New livelihoods project launches in Uganda
4 November 2014
We are delighted to have been awarded a three-year grant by the European Union to support young disabled people in Uganda to earn a sustainable livelihood and overcome poverty.
Working in Adjumani and Moyo Districts in Northern Uganda, the project will provide young people with disabilities with career guidance and counselling, basic life skills, professional training and support into employment. We will also engage with employers, training providers, families and communities to transform attitudes towards disability and foster a more supportive environment.
We are very pleased to be able to build on the lessons learned from our previous African livelihoods project, also supported by the European Union. This project was located in the Southern part of Uganda as well as Tanzania and Sierra Leone, and recently drew to a close. Through the project we provided training and skills development opportunities to over 4,500 people with disabilities, many of whom are now in employment.
People like Mukiibi, (pictured) a farmer from a small village in Uganda. We supported Mukiibi to expand his piggery business through business skills development training, training in organic agriculture and enabling him to access a loan. His business is now flourishing and he says:
‘What I have always yearned for is coming to reality. I was stuck without capital and knowledge but I have them now thanks to this project. My capacity to care for my family and prospects of having my children go to school can be seen.’
We look forward to supporting many more people like Mukiibi through our new project in Uganda.