FCS #GIVINGTUESDAY campaign to support school of disability children

As one sets sights at the current state of Uhuru Mchanganyiko disabilities’ Primary school located at the heart of Dar es Salaam city, it only suffices to say that all is not well enough to enable the destitute cling the upward spiral.

The spirit of giving - in terms of financial and material support is very much needed to turn things around from the negative spiral of the assembled handicapped, deaf-blind, blind and albino children who too have the right to good education, among others things.

In line with this spirit of giving, The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is planning to mark a special day – the #GIVINGTUESDAY in order to support children with disability that are schooling at the Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School.

Recent tour of the school clearly shows that the school infrastructure is conventionally rundown and insufficient to cater for the desired disability access. Astonishing enough is when the handicapped are forced to use same ‘dilapidated’ latrines that also service their able-bodied colleagues and sometimes their teachers, matrons and mistresses.

The disabled children also lack braille rims, and braille translating machines (embozza), sports amenities that suit their disability needs so as to stimulate their body organs currently under rehabilitation. White canes, albino sunscreen lotions, beddings, hats, uniforms, food, and the list is long!

Uhuru Mchanganyiko currently accommodates a total of 154 children with disabilities, along with other 452 able-bodied pupils in their quest for a sober upbringing. For sure leaving the government alone cannot a panacea to revamp the mixed school that traces its history way back in 1921.

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The Uhuru Mchanganyiko Head Teacher, Ms. Anna Mshana, believes the needed support will enable the destitute acquire better education, upbringing, and overall personal dignity.

She says: “Our society still grapples with deep-rooted cultural constraints where large number of disability children’s parents still hide their sons and daughters for fear of being ashamed. But if these parents/ guardians see developments at our school, it will motivate them to release their children with disability and let them enjoy basic education and other social rights.”

FCS already subscribes to the GIVING TUESDAY model as a way of promoting local philanthropy i.e. giving to the needy. Thus, FCS has blocked 29th November 2016 as a #GivingTuesday – calling on families, communities, corporates, and/or organizations around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and promoting the spirit of giving to the Uhuru Mchanganyiko destitute.

GIVING TUESDAY is a global movement, which was launched in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the UN Foundation. The intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving. This day is now marked worldwide. Giving Tuesday has since been organized and celebrated each year with the aim of encouraging individuals, families, schools, businesses, and other organizations to give to the less fortunate.

More details can be found on:  http://www.facebook.com/givingtuesdaytanzania/

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