Fida Development

Youth with Disabilities Community Programme

There are approximately 800, 000 people under the age of 15, that live with some form of disability in Tanzania. It causes them and their families to have many kinds of special needs. Family size is big and there are many single parent families. Widely spread HIV/AIDS epidemic makes the situation even worse. According to the Ministry of Education of Tanzania, less than one percent of the children with disabilities are provided with primary education.

Fida's partner in Tanzania works with people with disabilities. There is a community based support system for children with disabilities and their families. The work is conducted in cooperation with the state, disability organisations, families and other stakeholders.

Thanks to the support system, the families have the opportunity to invite a field worker into their homes. The field worker visits regularly to offer support and guidance in special needs such as rehabilitation of handicapped children. Children with disabilities can also study amongst non-disabled children and get locally produced assistive devices.

The sponsorship funds are targeted to developing the support system in order to reach as many children and their families as possible. The project has been co-funded by the EU.

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