“One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, it keeps returning back to the giver” – Cort Flint
More often than not, in our communities, the physically challenged persons are left to make their way through the uncharted path of life struggle. Globally, statistics show that physically challenged persons are more likely to be illiterate, unemployed and often socially neglected. A close look at the mission of this organization, “Move Around With Us, Incorporated (MAWUI) reveals that the welfare of every human person is fundamentally crucial.
Following the footstep of Jesus Christ, who brought succor to people who are variously challenged, MAWUI seeks to build a more inclusive community that will impact positively on the lives of the physically challenged in our local communities. It is an open secret that the majority of the physically challenged persons face barriers and discrimination in their everyday lives; finding it difficult to participate meaningfully and effectively in their social, political, religious, and civic duties.
The goal is to help physically challenged persons realize that they have potentials in life that need to be actualized. It is not enough to allow a person to merely exist! Hence, MAWUI believes that policy makers need to be concerned about issues of social inclusion and protection of the physically challenged persons in our communities. Thus, it craves to be an eye to the blind, legs to the lame, the lone companion to the lonely, hope to the frustrated and a reassuring voice to the depressed.
Generally, many physically challenged persons see basic life activities as thoroughly challenging. Some of them do not often experience the soothing feeling of fresh breeze or the warmth of sunshine because they cannot move unless helped by often unwilling relatives. Sometimes, even when a wheelchair is available, they still need to be lifted due to absence of ramps. In such case, the provision of wheelchair alone would not suffice.
The condition of the physically challenged children tells a story of a forgotten and despised vulnerable group. While many are unable to go to school for lack of transportation, those who manage to get there, are obviously shown how inadequate they are by lack of amenities designed to suit their peculiar situation. There are no ramps to give them easy access to their classrooms, unless fellow pupils resort to manually lifting them up. They are expected to learn alongside others without any aid. Playtime is another challenge to them since they cannot move around and play with their school friends. Sometimes they are objects of ridicule and bullying among their peers, which can make them close up in self-pity and loathing. It seems like a story of lost childhood because of the lack of carefree joyfulness of children! All these factors sometimes discourage them from advancing their studies, leading to early school drop-out syndrome and street-begging for survival.
More still, some parents exploit the unfortunate conditions of their physically challenged children, by turning them into perpetual beggars. They display them on a hot surface by the roadside to attract sympathy from passers-by in anticipation for alms. Sadly, most of these “children-turned-beggars” are very intelligent and gifted children, who, if given opportunities, can develop their talents, become independent and contribute maximally to the society.
Therefore, this Organization aims to encourage the society to see her members as one family. No true family excludes any of her members because of disability. The human family as well cannot truly achieve its goal when some of its members are left to barely subsist. There is a great need to help the physically challenged persons develop their natural talents, and come to realization that their seeming corporeal inadequacy is not enough to force them into a life of self pity and perpetual dependence.
Compassionately, we see the limitedness of these individuals as a matter of concern; and since they are humans like us, we work to promote better life for them, and we intend to do that the following ways:
* Improving public recognition and respect for the physically challenged.
* Advocating that they be accorded certain priorities in public places, which will help to bridge the environmental barriers to inclusion in all places and gatherings.
* Effectively pursuing on their behalf government policies that will impact positively on their socio-economic and political lives.
* Engaging in a broad research to provide a reliable data that will guide us in both planning and resources allocation.
* Acquiring wheel chairs, walking sticks, zimmers, crutches, walkers etc. to ease mobility.
* To partner with local churches and schools in building ramps in most public buildings to make accessibility easier for them.
* Organizing seminars and workshops on the need to promote livelihood for the physically challenged.