On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Nolan Quigley, our Director of Global Advocacy shares his reflections on the impact of the war in Ukraine war on children with disabilities and on their institutionalisation.
Ivan was taken from his dad, Stoyan, when he was just three years old. Because he has cerebral palsy and his dad is a single parent, the authorities had decided Ivan would be better off in an orphanage. That’s when our social worker, Elitsa, stepped in.
The success of a groundbreaking project to close orphanages in Rwanda and Uganda, shows that all children can leave institutions for the warmth and security of a family, once they have the right support.
A number of children with disabilities, reunited with their families through our work, are now calling on the UN to recognise orphanages as one of the biggest barriers to progress on creating safe, healthy and inclusive communities.
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