ZAKA- Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe (LCDZ) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare has taken the Ring the Bell campaign for disabled people to Jerera Growth Point in Zaka under the theme, ‘Equal access and opportunities for people with disabilities during Covid-19’.
The Ring the Bell campaign which encourages disabled people to be consistent in pursuit of their grievances until they have been addressed by the relevant authorities was officially launched by the District Medical Officer, Dr Mutero Mupereki who thanked LCDZ for such an initiative which empowers disabled people.
“I’m happy to be part of the Ring the Bell campaign that is meant to empower the powerless, therefore I call upon the authorities to change their mindset towards disabled people so that we restore confidence in them by identifying their strength.
“Building structures and other facilities should be user friendly to the people living with disabilitie so that they are able to display their talents as they are capable of doing anything if given the opportunity.
“The people living with disability mostly excel when given chances and access to perform for example the late legendary Paul Matavire, I look forward to this programme being held in schools and medical institutions to enlighten and encourage oneness within the Zaka community,” said Dr Mupereki.
The Ring the Bell campaign was initiated in Netherlands by the Liliane Foundation in 2014 and adopted in Zimbabwe in 2017 and is aimed at addressing challenges faced by the disabled like unfriendly infrastructure, Turkson Zimbudzana LCDZ programmes officer.
“As Leonard Cheshire we challenge disabled people not to relax until your issues are addressed, continue ringing the bells until you are heard and recognised, present your issues on your own and stop being charity cases or resorting to begging, if you don’t work for yourself life will not be kind to you,” said Zimbudzana.
The campaign runs in seven provinces in the country, Matebeleland, Midlands, Masvingo, Harare, Mash East, Mash West and Manicaland.
Also present at the launch were officials from Zaka Rural District Council, Chief Ndanga and education officials. https://masvingomirror.com