Written by Fru Rita Ngum
The CBC Health Services Empowerment and Disability Inclusive Programme (EDID) has entered into a partnership with the Coordinating Unit of The Association of Persons Living With Disability (CUAPWD) that will see the organization of sporting and cultural activities for persons living with disability in the Northwest and Region of Cameroon. The contract signed on April 29, 2016 by EDID Programme Manager, Mrs. Agho Glory and CUAPWD President, Mr. Nyingcho Samuel will see the CBCHS-EDID provide FCFA 2 million to fund the events, while CUAPWD on its part will raise FCFA 1.225 million through private and corporate sponsorship.
In line with the disability network’s goal of bringing its members together to act as one man for their common good, Mr. Nyingcho Samuel praised the creation of this new platform that will introduce many disabled people to sports and recreation, with an eye cast on identifying and nurturing talent that could eventually turn professional. CUAPWD will work to identify centres that will field teams for tournaments in football and handball in different categories: the visually impaired, physically disabled, hearing/speech impaired and the mentally challenged. The project will then proceed to introduce sporting activities to these centres, and form teams which will go on to register in the different categories. Teams in each discipline will compete for one spot to contest in the final that will pit them against the winner in the other region, with the events set to culminate with the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.
The CBCHS-EDID Programme has made provisions to involve its beneficiaries during the events. The socio-cultural sporting events will also showcase fan clubs that will animate the games, singers and other activities that will enhance the experience for all participants. “We will use mainstream media, social media and churches”. CUAPD will also further its course through the Ministry of Social Affairs, Youth and Civic Education and the Ministry of Culture.
Speaking during the signing of the pact, the CBCHS Chief of Administration and Finance (CAF), Mr. Warri Denis said he had no doubt about the capabilities of CUAPWD, praising their work ethic and encouraging them to make use of the CBCHS’ experience whenever they face any difficulties. Mr. Warri also advised on the need for accountability, the need to adhere to strict financial guidelines, a good working relationship with EDID and noted that success would yield opportunities for other platforms. Implementation of this groundbreaking partnership was expected to start on May 1, 2016.