The action is to carry out the mandate that came from all the regional consultations for the Anglican Alliance to develop expertise in relief work for people with disabilties.
Tania visited Mayukwayukwa refugee camp run by UNHCR in western Zambia to speak to the refugees, and especially to those affected by disabilities or continuing health conditions. She wanted to find out about what support they needed, and also about the impact that the emergency had on their personal circumstances.
She had already met with a number of agencies working with people with disabilities in the UK, and also spoken to people who been forced to leave their homes as a result of natural or conflict-related disasters. This included discussions with former residents of Malawi and Somalia. Tania looked at all forms of special need, whether these arose from physcial impairments, learning difficulties, or pressures resulting from traumatic incidents, including gender-based violence.
The findings from her visit will be analysed to see how the Alliance can take forward the work to support people with disabilities and special needs, to develop and share models of best practice.
If you have experience of working with people with disabilities, or if you have family members with special needs and have had to support them through emergency situations, then please contact Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org.