Jinja Diocese celebrates Day of the Handicapped

Jinja Diocese celebrates Day of the Handicapped

Jinja Diocese celebrates Day of the Handicapped

More than 1000 Christians from Jinja Diocese led by their Bishop Rt. Rev. Charles Martin Wamika marched through Jinja city on Saturday, 24th September 2022 amidst pomp, ululation and jubilation creating awareness for persons and families living with disabilities.

Under the the theme : “Walking together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit”, this March was held on the awareness raising day for persons and families living with disabilities on Saturday 24th September. It was led by the Brass Band followed by Person(s) with disabilities, Rt. Rev. Charles Wamika Bishop of Jinja Diocese, together with other faithful Christians of Jinja who joined the march that began from Main street Primary School at 9:00am.

The excitement engulfed the faithful and residents of Jinja who stood by the roadside to catch a glimpse of the Christians who were marching in wheel chairs with great joy.

The march climaxed at 10am at Our Lady of Fatima Jinja City Parish with Mass Led by Bishop of Jinja Diocese Rt. Rev. Charles Martin Wamika and the Preacher during Mass was Rev. Fr. David Ojaka who is the Chaplain of People with disabilities, Jinja Diocese.

In speeches, the Bishop and Guest of Honor urged Christians not to take the children with disabilities as second class children who receive always what has remained for example in families or in communities. He pointed at giving the disabled, the first priorities and chances to opportunities to transform their lives.

“Dear Parents who have children with disabilities do not be too protective and discriminative; also let the disabled children out, for opportunities like any other child”, Bishop Wamika said. He further more added that a person is more than his disability.

In his last message, he called upon people of God and the public to support and assist people with disabilities so that they become self reliant and Independent by providing them with equal chances. “Give them an opportunity to prove to the society that they can contribute to the wellbeing of the society and help their fellows, for disability is not inability.” He concluded.

The day ended with giving out of assistive devices (walkers and clutches) to PWDs.

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