Disability Affairs assists boy with cerebral palsy

25 Mar 2018 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 MAR (NAMPA) – The Disability Affairs division has donated necessities worth N.dollars 10 000 to a 14-year-old boy with disabilities in Tsumeb.
Deputy Minister for Disability Affairs in the Office of the Vice-President, Alexia Manombe-Ncube handed the donation over to Frestande Amutenya and her son, Stevanus Franns on Thursday.
Manombe-Ncube said it is her department’s mandate to implement tangible interventions and address socio-economic challenges faced by people with disabilities.
She said they have, in collaboration with the Office of the Attorney-General, proposed a Disability Fund Bill which will be tabled in Parliament this year.
The Bill’s objective will be to establish a fund to assist people with disabilities.
“I trust that every Namibian will support the disability fund legislation once introduced in Parliament and support it all the way to its enactment,” she said.
The deputy minister further said Amutenya is one of many Namibians who has approached her office for assistance.
Franns was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills.
Amutenya, who is a mother of three, thanked the disability affairs department for the donation.
“We appreciate your support. It is not easy to raise Stevanus on our own,” she said.
She explained that their income comes from the government’s disability grant of N.dollars 250 and domestic work she does when she can get it.
However, this is a challenge for the single mother as there is no one to look after Franns, who cannot do anything on his own.
“Sometimes I want to go and look for work, but I can’t as there is nobody to look after Stevanus. The other kids are too young to look after him,” she said.