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
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Cantol Pondja is President and Coordinator of AJODEMO, the national Mozambique disabled youth association. Cantol gets around using callipers and crutches, having contracted polio in childhood. He is an inspiring role-model and an untiring advocate for disabled people in Mozambique. The video profile below is from the YouTube channel of Abilis Foundation in Finland.https://youtu.be/zx6PUVUrDDc
Gunaraj Khatiwada and Govinda Khanal both had polio in childhood, which affected their physical mobility. There were no rehabilitation centres nearby, or hospitals to provide timely operations and callipers. Govinda used to crawl to school, once he was too big for his mother to carry. And he recalls the heart-stopping moments for his mother when […]
Melaku is 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 […]