Working with disabled people and their organizations in low-income countries
India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Burundi, Mozambique
Listening to partners’ needs and strengthening their capacity is central to our work. Our partners are passionate and courageous in taking up the challenges in disability and development, tackling the major issues that matter to disabled children, men and women – poverty, exclusion from civil society, health, education and livelihoods – their very human rights.
We also work with groups whose disabilities may be overlooked and invisible, people who are deaf, hard of hearing and mentally ill. We include in our remit those who are most marginalized in society, people who live below the poverty line, and tribal and displaced people.
We are confident that every partner and project we support changes the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families, and equalizes opportunities for the most vulnerable in society.
- Strengthening partner organizations
- Disabled people’s rights
- Disabled children and girls’ education
- Disabled people’s livelihoods
- Deaf children’s right to education
Luisa belongs to a group selling telephone credits in Nhamatanda, Mozambique, established through our partner AJODEMO’s Disability Rights and Enterprise Training programme. Luisa has been disabled since a childhood accident, but never received any kind of assistive device, so she has always made do with a sturdy stick carved from a branch. Luisa, along with […]
(2019) Yeamlak is 8 years old and deaf. Bisrat, her father, travels 20km to school with her by bus every day and stays until school is over. The school operates a shift system to cater for over 4,000 children and is the first school in Adama to have special needs education and teachers, supplemented by […]
Matrika, himself a mental health patient, was not diagnosed until the age of 25, and it took another four years fully recover. He then chose to talk about his own experiences to de-stigmatise attitudes towards mental health in Nepal, and very quickly became a respected advocate speaking on national TV channels across Nepal. Matrika founded […]
Melaku was one of 8 deaf teaching assistants involved in our project on Improving education for deaf and hard of hearing children with DDIA in Ethiopia. When he started working at Adama School, there were no special educational needs (SEN) teachers or resources. Melaku worked with the school director Teshane to refurbish the disused library […]