03 December 2018

“We can’t leave the most vulnerable behind”

Joseph spent years surviving neglect and abuse in an orphanage in Rwanda. Today he has a foster family to love and protect him.

Children with disabilities need families, never orphanages.

That’s the message on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dec 03, from organisations involved in the global movement to end the institutionalisation of children.

Today is also the day when the UK Government’s Department for International Development releases its first fully fledged Disability Strategy, setting out their ambitions for inclusive development worldwide.

The issues of disability and orphanages/institutions are inextricably linked and so today we are calling on the Government to fulfill the commitment it made at the Global Disability Summit in July to promote and support families not orphanages for all children around the world.

Click here to listen to Dr Lisa Cameron, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability and Mark Waddington, CEO of Hope and Homes for Children, explain why today is so vital and what needs to be done to make sure that every child with disabilities can access their right to a loving family.