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Hassani's Story

Hassani Kambangwa, an albinism activist, Uganda

Hassani's Story.

Disability Activist, Tanzania.

"People with disabilities are a group of people that have been forgotten by society.

My disability is albinism. I got involved with the disability movement after benefitting from a basic education. It’s now my passion to help other disabled people get an education. I decided to stand up and defend the rights of disabled people so that we can be recognized in society as part of communities.

Being an activist is something very important to me.

The things that disabled people go through… if we didn't have groups to allow us to speak out, to have the same voice, then we would be left behind with no help. We cannot get our rights individually so we form groups, we can support each other to claim our rights together. These groups give us more visibility so other people that want to help us, can find us. People like ADD International. When we first met ADD they gave us trainings on the rights of disabled people.

We didn’t know we had rights before then.

Now they are giving us the greatest support in delivering this inclusive pre-primary education project. Together we use different tactics, we know which parents have a disabled child, we meet them personally and talk to them about how to go about enrolling their child to school. When the children are taken to school, teachers always welcome them. I am so happy this project is happening. When a child with a disability gets an education, they get to know who they are. They get to be independent without depending on someone to help them. For sure we are very grateful but it's not yet enough, there is still so much to do.

The challenges for disabled people are big."

Let's build movements together.

Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists like Hassani are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.

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