Lahai Bockarie is 15 years old. When we first met him on the street, his only mobility aid was a long stick (above) which supported his weight when he walked.
He has a suspected ataxic cerebral palsy with dysarthria, which affects his balance and coordination, resulting in jerky and clumsy movements. He also has difficulty speaking.
Lahai is a highly intelligent teenager. He lives with his parents and siblings, and he attends the local school in Segbwema. Though unable to hold a pen, Lahai takes oral exams at school, and he is very good with numbers. However, because of severe bullying and discrimination, Lahai dropped out of school. We worked with him and his parents to set up a small retail business for him.