Joseph Walugembe

Community volunteers’ structures can potentially be energized to provide supports for people with disabilities. Volunteers like Members of Village Health Teams, Para-social Workers and Paralegals who have proved effective in mobilizing    communities for vaccination, following up on cases of domestic violence etc. may also be appropriately trained and coordinated to provide some form of supports to people with disabilities. For example, they may ensure that people with mobility needs   are supported to travel to public meetings.   They could be trained in making mobility devices from locally available resources.   Community Based Rehabilitation (or community Based Inclusive Development) strategies can be utilized   through the structured of community volunteers.

Informal groups which   are either a requirement; or a result of Programs of Non-governmental can be leveraged to provide supports for people with disabilities  if the  sponsor of the program is  interested in disability inclusion.  For Example, the Stromme Foundation has a program known as “bonga” aiming at promoting dialog and    functional literacy skills among      Adolescent girls. The program   has a component of forming Bonga   centers. Members of the Bonga centers   can be further trained/mentored   to provide su9pports   beginning with their peers with disabilities and eventually rolling out the support system to entire communities.