Habitat for Humanity Uganda has constructed eight permanent houses
for children with disabilities in Mugusu town council and Mugusu Sub County, Kabarole
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian Non-Governmental Organization that
provides social housing support to vulnerable rural households especially
women; vulnerable children; and orphans and their caregivers.
The construction of the eight homes is under the “decent leaving
campaign”. In the 2019/2020 financial year, the organization constructed 16 homes
in the same sub-county.
Robert Otim, the National Director for Habitat for Humanity Uganda
says that the organization will invest 1.2 Billion Shillings to construct
houses for the vulnerable in Kabarole and Mayuge districts.
Otim adds that the beneficiaries especially the children will be
provided with skills in carpentry, building, tailoring among other skills.
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Annet Birungi, a beneficiary, says she has been living in a shack with
her four children after she was abandoned by her husband. She says that she has
been sleeping in a small makeshift house with all her children as she struggles
to raise money for school fees and food.
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David Rwamwaro the Mugusu Town Council Mayor said that the support
from Habitat for Humanity is timely. She says that many people especially the
vulnerable in the district are stuck in poverty.
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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(CRPD) recognizes the right to inclusive education and decent accommodation for
all persons with disabilities. The approach benefits children with disabilities
to prepare for full participation in community life.
A 2018 United Nations report indicates that between 93 and 150 million children
are living with a disability globally. Of those, 33 million, especially in
developing countries like Uganda, are out of school, yet those in school are
less likely to complete primary, secondary and further education.