On per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties

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De­vel­op­ment Goal num­ber 10 – to re­duce in­equal­ity.

“With the do­na­tion of E400 000 from the Aus­tralian Aid and Aus­tralian Vol­un­teer In­ter­na­tional, we ac­quired 30 sports spe­cific wheel­chairs, started three clubs in Mba­bane, Manzini and Siteki in part­ner­ship with the re­spec­tive Town Coun­cils.

“We have reached more than 30 peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties who ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of play­ing bas­ket­ball in wheel­chairs,” she said.

She added that be­sides get­ting stronger and health­ier, sports also boost con­fi­dence and a great plat­form for peer sup­port and friend­ships.

“One of our play­ers has said that since she started play­ing wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, she no longer feels ashamed of her dis­abil­i­ties,” she said.

Le­ung fur­ther high­lighted that they have also ven­tured into other in­clu­sive sports.

“Through­out 2018, our play­ers have par­tic­i­pated in three marathons in wheel­chairs or walk­ing aid. An­other com­pleted the 21km race and many oth­ers com­pet­ing in 10km and 3km races,” she said.

He said they have also col­lab­o­rated with Bail­amos Sta­dium for wheel­chair danc­ing,” she said.

The Eswa­tini Dis­abil­ity Sports Day Walk par­tic­i­pants danc­ing to­gether.

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