On 1st December 2018, Uganda Marketer’s Society (UMS) organized a colorful Kid’s Christmas Party which was filled with lots of fun, love, laughter, gift giving and Santa Clause at the Kiwatule Recreation Centre.
The event that was attended by a good number of people, left a strong impression and an important message to the public that, ‘disability is not inability’.
At the Christmas party, the children with disabilities had a chance to showcase their talents in rapping, singing, hand art crafts, tailoring, dancing and sports. Most of the guests were taken by surprise when they witnessed how talented the children were especially the blind MC that amazed the revelers on how he could tell what was on stage.
A total of 101 children attended in person for this Christmas themed party ushering in the International day for people with disabilities.
Apart from Uganda Marketer’s Society, Fenna Tujjune, a nonprofit known for its continued support for disadvantaged children in Kampala also took part in the gala. The organization has a beneficiaries’ program that caters for children who are visually impaired, autistic, physically handicapped, with hearing impairment and cancer.
‘Before the number of beneficiaries grew to a hundred, we used to contact generous families to dine with 1 or 2 of the children on Christmas. This was to help them get the festive joy and experience as family. We are grateful that these families gladly shared their holiday seasons with us,’ says [lets add a name], the director of Fenna Tujjune.
Due to the overwhelming number of beneficiaries under their program, Fenna Tujjune reached out to the Uganda Marketer’s Society to help organise a Christmas party for all the kids in one place.
The non-profit which was started in 2014 by a group of orphans, focused on giving morale support and inspiration to children growing without parents until 2016 when one of the members lost his leg due to a car accident.
After seeing how this impacted his life, the group set its eyes on what was happening to PWDs (People with Disabilities) in Uganda motivating them to continue their work of protecting children without parents or guardians.
‘We believe that it is the responsibility of all Ugandans to participate in breaking the stigma for children who are living with disabilities in our communities’, according to the members of Fenna Tujjune.
The Fenna Tujjune Initiative advocates for social inclusion to help break the stigma children with disabilities face in today’s communities and also ensure that they have a proper childhood and education.
Read more about Fenna Tujjune: Fenna Tujjune Brings Hope for Children with Disabilities Across Uganda
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project and a freelance consultant passionate about tech, programming, games and entertainment.