9. Paulina

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I have a very special ability. I’m a farmer. I farm to support my children. I weed and cultivate the crops. I walk from here to the farm. I go with this chair, and I sit on it and start weeding. I weed and plants crops. I do the whole compound. In the course of it, I accidentally fall down, but I get up and continue.


I was a very active girl, helping my parents in the house, and all of a sudden, I contracted chicken pox. In the course of it, I was taken to the hospital and injected. Out of the injection, I developed this disability. I became paralyzed and was crawling.

Then there was no disability equipment to help me walk. A certain man came to the village from nowhere, and he came to see me, and he tried to help me walk. He brought two sticks and tried to help me use sticks to walk.

I grew through my teenage years, using these sticks for walking. I used the sticks for a long time, and then suddenly, miraculously I left the sticks and could walk by myself.

I met my husband in this community. I was very beautiful, so I got attracted to a gentleman, and he came home and proposed to me. We were dating secretly, and I got pregnant.

When I got pregnant, my parents wanted to know what man was responsible for the pregnancy. When the parents found out, the man came, and because the man was ashamed of my disability, he did not accept the pregnancy. But when I gave birth, the child was so beautiful that the man showed up and accepted the child, and he decided to take care of the child even though he didn’t marry me.

After that, I met another man. He proposed and did the knocking ceremony, and we started dating, and I got pregnant with my second child. We had two children. Even though we are not married, we are still dating secretly. He came around yesterday.

The man is not really supportive of me because he doesn’t have any proper work, but he pays visits to me because we are still dating. He supports me little by little.

How did you take care of your children?

I have a very special ability. I’m a farmer. I farm to support my children. I weed and cultivate the crops. I walk from here to the farm. I go with this chair, and I sit on it and start weeding. I weed and plants crops. I do the whole compound. In the course of it, I accidentally fall down, but I get up and continue.

What is your happiest memory?

The day I met my second husband and the day I had my first child were my happiest memories.

What is the biggest difficulty you’re facing?

When I’m farming, the way I weed and plant my crops and visiting the farm every morning that is my difficulty. I have to walk there.

What are your dreams for the rest of your life?

I need financial support to expand my farm and also I need education for my children.

Do people in your community embrace you?

Yes.

Do they embrace all people with disabilities?

Some suffer discrimination.

Why are you able to avoid that discrimination?

Families differ from one to another.  My family loves me. Other families, their behavior is different. That is the reason some suffer discrimination.


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