Anne Walufa Strike MBE, Paralympian and Activist.
"I am proud to be an Ambassador for ADD International as I have seen first hand why this work is so vital. Growing up in Africa, stigma is rife. When I contracted polio, the people in my village could not understand it and they actually wanted to burn our house down and asked my dad to give me up to die. They were so afraid that my disability would be contagious to them. That's why ADD's work to support local disability activists to fight stigma and empower disabled people is so crucial. Changing attitudes on the ground is so important to give disabled people dignity, rights and opportunity."
David Proud, Actor & Activist.
"I am a UK based actor and writer. I was born with Spina Bifida and use a really cool manual wheelchair which gets me everywhere I need to be, unless it's snowing! I'm passionate about Human Rights and specifically the rights of disabled people around the world. It shouldn't matter what country you call home, if you have a disability you should be able to enjoy the same rights as everyone else. I think ADD International's work is vital and I love the idea of assisting the infrastructure of a country to be able to grow by itself."
Sam Renke, Actor and Activist.
"What strikes me most about the work of ADD International is that it gives people autonomy. It gives them the tools to make change happen. Western society has a way of being over-bearing and insisting that our way is the right way and our western values are the only values. ADD trains activists to continue work the way they want to for the good of their own community and country."
Soneni Gwizi, Broadcaster & Activist.
"ADD International's work is very important because it empowers activists with disabilities to influence different sectors of society to include people with disabilities in their agendas. It does not speak on behalf of disabled activists but allows them to create their own narratives when handling different issues. This is important because cultures are different and this gives the activists dignity."
Trishna Bharadia, Activist.
"The key thing I love about ADD’s work is that it’s about long-term change. It’s not about quick fixes or sticking plasters, it’s about bottom-up change that will be long-lasting and will help to create more inclusive and equitable societies and systems in the countries in which ADD works. I truly believe in the concept of helping people to help themselves and this is a concept that is a foundation for ADD’s work. It’s about encouraging change from within."
Let's build movements together.
Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.