By Idrissa Computer Kanu
The good fight for equal rights among all men especially persons with disability is one that is resonating everyday in the news from different quarters of society, yet still our nation continues to suffer an unprecedented proportion of less privileged and most often abandoned persons with disability.
In a bid to empower this class of people, the Disabled International Foundation Sierra Leone (DIF-SIL), established in 2008, is focused on changing the social lives of persons with disabilities through advocacy, skills training, enterprise development and education.
In an interview with the Founder and Executive Director of the DIF-SIL, Madam Imambay Kadie Kamara, disclosed that her organization is inspired and derived from her personal experience gathered from living with her mother with eight children, which she said exposed her to the first hand challenges persons with disabilities face daily.
She further stated that they hope to strengthen the weak participation of the physically challenged youths, children, women living with HIV/AIDS by equipping them with education and other skilled based training to foster self reliance and confidence in making these projects become more useful and viable. She observed that being disabled does not make one unable, adding that they need to be given opportunities to showcase their God given talents and abilities.
She disclosed that they are not receiving support from anybody but maintained that they will continue their work.
Madam Kamara also revealed that they are presently targeting disabled people in Lungi, Waterloo, Grafton, Freetown, Kenema and Makeni and that they will strive to provide free support in advocacy, educational training, live skills support, HIV/AID sensitization and more.
The United Kingdom based Sierra Leonean humanist and patriot, Madam Imambay Kadie Kamara, further highlighted that advocacy is a major area that her organisation aims to use to bring change and empowerment to persons living with disabilities.
She said among the various projects they beneficiaries stand to benefit form are skills training in soap making, gara tie dying, hairdressing, weaving, metal works, tailoring, and hair dressing, for which kits are provided at the end of training.