Accessible and sustainable livelihoods for people with disabilities in Uganda

  • Location: Adjumani and Moyo Districts in Uganda
  • Start date: November 2014
  • Partner: Cheshire Society Uganda
  • Funder: European Union

Adjumani and Moyo districts in Uganda been affected by wars for over 100 years. As well as acute poverty, they have a high prevalence of disability, partly as a result of landmines, explosive remnants of war and other war-related injuries. There is an enormous livelihoods gap for people with disabilities, many of whom face unemployment, disadvantage and poverty.

Through this project we are setting up Livelihoods Resource Centres in the two districts, through which young adults with disabilities will be provided with career guidance and counselling, basic life skills, professional training and support into employment. We are committed to making sure that women with disabilities, particularly those from rural areas, have the same training and livelihoods opportunities as men. We will be carrying out specific outreach activities to ensure they are supported through the project.

We are also working with training providers to open up formal training and apprenticeship opportunities for people with disabilities, and make their services more accessible. We are engaging with parents, communities and employers to help change attitudes towards disability and foster a more supportive environment. We are also facilitating access to grants and loans for people with disabilities by working with local microfinance institutions.

Project targets:

  • Provide life and social skills training for 1,600 people with disabilities
  • Support vocational skills development for 900 people with disabilities with master trainers and vocational training institutes