There are more than 30,000 persons with disabilities (PWD's)living in The Bahamas. The majority of whom live on the government Invalidity Benefit Assistance. We are the largest vulnerable socio-economic group within The Bahamas. The majority of us live on the margin of society and in too many cases outright poverty. The Yes We Can Initiative seeks to empower pwd's educationally, economically and emotionally. Also to become more self-sufficient and to live independent lives.
The Yes We Can Initiative is a social enterprise that uses business principles in addressing the high level of unemployment among PWD's in The Bahamas. It does not give PWD's a hand out but rather a hand up and provides tangible opportunities.
To paraphrase Steve Wonder, the more PWD's you make independent it benefits everyone. When PWD's are educated, trained and gainfully employed it improves their self worth and give them the confidence to live successful and productive lives.