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VISUALLY-IMPAIRED MAN SPEAKS ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC CHALLENGES

WEBSTER Java

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A VISUALLY-IMPAIRED man has urged people to observe Covid-19 lockdown measures to curb the spread of the disease.

Webster Java said it was not his will to be on the streets in the wake of the ravaging Covid19, but he was failing to put food on the table.

“I come to public places and beg for money for gas and food,” he said after being asked why he was on the streets.

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“Our landlords do not understand that we are grounded in as far as income is concerned.

“My keyboard is dysfunctional, can anyone help me with a keyboard?

 

“I was born like this, but I later developed a hearing impairment too when I was in South Africa.

 

“I no longer have any hearing aid that my socialisation today is a traumatising challenge,” he said.

 

He said visually-impaired persons were finding it hard to enrol their children at local schools.

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“Again our children deserve to go to school too like those from normal families; if we apply for BEAM programme, you just later hear that, mwana nhingi haana kuzoqualifier.

 

Sometimes they say pay first and you will be reimbursed later.

 

“I was born blind. I went to Copota School for the Blind from 1977 in Masvingo. In 1987, I was in Form 4 and passed with two ‘B’s and three ‘C’s, namely English, Economics, Commerce, Bible and Shona. “I have children, some who are grown up but, I am looking after six children and a grandchild with my wife Berita Maposa.

 

“Thank you in advance, for those willing to help me with hearing kits or anything, my WhatsApp number is +263717485141 and my calling number is +263776160210.”

HMETRO

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