|Posted on:||Friday, 9th September, 2016|
Tomorrow, Rwanda's sitting volleyball team will become the first African women’s team to compete in this event, when they take on China in their first match in Rio.
CBM has sponsored the team of 25 women with disabilities, funding training for the team, their coaches and referees, as well as equipment, and a training camp.
Laura Gore, CBM UK Programme Manager, hopes the team will help to change attitudes to disability in Rwanda and inspire disabled children to pursue their dreams:
"People with disabilities in Rwanda don’t just face huge practical barriers; many also have to deal with stigma and negative attitudes. So we hope that seeing [team captain] Liliane and her team representing their country will show that disabled people can achieve amazing things, and inspire boys and girls living with disabilities to believe in themselves and dream big!"
"As a disabled child in Kenya sport was for the other, able bodied children. The closest I ever came was to splash in a swimming pool, but no one thought it worthwhile to teach me to swim." Anne Wafula-Strike, Paralympic wheelchair racer - read Anne's blog about disability, sport and the Paralympics.