ZOA is an international relief and recovery organization supporting vulnerable people affected by violent conflicts and natural disasters in fragile states, by helping them to realize dignified and resilient lives. ZOA operates in more than 15 countries.
ZOA is a valued role model within the Make 12.4% Work Initiative, because they have developed experience in including persons with disabilities in some of their livelihood activities since 2016. ZOA collaborates with Light for the World to include persons with disabilities in the Skills Entrepreneurship and Employment in Acholi project (SEE Acholi). As a part of this project they aim at including 300 mothers and youth with disabilities. By the end of 2017 they had already included 94 youth with disabilities, including youth who are deaf, and youth with a visual or physical impairment.
The youth with disabilities are included as trainees, as well as apprenticeship providers. As a part of the project 6 vocational training institutes are implementing plans to become more disability inclusive. Doing so they are guided by resource persons with a disability. ZOA also collaborates with Light for the World in a quality education project, a mainstream project that works with 34 community schools in Amudat and Nwoya to improve the quality of, and access to education. Also in this project ZOA ensure that children with disabilities are included.
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The four photo narratives are all about youth with disabilities who were all engaged in SEE Acholi project activities. Oscar Okello is one of them, he is 30 years old. He makes products like windows, doors, gates and wheelchairs. Oscar teaches 7 young school drop outs that are part of the SEE Acholi project implemented by ZOA. “I inspire them because I show them if I can do it, they can also do it.”