Imagine your mother, sister or Aunt being chased out her matrimonial home living on her own as a single mother having to work extra harder doing all sorts of odd jobs to feed and care for herself and children just because of giving birth to a child with a disability.There are many such mothers in Uganda facing similar challenges; living in hopeless lives and in abject poverty and just need to be empowered with skills for sustainable economic development. AICOD trains mothers in mushroom growing.
About 2.5 million children live with some form of disability in Uganda and are one of the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in society. Negative social norms relating to disability are widely spread in the Ugandan society which leads to their discrimination. Changing these perceptions requires the collective and individual efforts of all stakeholders to promote and protect the rights of Children with Disabilities (UNICEF Uganda 2014). In Uganda, there is a huge stigma around disability.
The project will provide the necessary resources and opportunities to mothers of children with disabilities to set up income generating activities within the family setting thus involving the child and other family members in ensuring sustainability and continuity of the projects and thus benefiting children and families on a long term basis. Mothers groups and their families will be trained in local savings, modern and sustainable farming and marketing skills.
We are ensuring that mothers of children with disabilities, their families and communities are provided with skills is to support these children within their home setting. We work with local charities, local government, building skills and raising awareness and tackle the stigma around disability. We also provide resources which are available freely to families. More skilled support for disabled children and their mothers will continue to benefit the children and families in the long-term.