Our History

AbleChildAfrica was initially founded in 1984 as the Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC) to support children injured by the Ugandan Civil War in the 1970’s and 80’s.  In 2007, USDC in the UK became AbleChildAfrica and began supporting work with disabled children in other countries and with additional partners.  AbleChildAfrica currently has 5 partners across Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, with USDC remaining our oldest partnership.

  • 2014

    We celebrate our 30th birthday and reaffirm our commitment to reach more disabled children and their families in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • 2013

    We publish our Strategic Plan 2013-2016, accompanied by our first Theory of Change, a visual representation of the change we want to see in the world.

  • 2012

    In recognition of our work getting young disabled people involved in sport, AbleChildAfrica, alongside our partner ANDY, is selected to carry the Paralympic torch during the London 2012 games.

  • 2011

    Jane Anthony is appointed Executive Director. We launch our Friends of AbleChildAfrica progamme at our our first annual Gala Dinner in the UK with a growing team.

  • 2008

    We begin working in Tanzania and Zambia, forming new partnerships and expanding our work.

  • 2007

    USDC UK became AbleChildAfrica, with a goal to reach additional disabled children in more African countries and started working with partners in Kenya.

  • 2006

    We hold a 20th Anniversary dinner in the UK, whilst USDC Uganda organised a concert by the South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela. The UN General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities this same year.

  • 2004

    Mary Ann Mhina is hired as USDC’s UK Representative, later becoming the first Director of AbleChildAfrica. We move into our offices in Southbank House, London.

  • 2000

    USDC was registered as a local and independent NGO in Uganda, all assets and operating control was passed on in line with our value of African led development. We continued to share a very close working relationship and together start Parent Support Groups, so parents of disabled children can meet and support one another, advocate for children’s rights, and help reduce stigma. Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya join to form the East African Community and pledge cooperation.

  • 1992

    The UN establishes December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

  • 1990

    The Convention on the Rights of the Child came into force 2 September 1990.

  • 1984

    AbleChildAfrica is founded by Sir David Scott, a former British High Commissioner in Uganda and by Leana Arain, the first female magistrate in Uganda, as the Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC). Our aim was to assist children injured in the Ugandan Civil War in the 1970s and 80s.

  • 1948

    The United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.