From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
The executive director of an NGO based in Yobe state, the Taimako community development initiative, CDI, Garba G. Muhammad, has appealed to all stakeholders in Yobe state to ensure they include persons with disabilities in every WASH intervention.
He made the appeal recently in Katarko village of Gujba local government of Yobe state, on the occasion of handover ceremony of completed projects, rehabilitated, new and hand pump boreholes, to beneficiaries from the selected local governments of Damaturu, Potiskum and Gujba respectively.
“We implore everyone to intentionally ensure disability inclusion in every WASH intervention in Yobe state” in the areas of provision of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in the state
He cited example with his own organization that empowers persons with disability with tricycles, crutches and other devices to ease their movements so as to have access to facilities and benefit equally with others within their communities.
Also speaking in the same vein, CBM northeast programme coordinator, Kargam Ali, pointed that the activities of his organization focuses much attention towards inclusion of persons with disability
“Our activities is unique looking at the type of work we have done. We try as much as possible to ensure there is inclusion in our project implementation,, if you look at the designs of our boreholes, it is unique in such a way that it grants access to persons with disability to access the boreholes”.
He pointed out that in every other aspect, his organization try as much as possible to ensure the mainstreaming of persons with disability to stand as one of the core beneficiaries of the projects.
He added that they try as much as possible to work closely with the community members and that, “even in the training we have carried out for doctors, teachers, and community health extension workers to ensure we have persons with disability among them”
“Owing to the fact that among the majority of people we have in the society, persons with disability are much more vulnerable, so that is why our programming is unique in this aspect,” said the CBM coordinator.
CDI, Taimako development initiative, is an independent registered non-governmental organisation working with partners in Nigeria since 1968 in WASH programmes, preventing blindness, improving health and helping people with disabilities go to school, earn a living, access healthcare and rehabilitation and secure respect in their environment
CBM is an international Christian development organization, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. It is considered one of the world’s oldest and largest organizations working in this field.
It implements activities in five thematic areas that includes eye health, mental health, livelihood recovery, WASH and neglected tropical diseases, NTD, and stands as funding partner to CDI.