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A woman in a pink headscarf smiling at the camera.

Khady’s story

“I met so many children with disabilities who were not going to school and there was no institution to welcome them. So I started fighting for that aim.”

Mbathio attends school in Dakar.

Mbathio’s story

We first met Mbathio in 2015 at an inclusive school in Dakar, Senegal. Read her story and find out how she’s getting on four years later.

Ndong Jean Faustin stands with crutches.

Mbalmayo Disability Group, Cameroon

In Cameroon there are laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities, including the right to vote. Yet many still struggle to access the ballot box.

Michel Fozeu sits at a table wearing headphones and speaking into a microphone.

Michel’s story

“The message we want to give through this radio show is that people with disabilities in Cameroon are able to take part in the electoral process.”

Senator Robert Oyono in his wheelchair in front of some steps.

Robert’s story

Robert Oyono is Cameroon’s first senator with a disability, and is calling for people with disabilities to be included in the political process.

Nanny Powers holds her voting card.

Nanny’s story

Nanny Powers founded Cameroon’s National Association of Persons with Short Stature, a disability organisation for people with restricted growth.

Eveline’s story

“People have a lot of misconceptions about blind women. They think that people with visual impairments cannot do anything at all.”

Floreal Serge Adieme wearing dark glasses and holding a white cane.

Adieme’s story

“I think if there is a wide mobilisation of the vote among disabled people, it can change things in our country.”

Poligarpo smiles after returning home following his cataract operation.

Poligarpo’s story

Poligarpo, from Mozambique, had lost his independence after being blinded by cataracts. But a straightforward operation restored his vision and gave him his life back.

A group of children in Ghana smile and wave at the camera.

Ghana waves goodbye to trachoma

In June 2018 Ghana officially became trachoma-free, showing how your kind donations make a real difference.

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