CINTA Uganda had a fundraising drive to raise money enough to support Sumayiya, a young disabled girl with a wheelchair and scholastic materials. I would like to thank Dr. Rita Mijumbi , Mary Kurek and others who contributed towards this cause. We have managed to raise money enough for the wheelchair though scholastic materials are not yet realized. We need $300 to provide Sumayiya with uniforms, books, bag and feeding support for one year.
Below is the story that featured on my personal Facebook page and GofundMe website
CINTA Foundation Uganda is fundraising for a wheelchair and scholastic materials to help a nine (9) year old P.3 pupil of St. Joseph Nansana Catholic Primary School. (UPE school about 9 kilometers along Kampala- Hoima Road).
At one and a half (1 1/2) years, Sumayiya developed an unknown disease that affected her knee joints consequently leading to her inability to stand or walk. In fact, whenever Sumayiya wants to visit the toilet at home or school, she has to either crawl through the filth or be carried by sympathizers.
Sumayiya lives with her 48-year-old grandmother (full-time housewife) called Nakamyuka Irene, who carries her on her back daily to and from school. This grandmother lives in Kibwa Zone, Nansana-Nabweru and the distance to the child’s school is about 2.5 kilometers.
Sumayiya’s mother, on the other hand, is a poor peasant who is a hawker of second-hand clothes. Through this, she is unable to earn enough money to purchase the required wheelchair after paying for meals. The child’s father deserted the family soon after Sumayiya’s disease incident.
The donation of a wheel-chair and 2-year supplies of scholastic materials will provide the following multi-benefits to this family:-
1) Sumayiya will either be able to use her wheelchair for toilet purposes or move to and from the toilet using the wheelchair. This will minimize the incidences of sickness and medical bills from poor hygiene.
2) Sumayiya will be able to concentrate during her last two crucial years leading to her Primary leaving Examinations. Her scholastic materials will also readily be available leaving the family to concentrate on her feeding and welfare
3) Costs of maintaining Sumayiya (like having to do daily washing of dirty clothes) will be greatly reduced
4) Sumayiya’s independence and self-esteem will be raised as she will no longer have to rely on the grandmother and well-wishers to be carried around. She will be able to move around the house and the school and be able to do some playing with her fellow children.
5) Grandmother’s time used in carrying Sumayiya will be reduced hence releasing her to carry out other home activities. The demands on the grandmother’s life and health will be lighter since she will not have to carry the child around.
We welcome both financial and in-kind donations towards this cause