Empower 50 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with Disabilities in Cameroon
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), since October 2016, active conflict in the North West and South West Regions has dramatically uprooted more than 500,000 people from their homes in Cameroon, as at December 31st 2018.Government forces and the armed militia groups have conducted large scale arson operations, which have led to the massive destruction of over 170 villages in the North West Region of Cameroon alone.Some of them are persons with disabilities including children,women and the elderly, who are threatened with survival challenges due to their special needs.The greatest challenge is how to deal with the abrupt and sudden departure of these persons with disabilities from their homes and immediate environment, to a strange and uncertain environment with the same challenges of survival. We intend to address critical issues of these persons with special needs, within the ambit of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16, and cross cutting, as read with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Human rights are rights of persons with disabilities, as a general application under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Within the context of this project, 50 IDPs with disabilities will directly be empowered to enjoy greater freedom of movement and/or mobility and independence, to lead a financially and dignified life like others.They will have opportunities to make meaningful economic contributions to their families and strive towards the achievement of sustainable livelihood and poverty alleviation. Indirectly, at least 200 family members will benefit from the improved income levels in their home steads through the provision of basic needs. Without these mobility aids, internally displaced persons living in urban settings within Bamenda Municipality, from very poor and impoverished villages and towns in the North West Region of Cameroon will continue to suffer from inhumane and precarious conditions of poverty and misery, against the spirit of various International Protection Standards.
REWAC's mission centers around empowering vulnerable migrants. Within the context of this conflict, its operations focus more on the ever growing IDP population and has thus leveraged its partnership with local actors to assist 3350 IDPs with life saving food security assistance in the two regions. Now, REWAC will implement a range of activities aimed at empowering the IDPs with disabilities to alleviate the burden of mobility as they strive independently to improve their livelihoods.Secondly, the ongoing emergency response undertaken by the United Nations and other international humanitarian organizations in the Region is likely to turn into a longer -term situation of rehabilitation and reconstruction.Appropriate protection interventions and assistance in the light of empowering these group of persons must be determined to leverage a considerable level of support for their sustainability.This action is therefore complimentary to the activities of all operational partners in the emergency response. However , in Focus Group Discussions (FGD)with internally displaced persons with disabilities in the Bamenda Municipality, both men and women consistently indicate mobility aids as their top priority. The need is particularly high for active young men and women who are the bread winners of their various families.