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Italian NGO Rescues Disabled in Rural Liberia

In an effort to restore the lost dignity of disabled people in Liberia, AIFO-Liberia, an Italian-based organization, is presently working with people with disabilities in Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Margibi and Bong Counties.

In an interview with reporters, AIFO-Liberia Regional Field Coordinator Jonathon Davis said based on their intervention in the disabled sector, people with disabilities were gaining their lost hope, pride, and dignity. He said AIFO was providing grants to small self-help groups and scholarships to members of the disabled community, with the aim

to develop their capacities of those believed to be neglected by either government or families. The AIFO-Liberia Regional Field Coordinator expressed total regrets over families and individuals who overlook those with disabilities, urging them to desist, as the disabled are also able to contribute to the growth and development of the Liberian society.

He termed the argument that people with disabilities are unable to contribute to the development of society as unrealistic and only intended to look down on them. He urged Organizations, Government and other sectors to see reasons in employing qualified disabled people in their work places so as to sustain their own families as the able body people do.

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