Raise for Rights - Rio 2016
Our supporters are racing, bench-pressing and bicep-curling to challenge the discrimination and ignorance which denies millions of people with disabilities the basic opportunities to take control of their own lives; the right to learn, to healthcare, to get a job, to play a role in family life…and most certainly to play and compete in sport.
One in five of the world’s poorest people have a disability (World Bank). 90%of children with disabilities don’t attend school (UNESCO).
We can continue to change that story, supporting people with disabilities across the globe to access their human rights and influence.
We work with local organisations to meet their local priorities, from helping artisans and producers to build businesses to supporting the development of the Paralympic Federation of Burkina Faso.
Jo Baker, Chief Executive of International Service, said:
“The Paralympics have done so much to change public perceptions of people with disabilities, but there are still significant challenges facing people with disabilities across the world. Often excluded from society, and with limited opportunities, people with disabilities face a much higher risk of poverty.”
“With the help of Pure Gym and our other fantastic and committed supporters, we can continue to support the local organisations empowering people living with disabilities to be independent, access employment opportunities, and participate in cultural events.”
Why race for rights?
International Service invests in people. People drive real and lasting change in their communities. From Britain to Burkina Faso, we’re working with the local people and organisations who are transforming communities by changing attitudes, lives and outcomes for women, girls, young people and people with disabilities.
We strengthen the skills and knowledge of local organisations, and together we support people to gain access to the rights which give them the power to change their lives; the right to an education, to skills, jobs or to start a business.
Organisations like Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in Sandema, Ghana, and local people like David Achuroa Akanpentiba.
David embodies the need for and the power of our approach to development. David’s callipers and crutches betray the lower limb paralysis caused by his childhood polio.
David’s family had kept him locked in his house for years. CBR found him through their outreach work, helped him to improve his mobility, worked with his family and helped all the other children understand that he was able to do things, and to achieve.
David has now become the first person in his family to graduate from university, and has secured a job as an M&E officer at CBR after a stint inspiring young volunteers from the UK and Ghana as a team leader on our International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
His presence on ICS perfectly illustrated that the objectives of the project - to sensitise Ghanaian communities to the rights, potential and aspirations of people with disabilities – were worthwhile and achievable. When working in communities, David became the real-life embodiment of its message.
David says: “Of course there is more impact because people see you, and understand that disability is not in itself inability. Those people who know someone with a disability, once they see someone who has not let the obstacles prevent them from getting where they are, then start to think what that person might be able to do.“
“My passion is to work with those who have disabilities, especially the children, to show them that they have a lot of talents they can give to society.”
So to help us provide more local organisations with the support they need to keep changing lives like David's, show your support for the York 10k team here
Some of our partners
HSB – Burkina Faso
Sport changes perceptions of people by allowing their capabilities to overshadow their disabilities. It can change how disabled people feel about themselves in a profound way.
We support Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB), an organisation staffed and managed by people with disabilities, which promotes and protects the rights of people with disabilities.
We support HSB to promote and research inclusive sport development, and develop resources to build their capacity.
CBR (life) in Ghana
Our Local Inclusive Festival (LIFE) project works with the Sandema Presbyterian Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme. Stigmatisation of people with disabilities is a major issue in Sandema. This has real and negative effects: adults struggle to find work as they are often thought of as more of a burden than a help.
Mr. Gilbert Asekabta is President of the Disabled People Organisation for the local area and has cerebral palsy himself. Mr Gilbert has seen how the treatment of people with disabilities has gradually improved over time due to education about disability rights.
Mr Gilbert said: “With disability programmes set aside, needs will not be met. That is why it is important CBR and International Service are there. It is our ba-boom…it is the voice of the voiceless.”
Last year International Service worked with LIFE to deliver awareness-raising sessions in schools, inclusive ICT lessons, a girl’s club, and an inclusive sports programme.