Lake Victoria Disability Centre from Jane Stockdale on Vimeo.

Aims and Objectives

• To provide access to vocational skills for disadvantaged young people

• To teach deaf youths and their parents sign language

• To increasing self-esteem, confidence and communication for young people with disabilities

• To support the wider community of people with disabilities of Mara with a safe place to visit and seek support such as medical referrals, mobility aid production, information on their rights and entitlements.

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LVDC staff and students

Why we do it?

According to the World Health Organisation, 10% of the population of Tanzania are disabled. This is due to a number of factors such as poor health conditions, a lack of treatment for polio, malaria and meningitis, mishandling at birth, traditional practices and gender inequality. There are very few medical and rehabilitation services in place for people with disabilities – in the Mara region with a population of over a million, there is only 1 physiotherapist, 85% of the disabled population in Mara are unable to access education beyond primary school, 50% of whom have not attended school at all. The centre not only teaches essential life skills such as sign language and vocational skills but also works to change perceptions of disability.

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