By Vimensi Larissa (Intern)
The CBC Health Services Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action (DIHA) Project in collaboration with the Santa Council have jointly facilitated the production of birth certificates to over 150 beneficiaries from some villages in Santa sub-division. The handing over took place at the Santa Council premises on Friday, August 26, 2022. The distribution exercise was preceded by the identification of 700 vulnerable persons who had no birth certificates in the various villages in Santa Sub Division.
In her speech, the representative of the Mayor of the Santa Council, Mme Fonjindam Jenette appreciated the DIHA Project and the CBC Health Services for partnering with the Santa Council to enable the most vulnerable persons in that municipality to own birth certificates. She encouraged the beneficiaries to take good care of the birth certificates and use them in ways that will benefit the society.
A representative from the DIHA project, Madam Ngwang Celine told the beneficiaries and their parents to make sure they use the birth certificates to enroll in schools this 2022/2023 academic year. She equally emphasized that the parents should not leave any child at home because he/she has a disability as all children with disabilities have the right to be educated. “If you have any child with disability at home do not hide them, inform our field Volunteers here in Santa so that they can guide you register them.’’ The DIHA representative said schools are about to resume, and the birth certificates will ease their enrollment in school. Tibiah Liliane, is a mother of four beneficiaries shared her joy. ‘‘I am so happy to have received these birth certificates at this time of school resumption because I will be able to send my children to school, especially my first daughter who could not go to class 6 because she did not have a birth certificate and could not register for the Government Common Entrance and First School Living Certificate examinations. Now I will do everything in my power to send her to school.
‘’ The occasion was crowned with a closing remark from the Secretary General of the Santa Council, Mr. Suilabayu William and a group picture of beneficiaries with their birth certificates.