Accomplish Children’s Trust (ACT) is a small charity with a huge aim: to reach Africa’s children with disabilities. Founded in 2008, with God at its centre and prayer as its foundation, ACT has grown beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. God is an amazing God, so we should not be surprised, but we always are. In this short time, ACT has reached hundreds of children and their families, usually in remote rural regions where no other help is available. ACT now has projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Uganda. Its founder, Rebecca Cornish, was awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Years’ Honours list in recognition of this work.
Thank God for people like Rev and Mrs Maali Wilson who view these children differently. They view them as special in God’s eyes. Their own son, Kihembo, has cerebral palsy, so they understand the challenges of bringing up a child with disabilities in a hostile environment, with no support. In 2005, they formed the Rwenzori Association of Parents of Children with Disabilities (RAPCD), with a small handful of like-minded parents and guardians to provide mutual support.
In 2010, supported by ACT, the RAPCD primary school for deaf or blind children was opened in Kasese, western Uganda. It began with 15 pupils, one of whom was Jeremiah, who is blind, and the school consisted of one primitive building.
From this humble beginning the school grew and it now has a complex of buildings for nearly 200 pupils, most of whom are deaf or blind. Some of the students have a severe physical disability which prevents them from accessing education in a village school. There is now a water supply and sporadic electricity. This school is also a beacon for children with disabilities and their families in the whole Rwenzori region.
Teams who work as part of the school outreach regularly go to visit 350 families in remote villages bringing support, advice and practical help, which includes gifts of soap. Income generation projects are organised from the school base and various health clinics are held at the school. ACT is the main source of funding for this unique and far reaching project.