N'Djamena, 09 January, 2021 / 12:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in reaching out to refugee children living with disabilities in Chad.
“With UNHCR we created a special fund to purchase tricycles, trolleys, and crutches for children with reduced mobility,” JRS Child Protection Focal Point in Chad’s Goz-Beida region, Woura Mailabele has been quoted as saying in a Thursday, January 7 report obtained by ACI Africa.
Since the creation of the fund, JRS and UNHCR officials have reached out to six children in Djabal camp and four children in Goz-Amir camp, Eastern Chad, the JRS official adds in the report titled, “Ensuring children with disabilities are not left behind.”
Among the beneficiaries of the project is 13-year-old Sadie, born in Djabal refugee camp with a paralysis in her legs that saw her delay joining school until the age of eight unlike her age mates who joined at the age of six.
“Every morning, she was forced to crawl along the dusty roads in the camp to go to school. Apart from slowing her academic progress, Sadié spent most of her time inside the house due to her lack of mobility,” the Cameroon-based leadership of JRS West Africa says referencing Sadie.