In 2011, 116 refugees with Disabilities were elected to very senior leadership positions in the camps. This was the moment that took us by surprise. The roles that Paul Mugambi and his team have played in Dadaab include:-
• First Blind Humanitarian working with Handicap International in Dadaab.
• Introducing theatre concept and formation of the Mainstreaming awareness group from 2010.
• Spearheading the Dadaab Disabled Persons Organizations.
• Representing Handicap International in different forums.
• Advocating for cross impairment in accessibility of different services.
Sports and recreation:
Through his experience in sports he has spearheaded development of inclusive and adaptive sports at the Dadaab refugee camps. Before the insecurity engulfed the camps, refugees with disabilities participated in different disciplines [Goal ball, sitting volley ball] right now is minimal.
He has a musical talent, and he has released songs specifically on peace to Somalia titled “Stop the war in Somalia”. He has also recorded a song titled “Never Give Up” which encourages persons with disabilities to work hard and fight for their rights. You can watch the video to this song by following this link.
Enrolment in School:
Paul has immensely contributed in education through his advocacy in child protection, education forums and motivating children with disabilities to attend and be retained in school. Most of the child friendly spaces have enhanced the physical access.
Training of Agencies and Community Structures
Paul has immensely contributed towards training, preparing training material for different target groups. This has enhanced the reduction of barriers of services which were in existence.
Paul has served in different thematic areas at the Dadaab and national level where several major decisions are made. He has contributed to the review of several standard operating procedures including the Child protection, SGBV procedures, Best Interest Determination, Education Strategy Refugee Policy, the Constitutional Review Process, Disability Bill, Social Protection Policy, Youth Policy and Bill, and many more.
He has used the United Nations Convention for persons with disabilities as a tool for advocacy and support implementation.
He was a key informant in the development of the Guidance note on the forced displacement of persons with disabilities by UNHCR and handicap international of 2011.
He has also contributed to the first Kenyan state shadow report on the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRPD 2012. This ensures mobility aids are issued as per who guidelines. Paul has been vocal and supporting development of tools on issuance of mobility aids. He has stood firm to advocate for proper issuance by respecting the rights of persons with disabilities which at most times is ignored.