ZAPD in Southern Province receive K76,000 to address challenges

GOVERNTMENT has in the first and second quarter given the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD) in Southern Province K76, 000 to help address various challenges faced by people with special needs.
Southern Province ZAPD coordinator Ruth Munkombwe said the funds are meant to provide education services, empowerment of the disabled and the purchase of tools for the disabled such as wheelchairs.
Mrs Munkombwe said about 46 physically challenged people have benefitted from the funding, while more will be catered for in the second quarter allocation.
She said her office is mainly targeting the districts that are not on the social cash transfer programme so that they too could also benefit from empowerment funds.
Mrs Munkombwe implored the disabled to use the empowerment funds to venture into businesses that could help them provide for their families.
She also said ZAPD is more keen on empowering people that are doing some form of businesses so as to boost what they are already doing than those doing nothing.
“It is difficult to give capital to a disabled person who is not doing any business, because they would just use that money to buy something to eat and go back to the street to beg,” Mrs Munkombwe said.
She said although the empowerment funds are not sufficient to cater for everyone, the impact is being felt because the allocation has gone up by a significant amount.
“In the past the office would receive as low as K2, 000 for the entire province, which was difficult to share among the many problems faced by the physically challenged,” Mrs Munkombwe said.

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