them standout in the crown and speak out for themselves without fear, like any other normal human being.
The school depends on volunteers and friends to sustain its day today activities, ranging from food, scholastic materials, medicine, wheel chairs, among other things. It has 14, teaching staff, five of whom are trained in special needs education with 2 of them disabled old students of the same school.
“Here we rehabilitate, teach, care and assist our children in and outside class room, training them in vocational subjects, games and sports, including music, dance and drama,” School’s Director Joy Mwesigwa, explained.
Mwesigwa commended Indians Community for their rare generosity. “Besides Lohana, can you imagine Indians under their umbrella body, catered for 30% of the food expenses this school used for a whole term?”
Meanwhile, Mrs Drashna Kotecha who represented Lohana Community while handing over the 20 wheel chairs and food stuffs commended the school for its commitment towards helping the financially constrained vulnerable children through offering them with specialized education regardless of their humble status.
Besides, the government pays seven of the fourteen teaching staff which is less than what is required and per term, shs420, 000 is spent on every child.