Local NPO educates community on tolerance for disabled

2018-03-14 06:01
Nyameka Mbewuhas taken it upon herself to educate the community about disability tolerance through her Dare To Care Foundation, a non-profit organisation. They will host a single ladies’ seminar, under the theme Arise and Reach Your Destiny at Hoza Hall, Avenue A, in New Brighton this Saturday afternoon.      Photo:SUPPLIED

Nyameka Mbewuhas taken it upon herself to educate the community about disability tolerance through her Dare To Care Foundation, a non-profit organisation. They will host a single ladies’ seminar, under the theme Arise and Reach Your Destiny at Hoza Hall, Avenue A, in New Brighton this Saturday afternoon. Photo:SUPPLIED

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WITH the vision to help curb the stigma attached to disability, Merryvale’s School for Specialised Education teacher Nyameka Mbewu has taken it upon herself to educate the community about disability tolerance.

This through her Dare To Care Foundation, a non-profit organisation which was established in 2014.

The organisation, run by a team of seven, focuses on the various challenges faced by people living with disabilities, both physically and emotionally. “Working with learners who are misunderstood or stigmatised by society has been my frustration throughout the years because this is an issue that is often overlooked and ignored.

“So, I wanted to do more by going out into the community and educating them on the misconceptions and challenges surrounding the issue,” Mbewu said.

She explained how initially the organisation had focused solely on physically disabled persons, but with time they came to realise that individuals were greatly affected emotionally as well as other underlying issues.

“What people fail to understand is that disability comes in different forms.

“Some people may not necessarily be physically disabled, but you could find that deep down they are broken.

“Such brokenness could be related to one’s upbringing or many other factors in one’s life.”

Mbewu, who became a widow at the young age of 26, said women often suffered in silence as they found it hard to open up about their problems.

“This is why we have decided to host a single ladies’ seminar, under the theme Arise and Reach Your Destiny.”

The seminar will take place at Hoza Hall, Avenue A, in New Brighton on Saturday from 13:00 to 16:00.

“This seminar will focus on the issues of single ladies who have to face challenges, ranging from widowhood, abuse and divorce, to disability and single motherhood, which result in stigmatisation.

“Such women face rejection and isolation and that affects one’s self-esteem.

“So, we are going to encourage the women to step out of their dark tents of shame and use their God-given talents to reach their destinies.”

Mbewu further added that the organisation had also managed to collect clothes and shoe donations for all ages which will be distributed to the needy. “There will also be prize vouchers sponsored by Skin Sense beauty salon.

“Admission to the event is free; however, a soft collection will be greatly appreciated as we are a non-profit organisation.”

  • Mbewu is also the author of a motivational book titled . The book is a poetic form of expressing women’s issues and will be on sale at the event for R120 each.

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