On Friday 19 August 2022, the general assembly NUDOR platform of persons with disabilities in Kicukiro District holds an evaluation meeting on what they achieved during a four year period of the Project “Promotion of Anti-Discrimination practices for persons with disabilities in Rwanda” to share on what have been achieved in advocacy.
The project of “Promotion of Anti-discrimination practices for persons with disabilities in Rwanda” was introduced and implemented by the National Union of Disability Organisations in Rwanda (NUDOR) in 2019 to last four years under the partnership with CBM and Germany Foreign Affairs Ministry BMZ. Different volunteer Platforms were set at the beginning in five district of operation of Kicukiro in Kigali city, Ngoma in eastern province, Gisagara in Southern Province, Nyamasheke in western province and Burera in Northern Province. Their main objective was to advocate for persons with disabilities for their rights and overcome challenges and discrimination cases they face due to their different types of disabilities. Every platform has the committee of 7 people and 30 members of the General assembly in a District.
In their general assembly meeting to assess what have been achieved by both the members and the committee of the platform, the Platform chairperson Ms. UWAMAHORO Yvonne highlighted a tremendous work done in terms of advocacy where the following achievements were made:- Sensitization of persons with disabilities to attend and participate in their villages development and planning meetings, Fighting for the prevention of Covid 19 and get fully vaccinated, Participation in leaders elections on different levels, 34 persons with disabilities who were homeless received houses under government support, 42 people with physical disability received crutches, 31 people were given Wheelchairs, 54 blind people received White canes, 25 people were given chairs to be used in the toilets, 33 persons with disabilities were included in the Direct support (monthly support) after the platform advocated for them, 5 people received hearing aids of Starkey, 21 youth and children with disabilities got scholarships, 8 people received healthcare services and 3 people were supported to get justice and 200 families that have persons with disabilities were given food during the total Lock-down caused by Covid 19.
During their Daily activities, the platform also identified 48 cases of discrimination that were addressed and some of them got responses while others are still waiting.
However, The Platform highlighted challenges they faced including the lack of resources to perform some of their duties like the lack of means for transportation and the lack of communication means which are key to their daily volunteer activities. The platform wishes that these challenges may be reviewed and planned for the next opportunities. The project of “Promotion of Anti discrimination practices for persons with disabilities in Rwanda” is closing in January 2023 after four years.