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Kule Godfrey, a recent graduate from RAP-CD's primary school, explains in this video how he has benefitted from his education and the challenges he now faces. A transcript is below. His friend Jeremiah speaks afterwards.
"My name is Kule Godfrey. I am 15 years old. I come from Kasinga sub-county. Before I came to RAP-CD in 2010, my life was not good. People in the village would laugh at me. They would abuse and isolate me. But now, they admire me and want to become my friends because I can do what they cannot manage, e.g. I can play drums, piano and other instruments. I thank RAP-CD and Accomplish Children’s Trust for their support towards my success. However the big challenge I have now is: I sat PLE (primary leaving exams) last year. My parents have failed to raise school fees for secondary school. So I have decided to come back to RAP-CD as our home, waiting for our secondary school to begin next year and I get just to join and complete my studies. Long live RAP-CD, long live Accomplish. Thank you."
In the video above, after Godfrey has spoken, fellow student Jeremiah shares his story, as follows:
"My name is Kule Jeremiah. I am 19 years old. I come from Nyakim sub-county. First I thank RAP-CD and Accomplish Children’s Trust who have made me who I am now, with my life. People think it’s a miracle when they see me, a blind child, performing what they cannot do. I can speak English and I am good at playing xylophone, keyboard and drums, and even reading some lessons and preaching in churches.
"By the way, RAP-CD and Accomplish Children’s Trust, you are my mothers. Without you, I would be nothing. I would be the worst story of the village, and I think I would have even died because my life was not easy at all.
"So I sat my primary seven last year in 2015. I passed well. But the secondary school I have joined does not have any knowledge about disabilities. Whenever we do exams, me I do them last because they must bring them back to RAP-CD to be translated into Braille, which gives me delays and isolation. I have much hopes that all these problems will be settled next year in 2017 after the completion of our secondary school. RAP-CD and Accomplish Children’s Trust, God bless you and thank you. My name is Kule Jeremiah."
Samuel is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy. He lives with his mum. Samuel’s father has left the family so culturally, Samuel is described as a partial orphan because he has only one parent providing for him.
The Rwenzori Special Needs Foundation (RSNF) brought Samuel to the Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC) in Fort Portal, where he has received physical, occupational and speech therapy. KCDC gave him a wheelchair, language cards to help him communicate, and specialist toys to help with his therapy exercises. Accomplish supports both RSNF and KCDC.
Samuel and his mother have benefited from RSNF’s agriculture programme, funded by the Accomplish 2015 Christmas Campaign. This year they have grown crops and harvested enough to eat, replant and also to sell, and have invested their profits in pigs and a sty to generate more income for the family.
Ssebowa Farouk is a three-year-old boy who was referred to Kyaninga Child Development Centre in April 2016. He was found to be developmentally delayed, with poor sitting balance and unable to crawl, stand or walk due to complications at birth, during labour and delivery.
Mumbere David, a physiotherapist at KCDC, taught Farouk’s grandmother some positions and activities to develop his sitting balance and other skills. After an initial assessment and three subsequent home visits, Farouk’s grandmother told David that said she couldn’t believe how quickly Farouk improved.
Farouk has already gained good sitting balance, has started crawling and can pull himself to standing while holding onto a support. He can take a few steps with support as well.
David has built parallel bars for Farouk (pictured) so he can practice standing and walking, from which he will progress to using a walking frame.
Rehema, a nurse at KCDC, is also working with Farouk to develop his communication, as he can only say a few words at the moment.