Disability is both a key driver and a consequence of poverty. Over a billion people, about 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability (WHO 2014).
Many of these people face extreme hardships, isolation, and limited or no access to health care services and education.
We work with project partners to advocate for inclusion and equal rights. Our projects support people living with disabilities to be independent, access service and employment opportunities, and ensure they can participate in inclusive sports and cultural events.
We gather data on the issues that disabled people face to influence policy-makers, and we collaborate with regional disability networks to empower groups at a grassroots level.
With a focus on eye health and the prevention of blindness, the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) has developed the national plan to look at highlighting the nature of blindness in Bolivia; a country where it is calculated that 8 in 10 of all blindness is avoidable. The aim of RAAB is to reduce avoidable blindness by 50% by 2020.
Creating friendships, employment and leadership development opportunities for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), Best Buddies, founded 1989, utilises volunteers across 8 programmes to support people living with IDD to secure rewarding employment, live independently and become inspirational leaders in their own right.
Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB)
Led, staffed and managed by people living with disabilities, Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) lives and breathes its philosophy and mission that ‘people with disabilities should be able to play a full and active role in their own socio-economic development’. Operating since 2002, HSB has worked with over 600 town councils and provided education to over 3000 people across Burkina Faso in disability rights, literacy and handicrafts. They continue to support and promote people living with disabilities through advocacy and outreach so that they can lead an independent life.
HSB also delivers inclusive sport programmes which focusses on providing young people living with disabilities an active lifestyle, whilst also increasing awareness, inclusion and confidence. Sport changes perceptions of people by allowing their capabilities to overshadow their disabilities. It can change how disabled people feel about themselves in a profound way.
Providing economic and social support to its members since 2005, Tigoung Nonma is a cooperative of physically disabled artisans who have given many people the opportunity to market their craft work, receive training and generate an income. The Tigoung Nonma committee are active in the community and continue to actively encourage engagement amongst members and volunteers.
Literally translating as ‘Hope’ in Dioula and French respectively, Djigui Espoir is an association of women with disabilities. Established in 1995, Djigui Espoir’s focus is to raise awareness and reduce the extreme poverty too often experienced by women, particularly those living with a disability. By providing employment, training and empowerment they seek to secure financial independence for both woman and women living with a disability.
Arche, French for Ark, creates communities in which those living with disabilities and their carers live, work, eat and pray together, creating unity and an impression of family life for all involved. Arche’s ethos is that ‘every human being disabled or not, has a unique and mystical value’ and this golden thread runs through all they do; creating a place that those often marginalised and discriminated against can live with dignity and as valued members of a community.
The Life project, run by the Presbyterian Community Based Rehabilitation (CRB) in Sandema, aims to create opportunities for people living with a disability to participate and fully engage with the community. CRB advocates for greater inclusion and the rights of children with disabilities in order for greater participation in education, improved access to public buildings and greater integration into the community.
The Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities (RC)
With a mission of ensuring that people living with disabilities live in dignity and with equal access to rights and opportunities as full member of society, RC work to educate, empower and advocate to ensure people living with disabilities enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms as active and equal members of society. RC works to improve access to education, health and economic opportunities for people living with disabilities in northern Ghana.
Siraj al-Quds Model School and Society
By enhancing the social, educational, rehabilitative and professional opportunities for young people living with disabilities, as well as empowering their families, Siraj al-Quds offers a wide range of activities, awareness programmes and workshops to promote and support young people. Siraj al-Quds also provides a formal, inclusive education in an adaptive classroom environment which brings young people together to build a sense of awareness, equality and understanding.
We support Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB), an organisation staffed and managed by people with disabilities, which promotes and protects the rights of people with disabilities.