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BRAC Philippines provides assistance to differently able learner in Maguindanao

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17 March 2013, COTABATO CITY. True to its mission of empowering people to realise their potential, BRAC Philippines, through their local partner, Kapagawida Development Services Association, Inc. (KDSAI), provided a wheelchair to a Grade 1 learner in Buluan town who suffers from a congenital mobility impairment.

Seven-year old Alibay M. Katua from Barangay Upper Silling, Buluan, province of Maguindanao, was born with no legs. But the impairment has not hindered her determination to attend school every day.

Her parents, Akmad and Kapisa, are grateful that their daughter has been able to receive education through the BRAC Learning Centre free of cost.

“Providing our daughter with a wheelchair has made a huge difference in  her life. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude,” said an overjoyed  Kapisa Katua.

Alibay M. Katua, a mobility-impaired Grade 1 Learner in Brgy. Upper Silling, Buluan, Maguindanao enjoys her new wheelchair from BRAC Philippines.

Rehana Angeles, Alibay’s learning facilitator said, “This act of kindness has given a sense of hope, not only to Alibay’s family, but to all parents who have children with physical needs. BRAC is truly committed to creating an environment free from all forms of discrimination.”

The wheelchair presentation ceremony was attended by Department of Education-Maguindao Division 1 Coordinator for BRAC, Sammy M. Modales; BRAC Philippines Provincial Manager for Maguindanao, Md. Abdullah-Al-Mahtab Khan; Barangay Upper Silling Chairman, Jayson M. Lantong and KDSAI Executive Director Nomairie Mustapha.

The establishment of Upper Silling BRAC Learning Center is part of the Alternative Delivery Model Project under the Basic Education Assistance in Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) programme funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

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