“"When everyone is included, everyone wins."
The Plight of the Disabled Nomads
They live in the marginalized semi-arid and arid areas of Kenya, whereby sometimes accessing the basic human needs like shelter, food, education and clothing is close to impossible.
Now imagine being a disabled person living a nomadic lifestyle. Accessing most human basic rights is even more difficult and challenging compared to the other nomads. For example ,let’s start with the children who are disabled. Access to education to them is difficult, this is simply because most of the few schools are very far and those who make to go , do not even get quality education. Most of those schools do not have the facilities to accommodate children with special needs like assistive devices like the braille machines or having teachers who are well-trained to handle such cases. Let’s not even talk to girls who have special needs in nomadic communities. These ones suffer even more because the community is not well-empowered to know the importance of girl-education. What does that lead to? Most disabled girls get married and others suffer Sexual Gender Based Violence and because they cannot speak up, end p on the loosing end.Therefore , access to quality education to most of the children who have special needs I close to impossible.
Health is a right to all and most important vital to all. But how many nomads with special needs have access to inclusive health care? The few healthcare facilities available do not have facilities that cater for the needs of the disabled nomads. For instance the environment of those facilities does not even have specialists who can handle the special needs of those nomads. Imagine a deaf-blind person going to the hospital ,only to meet a doctor who cannot understand sign-language……..
When it comes to inclusion and participation of people in all spheres of their lives, most of those disabled persons are excluded. For example , most of the people did not even exercise their civic rights like voting. This led t them being excluded in most of the decisions in the National Government. Thanks to National Council of Persons with Disabilities for the strides they are making to make sure disabled persons are included too.
As a result of these challenges , these people face inequality and exclusion in almost all their spheres of life. Failure to which sustainable development will not be achievable. Simply put to achieve sustainable development inclusion of all persons is very vital.To avoid that from happening and mitigating the risk, NONDO is making strides to make sure that disabled persons from the nomadic communities are included and are able to lead meaningful lives. This through partnerships with various stakeholders to make it a reality.
I mean disabled persons matter and their lives are important too.