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World Disability Day

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  • Lizzie, Dennis and 25 MEP students are embarking on a sponsored bike ride
  • It begins Wednesday and will conclude Sunday with celebrations at a local park
  • The aim is to raise awareness of disabilities and to raise money for a new facility
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By Lizzie Cameron for CNN
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MUSOMA, Tanzania (CNN) -- Lizzie Cameron is in Musoma, Tanzania working with the Musoma Engineering Project.


"The students have been out and about in town all week collecting sponsorships and we've been really pleased with people's willingness to donate."

The Musoma Engineering Project is the only charity of its kind in the region and aims to provide teaching and support for local disabled children and teenagers.

With the project Lizzie will be helping the teachers teach skills like woodworking, leatherwork and dressmaking. Follow her experiences in her blogs and video diaries.

November 27, 2007
Tomorrow, Dennis, 25 of the students and me leave for Mwanza to start our three-day sponsored cycle and World Disability Day celebrations.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty manic trying to get things organized. It's the first time I've really been part of something like this, although a few years ago Dennis participated in a similar event, walking 260 kilometers (161 miles) with two blind boys to raise money for a new blind school in Musoma.

On Wednesday at 7am, Mwanza's District Commissioner flags us off for the first leg of the journey.

We've organized for a police car to follow in front of us for safety, and an announcer to project details about the race and its purpose.

The main reason for the cycle is to heighten awareness of disabilities, but also to raise money for our new disabled center. The students have been out and about in town all week collecting sponsorships and we've been really pleased with people's willingness to donate.

The day will also be a good opportunity to launch the new name of our facility: "Lake Victoria Disability Centre", so I was keen to have the Web site completed. Visit the new MEP site at

The final day of our cycle will be on Sunday, December 2 (World Disability Day), where we will be joined by a group of physically disabled with their tricycles to complete the race with us.

We'll finish the race at the grounds where we have planned the sporting events and celebrations.

There will be games, speeches, traditional Tanzanian dancers and stalls selling local craftwork. In the evening, one of Musoma's leading hotels, Hotel Matvilla, has agreed to put on a dinner and dance for 250 of the disabled youths.

This is the first time something like this has taken place in Musoma. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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