Thanks to the generous donations we received from our 30x30x30 Campaign last month and an initial grant from The British and Foreign Schools Society (BFSS); we’re delighted to announce we’ll begin working in Rwanda this year!
In May, we’ll launch a pilot project working alongside UWEZO, a local disabled youth organisation based in Kigali, Rwanda. UWEZO meaning ‘ability’ in Swahili was set up in 2014 by a group of disabled young people who are passionate about advocating for the rights of their peers. Through training, mentorship, networking opportunities and internships, UWEZO has been breaking down the barriers that disabled youth face in employment.
We’re excited to work alongside UWEZO and support their development into new areas. Together we’ll train disabled youth already active in UWEZO to act as mentors to younger disabled children and their families. Starting in Musanze, in the Northern Province of Rwanda, youth mentors will make weekly home visits to provide practical and emotional support, helping to raise the aspirations of disabled children and the expectations of their parents and teachers. Through this project, we aim to increase the number of disabled children enrolled in, attending and benefitting from primary school.
Due to the successes our existing projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, we’re confident in seeing ripple effects to improve the lives of disabled children and their families in Rwanda. This is why we’ll also support UWEZO to champion institutional and cultural change by strengthening their back end – fundraising and advocacy capacity. So that in the long term, the local community and policy makers can place inclusion at the heart of education, employment and everyday life.
We are sure you will join us in welcoming UWEZO to the AbleChildAfrica family.