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Aida’s Story

Monday, 20 July, 2020

Aida, sitting on a chair outside with two other women, learning about COVID-19

Aida is a 23-year-old woman who is partially deafblind and lives with her family in Uganda. She was diagnosed at five months old after her mother noticed she was not looking at things or reacting to sounds. Her mother was devastated and didn’t know what to do. Aida grew up with no support, other than that of her family, and her parents experienced challenges in communicating with her and understanding her needs.

Through the support of Sense International Uganda, Aida was identified by the Uganda Parents of Deafblind Children’s Association (UPDBCA) as an adult and enrolled in a knitting course at a vocational training institution. She was provided with a knitting machine and supported by her sister to make sweaters during her school holidays.

The outbreak of COVID19 has had a major impact on Aida and her family, who are struggling to make money due to lockdown restrictions and have been surviving on one meal a day. Aida has been affected by all the changes, such as her church being closed, and she is struggling with the restrictions which cause her fear and confusion. Communication continues to be challenging for the family as Aida can’t express what she is feeling.

Thankfully, the family was visited by a coordinator from the UPDBCA, a partner organisation of Sense International Uganda, who helped to explain the COVID19 pandemic. As a result, Aida was able to better understand the situation and the family has expressed their happiness to the team.

Sense International Uganda is working to empower people with deafblindness and their families to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. Please give an urgent gift today to help people with deafblindness during the coronavirus crisis.

First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017