A United Kingdom (UK) based Organization of People Living with disability has promised to build a Paralympics stadium in Malawi.
The organization’s Director Annie Wafula Strike disclosed the development during a meeting she had with Minister of Gender,
Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati when she visited UK.
The organization which works mostly in Kenya, advocates for the right of the disabled, donate wheel chairs with its charity and advocacy being recognized by Queen Elizabeth with Member of British Emblem award.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Kaliati said the development is good news to the ministry taking into consideration that people with disabilities are unable to take part in some sporting activities due to lack of accommodating facilities.
“There are many challenges faced by people with disabilities which include abandonment to stigma and discrimination, denied right to education and some children being used as begging tools in the street,” she said.
Kaliati said if all goes well, the paralympics stadium will be built in Mangochi once a place has been found.
“Apart from that, we are also going to build early child development centers in all group village head as one mechanism for early identification of disability in children,” she said.
Most ECD centres in Malawi are run by churches and mosques.
According to Kaliati, Wafula Strike will be in the country in November for the project.