The Erick Memorial Foundation for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Disabled (EMFERD) is a non-profit organization in Tanzania. Their staff members recently used Kupenda’s disability advocacy approaches to train and educate local pastors to better understand the true causes of disability and how to support people with disabilities in their communities. In Tanzania, village pastors often take on multiple roles, from social worker to spiritual healer, but, most importantly, they are seen as the community leaders. Empowering these pastors as disability advocates is the greatest way to destigmatize disability in these traditional villages. After EMFERD’s training, one of the trained pastors elected two people with disabilities to his church committee. Another decried his previous misunderstanding of disability and vowed to do more for the children in his community. Read more about our partnership with EMFRED and the outcomes of this workshop here.