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Zimbabwe’s RaDDA Foundation plants seed of self-sustainability for people living with disabilities

Lisa Duduzile

BULAWAYO – Zimbabwe’s people living with disabilities received a shot in the arm recently, when a non-profit organisation – Rare Diseases and Disabilities Africa Foundation successfully launched an income generating project to its beneficiaries in Makokoba, Bulawayo.

Tinotenda Mudarikwa, founder of RaDDA Foundation, said the organisation was built on the need to uplift the marginalized in society.

“RaDDA Foundation is all about uplifting the marginalized. Makokoba is the oldest residential area in Bulawayo Metropolitan and yet is still marginalized in terms of infrastructure and livelihoods as a whole,” said Mudarikwa.

“Furthermore people with disabilities are even more marginalized as they stay in old dilapidated flats built as far as 1945 (Gertrude flats, Burombo , Vundu,) and have donors and funders who come once off normally on festive seasons meaning they are helped annually which is not sustainable and leave them with the donor syndrome.”

The foundation gave 50 out of the 150 caregivers and parents of children living with disabilities a crate of Pepsi Cola each to sell and kick-start their road to self-sustenance.

The disability committee chairman of Makokoba’s ward 7, Benjamin Moyo, expressed gratitude for the gesture.

“We are happy to see well-wishers who are willing to boost our resolved to start projects that will see us stop reliance on begging,” said Mr Moyo.

People living with disabilities present on the launch said they were concerned by the fact that given space to run their businesses in the city, something that hindered them from pursuing their business interests.

“We continue to appeal to the city council so that they may avail designated space for the people living with disabilities to sell their products in order to sustain themselves,” added Moyo.

Mudarikwa, the founder of RaDDA Foundation, has for all his life lived with imperforate anus – a rare disease which is one of the seven conditions Global PaedSurg will be investigating. He now stands up for rare diseases, hoping to inspire others and championing for the easily marginalized, especially in the rural communities.

The organisation will carry out a three-month assessment and monitoring on the projects to ensure that there is progress being made.

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