Help for disabled children of immigrants

Immigrant rights organisation  Passop (People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty) has revived its Disabled Children Support Group, launched in 2012.DisabledPASSOP-20130602_large

The group had stopped operating after the death of facilitator Eunice Kuneni in 2015. At the time the group included 18 South African children and 52 children of foreign nationals.

The new facilitator, Wilson Tarusarira, said there was a need for a special help for refugees and asylum seekers with with disabled children, who faced challenges in access to health, education, employment and documentation. Tarusarira is writing his master’s thesis in disability studies in the Health Sciences faculty at the University of Cape Town.

Zimbabwean Melody Kucherera, parent of a disabled child, said she battled with transport for her child to the Vista Nova school. Transport cost her R1,300 from a R3,000 salary, said Kucherera, who works as a domestic worker.

Tarusarira said  if the association was able get funding from donors, this could be used to assist parents of disabled children to meet some of their challenges.