01 December 2016
An innovative economic empowerment project that supports young people with disabilities in Uganda to access training and internships has received additional funding to expand the project over a further four years.
The previous project, Connecting the dots, saw more than 300 young people in Uganda complete vocational training in the initial four-year period (2012-2016). In the new intake more than 450 others will gain skills in a variety of vocations, from retail, knitting and leatherwork to mechanics, IT and catering.
The expanded project – like the initial project, joint-funded by Sightsavers and the European Union – will include five districts (previously four) and offer additional financial literacy and business skills training. Graduates of the project will not only learn a marketable skill but also the practical skills necessary to run their own small business.
As well as empowering young people with the means to gain financial independence, the employment project has changed community attitudes and seen a transformation in the number of local employers prepared to take on apprentices with disabilities.
Employed, and empowered: read about some of the project’s other success stories
The new phase of the project has been launched at an event in the new district in Uganda – we’re excited to see what the next few years will hold for the new intake of students, and we’ll be reporting on their progress as they go through training.