TUNISIA: Disabled student in Jelma receives support to excel at school

11-year-old Nour’s family was struggling to support her disabilities due to financial hardship
through the COVID-19 pandemic.   
After a Kashf Media article by JHR-trained journalist Kawther Chebbi brought attention to Nour’s difficulties in attending school due to multiple physical disabilities, the Governor of Sidi Bouzid reached out to Chebbi to inquire about Nour’s case. He promised support to Nour’s parents, who were experiencing severe financial hardship due to COVID-19 layoffs and were unable to provide the support needed by their daughter. Watch KashfMedia’s interview of her family here.
 
A few days later, Nour’s family was visited by the mayor of Jelma and an official from the Ministry of Social Affairs, who pledged to provide the family with a free medical insurance card and a grant for financially stressed families. They also provided a herd of cattle to the father, so that he may begin stock-raising work.
 
In a follow-up interview with Kashf Media, Masoud Charfi, a representative of the city government,  confirmed that the family is being given these resources and thanked JHR partner KashfMedia for being the first to bring attention to Nour’s plight.
 
Since July 2020, JHR has been working in Tunisia with the support of Global Affairs Canada to implement the Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 (MMFC) project. In Tunisia alone, JHR’s work to improve people’s access to credible information about their human rights through journalist training and mentorship has touched a readership of more than 21 million people.

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