It is estimated that there are over 300,000 people with disabilities in Rwanda. Many thousands are amputees having suffered from years of war. This project gives around 300 young people with disabilities the opportunity to access sport and recreational activities while raising awareness of the rights of people with disabilities. Where possible, the activities are also open to their peers without disabilities to try to bridge the gap between the two groups. The project is run by the National Paralympic Committee of Rwanda.
The NPC believes that sporting activity is one way of getting people with disabilities out of isolation.
Participation in sport creates peer interaction, co-operative relationships and teamwork. It can also play a significant role in reducing the focus on the disability of the person and places the focus on their abilities. This leads to empowerment and greater self-confidence that can be applied to other parts of their life, for example employment.
The ‘Development of Sports and Rights for People with Disabilities’ project, supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, will give around 300 adult and 100 young people with disabilities, and their peers without disabilities, the opportunity to access sport and recreation.