By Dominic Bihire.
Life was uncertain for Eduard Rwemera who suffered from vision impairment a couple of years ago, failing to accept social discrimination as people used to name him many names to mean that he is disabled apart from being vision impaired.
Fortunately, he got various practical trainings of agriculture and livestock as well as vocational trainings such as tailoring with the support of Rwanda Union of the Blinds (RUB).
“I got to learn tailoring machine from Rubavu art center, it was a momentum opportunity I gained from RUB, I was together with my colleagues in association of blinds, I am happy that they give me this machine after training they gave us, I will teach my colleagues to also adapt to using tailoring machine.
“I am happy as I could not think I can get this opportunity, I will share the benefits of this machine to my colleagues who do not have it,” Rwemera said.
He said that the development they have met has changed the mindset of neighbors who use to call them ‘Ruhuma’or blinds.
“They have seen that we also have ability to perform things and strive for development, they are no longer calling us blinds, we meet with them quite often in various activities,” he said.
“I thank RUB to give me various trainings and this particular donation of tailoring machine that will help me to create a job. I have acquired best agricultural practices though the training I have gained with RUB support.”
This man managed to build his own house and he married a beautiful wife whom they complement each other.
Rwemera is a president of Abizerana association of persons with vision impairment in Mbogo sector, Rulindo District.
He is grateful that he is now a leader after being voted by his colleague to represent them, saying that is an added value to the confidence he got after facing discrimination for a long time back.
“I also joined Masaka training center and later I managed to marry and I have a wife. We are living a peaceful life and we always look forward to a better future,” he noted.
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