Epilepsy support association uganda

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Epilepsy attacked me in 1992. Thereafter, I lived a\r\nmiserable life with constant and continuous seizures. They attacked me during\r\nmy 1997 UCE and 2000 Grade III Examinations respectively.  My left leg, arm, noise eye could paralyze\r\nfor some minutes. I started Anti Epileptic Drugs (AEDs) in 2004. I got\r\ncounseling from ESAU volunteers and seizures reduced. On behalf of people with Epilepsy\r\n(PWEs) special thanks goes to Mr. Augustine Mugarura, the Founder and Director\r\nof ESAU for that initiative and advocacy. In 2005, I went for a Diploma in\r\nEducation Primary (DEP) course at NTC Kabale, which I completed in 2008 with a\r\nSecond Class Upper Diploma in English and Religious Education awarded by Kyambogo\r\nUniversity without any seizure.

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During Special Needs Education Lectures, disability\r\nrelated aspects were much emphasized since I was one. I started re-calling\r\nother disabled members in our society. I recalled the crippled boy Mubangizi\r\nJames, a former pupil of Kaara Primary School. I consulted my lecturer Mrs.\r\nByarugaba M on how I could rehabilitate James. She referred me to Hon.\r\nRutacengerwa (RIP). I found him at Kigongi FPD in Kabale Municipality. He gave\r\nme that wheel chair for James and took concern of my epilepsy. I took the wheel\r\nchair home, and then James went back to school in P.6 at Kaara Primary school.\r\nThere was no road to his home, so we rented a house in Nyanamo T.C. My plan was\r\nto lobby for him to secure admission to post primary Rehabilitation institutes.\r\nHowever, he again dropped-out after two terms in P.6 due to unavoidable\r\ncircumstances.

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But the two terms of schooling rehabilitated James\r\nto some degree. People understood that he was still alive. He lost his stress.\r\nMiraculously he started walking with two sticks as seen in the pictures. He is\r\njoyous which attracted the attention of many people to become his friends.

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In\r\nthe photograph, he is with Mr. Besigye Patrick Keehwa Chairman LC5 Kabale\r\nDistrict.

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In 2009, he walked a one and a half kilometre\r\njourney to my home, his first walk which surprised the masses. He walks 2 km to\r\nKaara Church because he is religious as the wheel chair broke down.

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Economically, he is a good planner.

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The bricks in the background of our photograph (Jan.\r\n2015) are his. He has started building  a\r\nhouse but he needs support.

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 He grows some\r\nIrish potatoes however little they are. A Good Samaritan gave him a goat.

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He has visited his relatives in Kampala several\r\ntimes. What hurts me, he would be operating a Mobile Money shop in Kampala but\r\neducation denied him that chance.

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He calls me his teacher. It also hurts because he\r\nwas not able to continue with his education.

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Among his other challenges James lacks finances for\r\neconomic empowerment. His plans are stunted. His parents are aged and poor.

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As the saying goes, birds of the same feather flock\r\ntogether, disability made us friends.

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MY\r\nAPPEALS

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1.      Invite\r\nwell-wishers to empower James economically because he is not intellectually\r\nhand capped.

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2.      I\r\nalso invite them to visit him in Kibungo Village-Kaara Parish Muko Sub-county\r\nKabale District 9km on Muko –Kaara-Nshanjare Road adjacent Bwindi Impenetrable\r\nNational Park off Muko Sub-county Headquarters along Kabale-Kisoro Highway.

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3.      Learners\r\nshould relate some learning aspects to the daily activities for action.

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"Disability\r\nis not Inability”

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KARUTOKYE\r\nHENRY

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0781505258

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karutokyehenry@gmail.com

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BOD\r\nMember NUDIPU (National Union of Disabled persons of Uganda)

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BOD\r\nmember ESAU (Epilepsy support Association Uganda)

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KARUTOKYE HENRY