The fraternity of people living with disabilites in Lae is calling for continued and meaningful skills training development.
Benedict Hipom, President of the Morobe Disable Agency, a registered entity within the Morobe province told the post courier that it was sad to see the government support towards the people with special needs is slowly coming to a stop.
“We want to be partners in the development of this country,” Mr Hipom said.
He said government support was still lacking even though the agency and its members were an established group of people.
“We are grateful for the charity that we have received but this has to stop because we as individuals need to be empowered,” an agency member said.
Mr Hipom said the agency has been receiving mindset training from the Lae based Fijianabure consultancy and training but said there are still more people in Lae city and the Morobe province as a whole who would be in dire need of skills training and development.
“We want to be trained people so that we are able to sustain ourselves because we do not want to be a burden to society,” Mr Hipom said.
President Hipom challenged the Lae community to work the people with special needs to help them achieve more for themselves in life.
A representative from the Women of Desitiny, a new and small all-women community based organization Shirley Napolioni told the post courier that it was important to give skills training to the people with special needs.
“We as members of a community should be able to help them (PLWDs) bridge the gap on immediate needs that can impart positive change in their lives so that,” Mrs Napolioni said.
She added that there was also a widening gap between the government, business houses, the community and most importantly, the people.