talent in everyone(tie)
There are about 796,800 disabled children in Liberia, 16 percent of the 4.98mllions population of the country. A Country where civil war has decimated healthcare and basic services, leaving disabled children vulnerable to extreme discrimination and social exclusion.
Described as “invisible”, these children are hidden at home and significant numbers of parents have told us they face pressure to neglect or kill a disabled child to avoid family disgrace. We also know that only around 9% of disabled children in Liberia start primary school, and worse still a staggering 94% drop out due to inaccessible premises and the negative attitudes of teachers and peers. The result is that Liberia’s disabled children are trapped in poverty, stripped of their independence and denied their basic human rights.
Talent In Everyone(TIE)
At Motivation ,our TIE project focuses on an inclusive society for children with disability, giving them skills and confidence . We have also recognized the power of sport in transforming lives and how sport can be used as a catalyst for change. The project has two key activities:
An inclusive sports league
Disables Talents Hunt that identify and support talents of children with disabilities
Mission of Mercy Outreach believes in the Success of children living with disability and we are committed to providing what each disabled child needs to achieve their goals.
Running parallel we have developed a network of peer mentors who will used the league to identify vulnerable disabled children who they subsequently engaged with through home-visits, gaining their trust and confidence so that they could help them in understanding their rights, promote self-advocacy and support them to access education or community activities.
The sports league also serves to increase local awareness of disability as children were encouraged to participate alongside their peers in public tournaments and school competitions. This helps to challenge perceptions and stigma, as well as demonstrate just what young disabled people are capable of – resulting in more inclusive and supportive communities.
12-year-old Emmanuel was one of the children that we worked with: “I didn’t know disabled sports existed. Now I realize I am capable of taking part in sport, I have potential. I’ve learned to respect myself. I have made friends with other disabled children. I see the coaches as role models; they have taught me that disability does not mean inability."
Emmanuel’s experience is typical and highlights the key strength of the project in that it combined sport with a peer education approach – where young disabled people could learn from others who had faced similar challenges but had overcome them.
While elite sport is not for everyone we know that grassroots sport can help with the basics and offer a fertile environment for positive change.
There are many more disabled children who can benefit from this type of approach. The project is a great transformation in the lives of children with disabilities and requires a robust support to scale up sustainable impacts.
What you can do?
We are in need of the following materials and you can help with the finance or donate any of the materials bleow:
Soccer Ball, Jersey sets, basket balls
video cameria (Panasonic Lumix GH5)