According to the Brazilian census conducted by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica, 14.5% of the Brazilian population has some type of disability. Of this number, 70% live below the poverty line, 33% are illiterate and 90% are outside the labor market. Millions of people living in poor communities need training and job placement to facilitate greater inclusion in the labor market and in society.
The POETA program has provided technology access to over 1 million people, and empowered over 100,000 people through training. This project aims to improve economic opportunities for people with disabilities in Brazil through skills training, awareness building, knowledge sharing and other concrete tools. Our partner organizations UNILEHU provide the infrastructure and staff necessary to implement our sophisticated and comprehensive training programs.
Over the past ten years, the Trust has established a sustainable network of 161 POETA centers in 17 countries, providing training in digital literacy, job readiness and life skills to at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and conflict-affected communities. POETA Accesible matches skilled people with disabilities with prospective employers, impacting their lives beyond their experience at the centers.
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