All children, including disabled children, have the right to play, learn, and be included. But most children with disabilities in rural areas of Africa do not have the opportunity to explore the world around them. Give older youth with disabilities throughout rural parts of Africa a chance to gain social and livelihood skills through Uhambo's award-winning Ndinogona "I Can" Program that provides training to generate income by making handicrafts, in addition to learning valuable social skills.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Learning and stimulation is crucial to the development of youth with disabilities. It enables them to be included in the world and realize their full potential. The families of 20 youth with disabilities rely on the 2 Care Center, however most care centers in rural areas of Africa do not offer such opportunities for people with disabilities. Uhambo's successful "I Can" program is designed for younger children, however older youth need this program, too, and have specific developmental goals.
How will this project solve this problem?
Uhambo, a specialist in the disability sector, will develop a new "I Can" program designed for the older youth population. It will be piloted at the 2 Care Center with youth, their families and caregivers and will provide training to generate income by making handicrafts and growing produce while learning valuable social skills. The program improves responsiveness, reduces sensory & behavioral problems & creates opportunities never imagined! Your donation + a recent MicroGrant will get us there!
Potential Long Term Impact
This project stems from the findings of a community survey that Uhambo conducted which discovered a severe lack of programming and activities tailored to youth with disabilities. This project will reach further than the 20 youth, their families and the caregivers at 2 Care Center! After piloting it at Vredenburg, Uhambo will bring the "I Can" program to other communities and empower more youth with disabilities to learn new skills, generate income and experience inclusion in their community!
Total Funding Received to Date: $480
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,320
Total Funding Goal: $2,800