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Livelihood support for persons with disabilities

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Improving Livelihoods for persons with disabilities. In 2011 CBM, together with other partners, responded to the Horn of Africa Food Crisis.

Persons with disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups in times of food insecurity and other emergencies. CBM initiated emergency and recovery projects incorporating water and sanitation, food security, livelihoods and
mainstreaming disability within humanitarian agencies in Kenya and Ethiopia.

In Kenya this project mobilised mothers of children with disability and adults with disability, alongside existing community groups in Meru County. The self-help groups participate in various activities at the community level including farming, animal husbandry, poultry rearing, merry-go-rounds, advocacy among other initiatives all geared towards empowerment and improving their quality of life.

1,668 households in Tharaka and Buuri Districts, of which 391 households where of people with disability, benefited
from the project within Meru County. The merry-go-round scheme implemented by the Kanana Women's Group has transformed the life of Miriam and her son, Mwenda.

This is her testimony

[Miriam Kananu Kirima, Kanana Help Group beneficiary, Meru County]

The Merry-go-round has highly improved my life because we bought these chickens, we sell the eggs we eat them, We buy these cups and also buckets and mattresses for the bed. We also buy seedlings to plant in our farm.

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Mwenda is a 21 year old man, with psychosocial disability, engaged in enterprise and supporting his household.

[Miriam]

My son has improved a lot because he was given money to buy maize.

He buys maize, he sells it so he earns money, and then with the profit he buys the material to build (his house). What I can say about Mwenda is that he is a hard worker, and he thinks about the future. He wants to build a house. He wants to buy a farm and get married.

He says he wants to have three sons or daughters of is own, and he will cater for then because he is an able, strong and intelligent person. I am proud of my son because he has helped me a lot. He did not give me any stress, and he is happy as he is, because he can do better than the ones who can walk. He can manage things by himself. He can do something strong, better than those other children.

CBM is committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities and those at risk of disability in the developing countries of the world.

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Special thanks to

CBM Germany
CBM Switzerland
CBM New Zealand
CBM Australia
CBM Canada
CBM USA
CBM Italy
CBM Ireland
CBM UK

In 2011 CBM, together with other partners, responded to the Horn of Africa Food crisis. Persons with disabilities are the most vulnerable groups in times of food insecurity and other emergencies.

CBM initiated emergency and recovery projects incorporating food security, livelihoods, water and sanitation, and mainstreaming disability within humanitarian agencies in Kenya and Ethiopia.

In Kenya the project mobilised mothers of children with disability and adults with disability alongside existing community groups in Meru County. The video showcases the life-changing moments beyond the Horn of Africa food crisis.

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Livelihood support for persons with disabilities

CBM initiated emergency and recovery projects after the 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis - this video showcases one such example


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