Drawing smiles at a social rehabilitation centre in Mozambique
© UNICEF/UN0158317/Jean/Handicap International
Filomena was born with spastic quadriplegia and epilepsy which progressively worsened as she got older. Eventually, Filomena was unable to eat solid food because her jaws clenched, and the use of her arms and legs was impaired.
Filomena is now nine years old and enjoys drawing with her colourful pencils alongside her mum at the psychosocial rehabilitation centre, which offers day care for children with disabilities. Despite being over an hour and a half away from their home, Filomena’s mother takes her daughter to the centre four times a week where she attends physiotherapy classes to help her relax her muscles. As a result, Filomena is now able to eat solid food again.
UNICEF supports projects like these that are designed to empower people with disabilities by working directly with them and their families, providing access to inclusive education.