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Waikete Villagers Observe Disability Day

Waikete villagers in Tailevu were encouraged to focus on issues relating to the inclusion of persons living with disabilities in development. Speaking at the International Day of People with Disability
05 Dec 2014 07:45
Waikete Villagers Observe Disability Day
Children of Waikete village in Tailevu during the International Day of People with Disability celebrations. Photo: DEPTFO News

Waikete villagers in Tailevu were encouraged to focus on issues relating to the inclusion of persons living with disabilities in development.

Speaking at the International Day of People with Disability celebrations at Waikete village, Rewa Disabled Persons Organisation president, Litia Naitanui said it was inspiring to see the villagers get together to support people with disabilities.

Ms Naitanui, also a community-based inclusive development officer for the Central Division, said people living with disabilities are at times left out in rural and remote areas but today was a special day for them to be included in the celebrations at Waikete Village.

“The celebration is just a means to inform others in our society that people with disability are very important. Sometimes people with disability are left out in accessibility development or individual development but this day serves as a reminder to others to look after and be inclusive of people with disability,” Ms Naitanui said.

She said because of the various advocacy works carried out by government and civil society organisations across Fiji about persons with disability, the  people’s mindset was changing.

“We want to encourage others that people with disability have talents, capability and potential to move forward with their support. Villagers are now seeing the value people with disability have in our community and this day also puts out a very important message that people with disability need our support.

“The Government is taking into consideration the needs of people with disability. It is looking into accessibility development at community level. It is also good to note that people are realising the challenges faced by people living with disability and are coming up to assist them,” she said.

Ms Naitanui’s message to people with disability is to come out of isolation and move forward in life.

The event at Waikete Village was organised in partnership with the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and a non-government organisation, Trumpet Trust.

The theme for this year’s International Day of People Living with Disability is ‘Sustainable development: the promise of technology’.

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