As the initiative continues to grow, more organisations and companies have chosen to become a member by signing for commitment with Make 12.4% Work. This also means they choose to have a disability inclusion assessment and create an action plan to become more inclusive, which can come in various forms depending on the member.
The Youth Initiatives for Youth Action Foundation (YIYA) is an independent youth-led and youth-serving organisation that is based in Kampala but holds a mandate to serve across the country.
In partnership with Kampabits they train young people, especially young girls, on social enterprising and ICT to teach them software development, graphic and animation skills. In addition, the use games, sports and drama to teach employable skills for all young people. Furthermore YIYA is actively involved in community outreach projects and civic engagement and participation, raising awareness about rights for the youth.
The partnership with Kampabits brought YIYA to the Make 12.4% Work Initiative and they became a member in order to learn more about how to involve the youth and encourage communities, employers and the private sector to bring people with disabilities on board. They are preparing for a Disability Inclusion training to improve their knowledge and work in this area and they are committed to include more young persons with different types of impairments in their activities.
The YIYA Foundation acts as a host for the Uganda National Consortium, which was launched by the African Youth Commission (AYC). The AYC is an independent Pan-African Youth network founded by youth leaders to provide a space and voice for the youth and youth organisations in Africa, to foster synergy amongst them. The National Consortium will serve as an umbrella body to coordinate activities of the AYC member organisations at both the National level as well as promoting and supporting other youth initiatives within the country.
YIYAs central mission is to encourage young people in self-development and create economic initiatives for the community for the betterment of young people’s livelihoods. YIYA adopts an holistic approach in their work. Their main objectives involve amplifying youth voices on issues which affect them as a large vulnerable social grouping in Uganda, encouraging the development of youth-friendly social, economic and physical health policies, and enforcing better health expression. YIYA works towards meaningful participatory engagement of young people in their development processes, advocating and mobilising for greater action. Young people are encouraged to proactively and responsibly get involved at the forefront of national and regional democratic processes.
In order to achieve this, YIYA has several ongoing activities.
Outbox is a technology-based innovation hub in Kampala. They assist new and upcoming African technology entrepreneurs with workspace, business incubation and technical training programs. As they simply put it, ‘we’re a launchpad for new ideas’.
Outbox is interested in a Diversity & Inclusion initiative within their organisation, so Outbox and Make 12.4% Work are exploring the opportunities for a joint initiative looking around accessible technology. The focus of initiative would be to create universally accessible app experiences.
Outbox has a central mission of supporting African entrepreneurs by providing entrepreneurship, innovation and technology infrastructure through the growth of inclusive communities that foster talent and create value. They work on building inclusive communities for a wide target group (students, developers, researchers, organisations) that entrepreneurs can use for collaboration. Through several partnerships Outbox can help them raise money for their start-ups and access markets, and profits are re-injected in order to increase impact. Outbox embraces central values of sustainability, collaboration, openness and transparency, solving real problems, commitment and personal excellence. They provide several different services, including an academy where individuals can be trained in software development, civic technology and data initiatives, communities where knowledge can be shared, incubation to support entrepreneurs with resources and infrastructure, initiatives, and labs.
Read more about Outbox and their initiatives at: https://outbox.co.ug
GOAL Uganda is humanitarian organisation that emphasises building community resilience and socio-economic development. Their focus lies in improving the lives of disadvantaged communities as demonstrated by their first activities in 1979, in response to the famine in Northern Uganda.
GOAL was one of the first members of the Make 12.4% Work Initiative and are committed to becoming more disability inclusive as an organization as well as within their programs. Disability inclusion assessments have already been conducted and Make 12.4% Work continues to follow up by supporting their actions.
Currently, GOAL uses a systems approach in the implementation of programmes in the water, sanitation & hygiene, agricultural livelihoods, and health systems strengthening sectors. The organisation’s mission statement revolves around ensuring that the most vulnerable individuals and communities have access to fundamental rights, from basic needs to economic opportunities. They envision a world where every individual has equal rights and access to resources and opportunities. GOAL currently operates in 21 districts in Uganda, with field offices in 5: Abim, Agogo, Bugiri, Kaabong and Lira. Their work in these communities has resulted in sustainable and meaningful outcomes.
Read more at: https://www.goalglobal.org/countries/uganda
The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO) is the apex body recognised by the public and government of Uganda to coordinate all value chain actors in the apiculture industry. TUNADO is a membership body that unites producers (beekeepers), processors, packers, service providers (trainers, researches, marketers, equipment manufacturers etc), development partners, government and all other stakeholders towards apiculture development in Uganda.
TUNADO approached Make 12.4% Work when undertaking an inception study, in order to ensure their data collection tools were disability inclusive. The 12.4% Initiative assisted them in measuring the level of impairment. TUNADO has signed a proof of commitment and are planning disability awareness trainings for their staff.
TUNADO was formed after realising that the apiculture sector was disorganised and yet held the potential to contribute significantly to rural household income, poverty reduction and national economic development as well as environmental conservation. TUNADO is incorporated with registrar of companies as a company limited by guarantee, Certificate No. 62239. TUNADO represents 1,200,000 beekeepers organised in 310 diverse memberships (associations, companies, cooperatives and groups) and TUNADO membership continues to grow. Their vision is “A vibrant membership based apex body coordinating apiculture industry in Uganda for sustainable national development”. TUNADO’s central mission is “to provide a national platform for apiculture sector growth through capacity building, lobbying and advocacy, market development, product diversification and information sharing”. The core values of the organisation are accountability, innovativeness, inclusivity, voluntarism, and membership-centred.
To achieve this, they work towards multiple objectives, such as raising awareness about the value and significance of apiculture for the national economy, promoting Ugandan honey both on a regional and international scale, aiding the standardisation of Ugandan honey in order to meet international standards, and establishing an information centre to assist the industry’s research and development. TUNADO has a diverse 310 members that continues to grow, representing at least 1,200,000 beekeepers.
Read more about TUNADO at:http://www.tunadobees.org/
Solar Now is a for profit social company with Dutch origins, based in Uganda. Solar Now sells and finances solar home systems in order to transform lives by providing high quality solar energy and financing solutions across East Africa. They provide four areas of Solar Solutions, in households, small businesses, farming and corporate solution.Their aim is to provide quality, sustainable energy solutions at affordable prices through client focused, committed professionals. Their mission comprises three main objectives; transform the lives of East Africans, address the huge market need for energy in East Africa with quality solutions and make quality solar accessible through affordable finance.
Together with the Make 12.4% Work Initiative, they have provided three internship positions for young persons with disabilities in 2019. In addition, Make 12.4% Work has already conducted a disability awareness training for their staff and are looking forward to further steps around inclusive employment.
In order to achieve their mission, Solar Now aims to be their clients’ partner for life. This means ensuring continuous upgrades to every clients’ system over time to include the latest SolarNow solutions for homes, farms, schools, health centres or businesses. They provide a wide and expanding choice of high quality solutions to match the clients’ wants and needs. In addition, they are committed to addressing the huge unmet market need for energy in East Africa. They focus on quality about trust and relationships as well as products. Lastly, SolarNow believes access to finance is the key to spreading solar, therefore they are committed to offering affordable and flexible credit with every solar solution. Currently there are 47 SolarNow branches across Uganda and they aim to expand their presence in East Africa.
Read more about SolarNow here: https://www.solarnow.eu
War Child is an independent and impartial, international non-governmental organisation that invests in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. Their mission is to protect children from violence by using creative and involving workshops that unleash a child’s inner strength. War Child Uganda enables children to build their resilience, free from trauma and violence. The projects in Uganda are designed to support and protect children and young people by improving their psychosocial wellbeing. Together with education activities, children are enabled to develop coping skills, build resilience and recover from the consequences of conflict.
With collaboration with Make 12.4% Work, War Child will place two internship positions for young persons with disabilities in 2019. In addition, Make 12.4% Work will organise a disability awareness training for the staff this January. Other plans for partnership around inclusion are on the way, strengthening cooperation with Make 12.4% Work.
War Child adopts three mutually supportive intervention strategies to realise positive change in the lives of children and young people; direct support in activities and projects with children and young people, building capacity of parents, communities, organisations and institutions, advocacy campaigns targeting national and international decision makers to ensure that laws, policies and practices support safe and healthy development of children. Their four main projects in Uganda are focused around an initiative to enhance resilience through psychosocial support and mental health services, a global programme providing quality education for all children through educational games on tablets, agribusiness skills for refugee youth, and a major consortium-led project that meets the needs of out-of-school children through accelerated education programming and psychosocial support activities. Currently, there are 6,681 child participants and 2,390 adult participants in Uganda.
Read more at: https://www.warchildholland.org
Voluntary Action for Development (VAD)
Voluntary Action for Development (VAD) is an Ugandan NGO recognised as a non profit making organization. The organization works in several districts with the rural poor and disadvantaged communities in order to improve livelihoods.
VAD received a training in disability awareness from Make 12.4% Work. As a follow up, they will receive guidance from Make 12.4% Work on how to become more disability inclusive as an organization. As the executive director Benedict Male put it, ‘Light for the World gave us a very good awareness on how to work with people with disabilities. We will ensure that we now start disability inclusion in our programs and within the organisation as we now have more knowledge on disability.’
Their activities are based around implementing development oriented projects such as water, hygiene and sanitation improvement, sustainable agriculture, MHM training and support with provision of pads, family economic empowerment and rural micro-credit schemes. VAD is known for providing Ugandan communities with safe and clean water facilities by constructing wells, protected springs and rainwater harvesting tanks. Furthermore, they offer sanitation and hygiene facilities to several vulnerable groups, including school children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those with HIV/AIDS. Their partnerships consist of project funding and doing business with the poor. They provide practice demonstration trainings for schools and communities and support income-generating activities for women and the youth. In addition, VAD is an active participant of several other networks; the Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI), Volunteer efforts for Development concern (VEDCO), and Maganjo Farmers Association (MAFA). In 2013, VAD was the proud winner of the Stars Foundation Impact Award, being recognised as an outstanding locally-led organisation that improves the lives of children and young people.
Endiro Coffee is a company that aims to end child vulnerability globally through coffee and its farmers, related products, profits, services, spaces and stories. Since its establishment in 2011, Endiro has worked with coffee farmers in Budduda and Bukalasi to provide a stable and reliable market for their produce that is sold in Endiro’s coffee shops and other retailers. Endiro also provides employment opportunities to vulnerable youth that grew up in impoverished conditions; breaking the cycle of poverty in their families and communities.
Endiro has partnered with Nasser Ssenyondo, one of the winners of the Disability Inclusion Challenge to set up a sign language café – an Endiro coffee branch run by youth with hearing impairments. Endiro also signed up to the Make 12.4% Work Initiative for more support on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the enterprise’s entire value chain. More engagements with the Make 12.4/5 Work Initiative are expected in 2020.
Mango Tree Educational Enterprises is a private company in Uganda that develops innovative, interactive education materials and low-literacy communication tools for grassroots education. Their central mission is to provide African educators with the best tools and methods, as well as to serve as a socially responsible business model for Uganda. This embodies their vision of being a company that empowers Africa with the best educational tools possible.
Mango Tree has been with Make 12.4% Work from the beginning and actually facilitated the co-creation of the Initiative involving creative designers and young persons with disabilities. During the design process, Make 12.4% Work was thought out and some practical elements were already delivered, like the Make 12.4% Work logo. Mango Tree also designed the first promotion materials. Mango Tree continues to be with us, and think along on how to continuously refine and develop Make 12.4% Work. We are looking forward to next steps of partnering with Mango Tree.
Mango Tree uses a unique methodology since 2000, known as the Mango Tree Cycle, which uses four main principles. It focuses on understanding the needs of clients and users, applying global perspectives to local solutions, providing relevant and accessible information, and engaging in interactive teaching and learning. In order to achieve this, they use a targeted design approach and perform co-creation workshops to create an effective product that satisfies the client. They work on projects with impact, addressing social needs with their services. Mango Tree offers co-creation, tailored strategic design, storytelling, and education.
Read more about Mango Tree: http://mangotreeuganda.org
The youth based organization Kampabits is based in the Design Hub, in Kampala. Their main focus is enhancing youth employment through ICT, particularly by reaching out to the less privileged youth in order to improve their lives with the use of ICT multimedia. The partnership between Kampabits and Make 12.4% Work involves mainstream ICT training for young persons with disabilities. The Make 12.4% Work Initiative identifies persons with disabilities and refers them to Kampabits for a traineeship. Currently, there are 9 deaf trainees and 2 physically impaired that are following a six-month training to improve their skills and development in IT.
Amongst their activities, Kampabits sets up trainings on web development and free programming sessions as well as providing trainings in life skills and sexual reproductive health rights. The central vision Kampabits uphold is helping the youth provide a positive contribution to societal development. They especially want the youth from informal settlements to have stronger prospects of formal employment.
In order to aid the vulnerable youth, Kampabits want to improve access to productive employment and the ability to cope with the social environment using creativity and innovation.
Their main objectives include increased prospects of self-employment for youth from informal settlements, improved capacity of dealing with social factors that affect their lives, and assuring relevance, effectiveness, replication and innovation within the organisation.
Several Kampabits alumni demonstrate the success of the organization and the extent to which they have benefited from trainings by gaining employment and empowerment.
Read more about what Kampabits does and how they achieve their goals on their website:
Human Rights Centre Uganda
The Human Rights Centre Uganda is a non-governmental organisation that focuses on contributing to an enabling environment for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights, in particular the rights of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Uganda. Their vision embraces “a society in which every individual enjoys his/her universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Their core values are integrity, professionalism, and respect for all individuals.
In collaboration with Make 12.4% Work, they want to increase disability inclusion within the organisation. The partnership is in its exploration phase in order to investigate the best ways in which to increase disability awareness of the Human Rights Defenders.
The Human Rights Centre Uganda has the overall goal to strengthen and support the work of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda. In order to achieve this, they work with 4 main objectives: increase government support for HRDs and HRD work in Uganda, strengthen the capacity of HRD organisations in Uganda at regional and national level, promote public awareness and support for HRDs and their work in Uganda, and strengthen the Centre’s organisational capacity. The HRCU has been implementing several activities through four major focus areas; capacity building for HRDs to understand their rights, responsibilities and mechanisms available for their protection, research, documentation and reporting on the environment in which HRDs operate, advocacy for an enabling environment for the work of HRDs in Uganda, and legal aid and referrals for HRDs and persons who seek remedies for violations and abuses of their rights.
HRCU has been able to reach over 1,264 HRDs in civil society, government institutions, the private sector and HRDs working in their individual capacity, empowering them with knowledge on how to promote and strive for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Read more at: https://www.hrcug.org
Johanniter International Assistance
Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. is a German non-governmental organisation, founded in 1952 and dedicated to expertise in the field of first aid, ambulance services, social service programmes and other projects in the medical and social field in Germany.
The organisation is currently preparing for a project in the Kyangwali refugee settlement to support people with disabilities through income generating activities and livelihood assistance. Johanniter reached out to Make 12.4% Work for advice and assistance on disability inclusion for the project.
Johanniter International Assistance is part of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. and implements development cooperation and humanitarian assistance programmes worldwide, with the focus on health, nutrition, WASH and livelihoods. In Uganda, Johanniter focus on providing assistance to refugees and hosting communities.
To read more about their organisation and international projects, visit their website: https://www.johanniter.de/die-johanniter/johanniter-unfall-hilfe/start/
Sawa World is a non-governmental organisation that uses an innovative approach to instantly transform the lives of unemployed and marginalized youth by providing the skills to start micro-businesses in one day, using locally-created and simple solutions to self-employment. Their goal is to impact 1 billion youth by 2030.
Together with Make 12.4% Work, they will explore how they can make their skills development packages inclusive for the youth with a disability. Make 12.4% Work is currently planning to place an intern with a disability at Sawa World to support the mobilisation of people with disabilities in the areas where they work. Sawa World mainly works at mobilising the youth from slum areas, and their collaboration with Make 12.4% Work will expand this by targeting disability inclusion.
Sawa World has received several awards due to the success of their work, and their impact has already seen far-reaching results. According to research, 450,820 people have been reached with local solutions since 2011. Since 2014, 6,776 businesses started with local solutions.
Read more about Sawa World at: https://www.sawaworld.org
Stromme Foundation is a Norwegian based international development organization that partners with local non-governmental and community-based organizations to support people in rural and poor communities in Eastern Africa particularly children, youth and women to become more economically and socially empowered; and live a life of dignity.
Since 1976, Stromme Foundation has worked to help people in Asia, South America, West and Eastern Africa get out of poverty. The organization currently works in 13 countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan under Stromme Foundation Eastern Africa.
Stromme Foundation joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative in October 2019 and has since taken several steps to become more disability inclusive as an organization; so far, a disability awareness training and a Disability Inclusion Assessment of its organizational structure have been conducted. More collaboration with the Make 12.4% Work Initiative on projects is expected in 2020.
Palladium is a company that works with governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing challenges through advisory services and supporting their systems in program management, strategy, impact investment, and procurement & logistics. Over its 50-year history, Palladium has helped its clients to see the world as interconnected – by formulating strategies, building partnerships, and implementing programmes that have a lasting social and financial impact.
Palladium currently runs the Northern Uganda – Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agri-Business Market Development (NU-TEC MD); a five-year DFID funded programme that aims to increase the incomes and climate resilience of poor men and women in Northern Uganda by stimulating sustainable, pro-poor growth in selected agricultural markets and improving the position of poor men and women within these market systems by making the market systems more inclusive.
Palladium’s journey to disability inclusion through the NU-TEC MD program started in 2017 when, during an internal planning meeting, senior management sought to find the best ways that the programme could be more inclusive in its programming as well as in day-to-day activities. The consensus was to conduct a study to understand persons with disabilities’ economic development through agribusiness, and the benefits and constraints for economic inclusion. The study further looked at existing opportunities and potential synergies that could be leveraged by NU-TEC MD (and or other programmes) to successfully engage persons with disabilities in agribusiness.
In 2019, Palladium also joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative for more technical support on disability inclusion. A Disability Awareness training was conducted for its staff and 18 agribusiness partners. A Disability Inclusion Assessment was also conducted.
Following this training, two partners also signed commitment forms to work with person with disabilities in their businesses. The project also recruited an intern with a hearing impairment to get firsthand experience in working with persons with disabilities. During the internship, staff got an opportunity to ask questions and dispel myths around working with persons with disabilities.
Healthy Entrepreneurs is a social enterprise and innovative business model focused on the supply of health education, services and products. Their vision embraces basic health care for all. They work towards increasing access to basic health care in remote areas in order to enable development and self-reliance. In order to do so, their mission is to train men and women to become independent health workers, Healthy Entrepreneurs, to create a network that allows the delivery of affordable health products and services to the last mile. The central goal of the organisation is to mobilise entrepreneurs with innovative and practical solutions that correspond to the demands of families in the most remote, isolated communities. Through passionate entrepreneurs, isolated villages can be transformed into strong, healthy, well-informed communities.
Under Make 12.4% Work, Healthy Entrepreneurs is piloting to make their approach disability inclusive in the Rwenzori region. The two new groups of Healthy Entrepreneurs involve entrepreneurs with a disability. In addition, the large group of Healthy Entrepreneurs in the selected pilot districts have been sensitised on disability. To support them in providing information about disability related services and organisations, the Healthy Entrepreneurs have been provided with the ReferAll App on their phones. The pilot program is an opportunity to learn about disability inclusion and room for upscaling.
Healthy Entrepreneurs adopts the last-mile distribution model to reach isolated communities and provide access to healthcare, making it cheaper, more effective and more sustainable. Their model identifies potential entrepreneurs, preferably women, with a basic knowledge of health care and a secondary school diploma. Their training teaches basic health and the set of health products and entrepreneurial skills needed to establish independent mini-pharmacies. An entrepreneur invests $25 USD and receives a starter kit with $100 USD worth of basic medical products, which needs to be paid back within one year, and a solar powered tablet used for education and monitoring. The Healthy Entrepreneurs model is unique in the management of their end-to-end distribution chains. They buy products as cheaply as possible and provide direct delivery to the entrepreneurs on site. In addition, the model proves to be effective due to its long-term impact, requiring a single investment in startup cost to guarantee basic healthcare and profit generation for years. Currently, Healthy Entrepreneurs is active in 4 other countries, having reached 6 million people through their 3500 entrepreneurs.
Read more about Healthy Entrepreneurs at: https://www.healthyentrepreneurs.nl
Farm Africa is a UK-based charitable organization that works with farmers, pastoralists and forest communities in eastern Africa to help these groups to grow more food, look after their livestock and make a living using their natural resource sustainably. Farm Africa currently works in DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda growing agriculture, protecting the environment and supporting farmers to develop businesses in rural areas.
In 2019, Farm Africa joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative for technical support on disability inclusion in its programs. 188 persons with disabilities have so far been included in its Livestock for Livelihoods program in the Karamoja sub-region of northern Uganda. A Disability Awareness training has been conducted for its staff as well as a Disability Inclusion Assessment and action planning session where targets on disability inclusion were set for 2020.
Africa Evangelistic Enterprise Uganda (AEE-U)
AEE-U is a Christian, evangelical, international non-governmental organization established in 1971 with a mission to evangelize the people of Africa, promote holistic transformation of lives, restore hope and dignity. AEE-U’s core interventions include Evangelism, leadership Development, Child protection and Development, Adolescents and young people skilling in vocational Education, community resilience programs, curative and preventive Health and Reconciliation and Justice.
In July 2019. AEE joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative with a specific interest in learning more about disability inclusion which had been included as core element of two projects;
The SLAY Project: seeks to improve wellbeing of children (first 1000 days of life), adolescents
(10-19years) and Youth (13-25years) by improving access to friendly sexual reproductive health information and services, increasing access to general healthcare through community health financing, skilling and equipping youth to take up jobs and business opportunities.
Child Centred Community Development programme in Arivu, Arua: aimed at improving the quality of life and opportunities for children and other vulnerable groups in 1500 households in Arivu Sub county, Arua District by 2021.
AEE has since recruited five interns with disabilities in its Kampala and field offices in Arivu and Jinja not only to support the implementation of the above-mentioned projects but as an opportunity to learn and grow as an organization and build better inclusive employment practices.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The British Council creates friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries it operates in by making a positive contribution – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
The British Council works with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society and each year, reaches over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
The strong ties between Uganda and the UK have been cemented over the last 50 years. One of the UK’s main contributions to independent Uganda is the enhancement of skills through cultural exchange initiatives, benefitting many public sector individuals in the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s.
In the last decade, the British Council has changed its focus to align with the demands on the ground – with over 60% of the Ugandan population under the age of 30, there is a huge demand for skills, quality learning opportunities and qualifications as Ugandans seek employment in and outside the country. The British Council is looking to bridge this gap by sharing the UK’s expertise in the areas of English teaching and learning, building capacity in schools and communities and developing connections in the arts and creative economy.
In May 2019, the British Council joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative in support of its diversity and inclusion agenda within its programs and services. British Council has also hired Hanifah Nalwoga, an individual with a hearing impairment, as an invigilator for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in Kampala. The British Council also runs Creative Enterprise Workshops where youth with disabilities have been featured.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) works worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development, with a mandate to support the German government in achieving its development objectives through providing viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalized world.
In Uganda, GIZ focusses on three main priority areas: renewable energies and energy efficiency; rural development and food security; and water and sanitation. GIZ’s cooperation with the Ugandan government in the areas of water and sanitation also covers measures for water resources management, water for production and water supply and sanitation in refugee hosting communities.
GIZ joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative in February 2019 and has since taken on disability inclusion with confidence and zeal. GIZ hired Med Kimbugwe, an individual with a hearing impairment, as a technical advisor – Digitalization and Human Rights. In March, GIZ offered an internship opportunity to Akullu Fiona, a female youth with a visual impairment to support the Civil Peace Service Program, particularly in organising a joint multi-stake holder meeting in Soroti. GIZ has also engaged our Disability Inclusion Facilitators in a series of disability awareness sessions for staff at the Kampala Office as well as program managers and implementers.
Child’s i Foundation
Child’s i Foundation is an organization that helps reunite children with their own families where possible and finds loving, Ugandan adoptive or foster families where the child’s own family cannot be found or is unsafe. The organization also helps to repurpose orphanages into community hub centres that provide services that prevent family separation.
In March 2019, Child’s i Foundation joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative and has since conducted a disability awareness training for its staff. The organization has expressed willingness to embrace disability inclusion in its work and is committed to take deliberate steps towards achieving this; in November 2019, the organization took on an intern with a visual impairment in its Accounts and Finance Department. Many more engagements with the Make 12.4% Work Initiative are expected in 2020.
Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG)
Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) Uganda is a denominational church organization that is deeply involved in church planting and facilitating the vital work of more than 5,000 pastors and ministry leaders around Uganda and neighboring countries. In Uganda, PAG started in Kitsabasi in the ranges of Mt. Elgon in Bugisu region in the 1940’s and, over the years, has spread throughout the country with more than 5000 churches under the organisation. PAG is structured under 24 Pastorates, 515 Assemblies headed by Assembly and Associate church Pastors.
The Community Development efforts in PAG started in early 1990’s as an initiative by individual PAG Pastorates with the main aim of establishing a holistic Ministry for communities traumatized by armed conflict, HIV/AIDS, drought and other natural calamities. PAG since then registered significant success in community transformation and restoration of hope in the individual lives.
In March 2019, PAG joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative and has since taken on an intern with a physical impairment as an Administration Assistant in its Soroti Office.
Food for the Hungry
Food for the Hungry is a Christian humanitarian organization committed to ending all forms of human poverty by providing life-changing development programs, disaster relief, and advocacy. Since 1971, Food for the Hungry (FH) has gone into the world’s hardest places to respond to human suffering and graduate communities from extreme poverty into thriving, self-sustainable places to live.
In 1988, FH began working in Uganda with a focus on meeting the long-neglected physical and spiritual needs of prisoners and prison staff. In 1990, FH, in partnership with UNICEF, began a water and sanitation project in the northern districts of Apac and Lira. Many children were orphaned by the LRA war in northern Uganda; and living with family members or friends causing additional financial strain on the community. This gave rise to the child development program, which later extended to the Lira, Kitgum, Mpigi, Kapchorwa, Mukono, Mbale, Kumi and Soroti districts. Since then, FH has focused efforts on doing long-term development work with a focus on livelihoods, education, health and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.
In 2019, Food for the Hungry joined the Make 12.4% Work Initiative; disability awareness trainings and sessions on Disability Inclusive Programming have since been conducted. FH is looking to include persons with disabilities in its Food Security and Nutrition Improvement Project funded by the UK government through DFID. The project targets 300 children under 5 years of age and women of reproductive age.