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The most vulnerable children in Burkina Faso

© UNICEF Burkina Faso/2011/Tarpilga C.
A man receiving a motorized tricycle

Ouagadougou, May 27, 2011 - UNICEF donated on 27 May 2011 a batch of equipment to disabled people living in dire conditions.

The equipment is intended to hundreds of families headed by persons with disabilities who live in the poorest areas of the city of Ouagadougou, who were victims of heavy flooding in 2009 and have lost everything in the floods.

"UNICEF is fully committed to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This special attention to this convention is quite in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states in its principles that every child should be given the chance to live and grow in dignity", said Ms. Sylvana Nzirorera.

The donation is composed of two buses of 32-seats, a 4x4 vehicle, 20 motorized tricycles, 125 tricycle bike, and 512 kitchen utensil kits.  The two buses will support families in the daily transportation of children with disabilities into their day care centers.

A joint UNICEF and Government of Burkina Faso endeavor, the donation is in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This convention was ratified by the Government of Burkina Faso in 2009. A national law on the rights of handicapped people was adopted by the National Parliament in 2010.

The ceremony was chaired by the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity. The equipment was officially delivered, on behalf of UNICEF, by Ms. Sylvana Nzirorera, Deputy Representative and Officer in Charge to Thérèse Kafando, president of the FEBAH (Federation of associations in charge of handicapped people in Burkina Faso)  in presence of the officials heads of various associations of persons living with disabilities as well as handicapped children, young people and parents. There are more than 1,700 handicapped people (children and adults) in Burkina Faso affiliated to associations by the kind of disability.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries the President of Executive board of FEBAH thanked UNICEF for the donation, stressing how the equipment was very important for the people living with disability who lost everything in the floods of 2009, including their homes and personal belongings.

Ms. Rosalie Bassolet, FEBAH’s Technical Permanent Secretary meanwhile recalled the efforts made by UNICEF towards the reduction of vulnerability of poor populations, including annual support the last few years to children living with disabilities, allowing them to be eligible for adequate supervision in specialized centers, be provided with care and with special education. "Support for the rehabilitation of disabled victims of the 2009 floods confirms once more, the commitment of UNICEF”, she said.

© UNICEF Burkina Faso/2011/Tarpilga C.
A blind lady receiving a kitchen kit.

The equipment had been ordered by early 2010 but local manufacturers, among them disabled people, have been slow to finalize the order.

"Better late than never," said Amina, a woman with a disability among the beneficiaries. "With this motor bike, I will be able to carry small goods to sell them in neighborhoods where I can find clients. I do not need to bother my daughter anymore who has been carrying these goods on her head. She will now go back to her school she had left for me.  Furthermore, I'll earn more to pay for her books. Food for her three sisters and his little brother is also guaranteed now, "she added.

"I am pleased to see the brightness of the faces of those people who have received the equipment," said the Deputy Representative of UNICEF. "I feel that this gift will make a difference in the lives of many vulnerable families. This is an example of the meaning of equity".

UNICEF is also very committed to inclusive education in Burkina Faso with advocacy with government and pilot projects underway.




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