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In developing countries, 80% to 90% of persons with disabilities of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialised countries the figure is between 50% and 70% - UN Enable Fact Sheet on Disability and Employment, 2011
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Community driven Nosiphiwe Magadule

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Nosiphiwe's site visit with Lalitha Matshona

Helping people who need it the most

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SIte visit by Nosiphiwe Magadule (CBM South Africa)
When Nosiphiwe Magadule saw the Community Disability Worker (CDW) post advertised at the Jabulani Rural Health Foundation she knew that this was her calling. 

It is a requirement that CDWs have some personal experience of disability – either themselves or a family member and Nosiphiwe has supported and helped her husband, a stroke survivor, for many years. She has been a CDW for more than two years, and she still feels passionate about what she does and the positive changes she is able to help make a reality.

Nosiphiwe’s confidence and knowledge have grown as she learns more about helping and educating people. Her reward each day is knowing that she is encouraging and helping people with disabilities and their familes to have better care and quality of life. She acknowledges that there are even more challenges in rural areas for people with disabilities and feels proud to be the person bringing services closer to the people who need it most.

She is a mother figure and mentor to the younger members of the Rural Ability Programme (RAP) team, and has become the “go-to” person in her community. She even receives phone calls late at night to ask her advice on health-related matters.

One of Nosiphiwe’s favourite times is the monthly birthday celebrations. She explains that on each team members’ birthday, they host the whole group at their homes, spending the day together and sharing food, love and laughter. 

RAP has also given Nosiphiwe the opportunity to visit places she hasn’t been before; such attending an advocacy event in East London and an NGO forum in Mdumbi. 

She loves spending time with her husband and grandchildren. She is a music lover and is addicted to WhatsApp. She especially enjoys swimming in the sea, something she doesn’t often have time to do.


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