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Kigali Rwanda-PERSONS WITH PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITIES - Umeeda reporting Podcast #307

Cuso International

Sep 21 2011

I am in Kigali Rwanda working as a fundraising advisor to 8 disability groups. I met Sam Badege and others that are members of NOUSPR is Kigali. They have a small social enterprise organization that makes and sells handicrafts to support their work. Please contact [email protected] if you wish to buy some of these crafts.

NOUSPR is comprised of a board of experts, who were elected by the people with psychosocial disabilities to represent their interests they are well informed and aware of their social needs.The leaders of NOUSPR are also well versed with the Rwandan culture, the bad history of human rights abuse and how people with the minority in general have been deprived of their human rights, in their own society. This experience has made the team raise the organization from mere dreams to, now with the membership of over 270. The spirit of volunteerism, with devotion and self sacrifice is currently shared by many among the members, caregivers and friends have been inspired by this spirit as well and have embraced it in their daily lives.The team also has a long history in the disability movement it has been registering successes in challenging and changing the Rwandan tradition of marginalizing people with psychosocial disabilities and in fighting stigma and discrimination. Many suffered after the 1994 genocide and are trying hard to recover.

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