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Saddam’s Story

Monday, 20 July, 2020

Saddam making pavers

Saddam is 22 years old and was born totally deaf with low sight. His parents didn’t understand his condition and he was unable to go through the formal education system.

Saddam was one of several young people with deafblindness to be identified by Sense International Uganda to join a vocational training programme, where he acquired the skills to make pavers for pathways. He developed a great passion for making pavers and has since earned money towards supporting his family’s household.

However, since the outbreak of COVID19 and the subsequent lockdown, life has become hard for Saddam and his family. His savings have been used to buy food for his family and he does not have enough money to buy the materials needed to continue making pavers.

Saddam’s brother says: “Life is very hard. We have nothing to eat, we only have sugarcane that we keep chewing to calm the hunger. A neighbour gave us three cups of beans and some posho and it got finished. I used to work as a conductor on vehicles, but now with the lockdown I am not working. We are just waiting for government to give us some food.”

Sense International Uganda’s priority is to make sure we are there for people with deafblindness and help provide support through this difficult and confusing time. Please help us to continue supporting people with deafblindness in Uganda by giving an urgent gift today.

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