Friends of Stacy Children’s Initiative to apprehend families allegedly locking up children with disabilities


Friends of Stacy Children’s Initiative, a Kasese district based non-governmental organization is set to start identifying families allegedly locking up children with disabilities.

The organization’s leadership says their office is awash with reports that some families in the district are still considering children with disabilities as a misfortune.

Mr. Joseph Youngman, the Chairperson Board of Directors for Friends of Stacy Children’s Initiative regrets the cruelty that children with disabilities are still facing at their homes.

He adds that the process of searching for those children with disabilities has commenced with the training of staff members on the policy of safeguarding and protection.

The staff members and board of directors yesterday converged at Verina Gardens in Kasese town and were trained by ADD International, an ally to the global disability movement.

Youngman says dealing with children is very delicate, a reason why the people who will be in the chain of identifying those children need to be conversant with the policies.

The Kasese Central Division Chairperson, Martin Safari agrees with the organization that many children with disabilities are being abused by both their relatives and community members.

However, the soft-spoken leader cautions non-governmental organizations against misusing the funds meant to empower people with disabilities for selfish interests. Scovia Mwerya, the Country Director for ADD international advises the people with disabilities to desist from considering sexual abuse meted on them by the able-bodied persons as a golden opportunity.

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