People with disabilities face many hurdles when they try to participate in normal societal life – even if there have been improvements in the past few years. The UEM engages in the inclusion of people with and without disabilities.
Children confined to a wheelchair or mentally ill adults face great challenges even in Germany. In many African and Asian countries the situation is even worse – sometimes for cultural reasons, often simply because the necessary resources and know-how are lacking. That’s why we give particular support to those projects that empower people with disabilities to live life to their fullest.
One example is the Rainbow School in Lushoto, Tanzania, where children with disabilities are able to go to a school that is tailored to their needs.The Alpha Omega project in Sumatra also aims at preparing children to lead a life that is as self-determined as possible.
Expert and staff exchanges are an important element of our work. During visits to Germany, people who work in our member churches in Africa and Asia become acquainted with Western disability support services; in exchange, German special education experts visit institutions in Tanzania or Indonesia.