Association Of Physically Challenged Persons Reflects On 2021

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By Modou Touray

The Association of Physically Challenged Persons has explained its successes and challenges in 2021 and its desires for persons with disability in The Gambia.

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In an exclusive engagement with The Fatu Network, Eduward Preira, the chairperson, highlighted that within a year of existence, the group has succeeded in finalizing all due processes to stand as a viable association. Mr. Preira is also the nominated councilor for persons with disabilities at the Brikama Area Council.

“This association is registered under the umbrella of the Gambia Federation of the disables, which is responsible for all the differently disable persons in the country. Our Association is specifically looking at physically challenged persons, that is, those who have challenges with their legs, hands or on wheelchairs,” Mr Preira explained.

Disability he clarifies, has many types but he concentrating on the physically challenged. He said with virtually a year old, they were able to mobilize funds through local initiatives to assist themselves but however recognized the patronage of the government, civil society and the community at large.

On the difficulties, he admitted that lack of mobility for the association hampered the poor attendance of the monthly meetings of the association. “We have a membership of 73 and we have members from foni, Lamin, Kombo Darsilameh and other remote villages. Our people travel from far places. For those on wheelchairs and other conditions, it is not easy for them to attend meetings on time because they always need the company of other people.”

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On their new year resolution, he said they intend to assist their membership with education and other socio-economic engagements.

The Association is glad to hear that the Disability Bill has been enacted by the National Assembly and looks forward to its implementation.

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