Connecting the Dots

Our Connecting the Dots training and employment programme, funded by the European Commission, has transformed the lives of young people with disabilities in western Uganda.

A young woman working at a sewing machine.

The project delivered vocational training, transformed attitudes to disability and strengthened the work of organisations working with people with disabilities.

A follow-up project, also funded by the European Commission, is now building on the success of Connecting the Dots, by increasing the number of participants and expanding to another district.

This new project will include greater attention to financial inclusion and behaviour change, and we’ll pilot innovative ways to measure the economic empowerment the project is delivering.

young people graduated from the initial four-year project
of them were earning an income after graduating
students from 5 districts enrolled in the follow-up project


Simon Peter’s story

Simon Peter Otoyo had just returned home from his local school when rebel soldiers arrived in his village in northern Uganda.
Read his story

Women smiling at camera, holding plate with omelette

Grace’s story

Grace has known a lot of unhappiness in her life, but she’s hoping that her prospects will change thanks to Connecting the Dots.
Read her story

Woman standing between two stoves.

Hilda’s story

“I dropped out of school when I was 14 because there was no money to push me forward. I wanted to stay on and I actually felt so angry and cried.”
Read her story

I wanted to show the community that disabled people can also be productive.
Simon Peter, knitting graduate/teacher
Simon Peter Otoyo with one of his graduating students at Amor Foundation Vocational Training School in Bweyale, Uganda.

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Godfrey’s story

Mechanic Bagada Godfrey is a district supervisor for people with disabilities, helping to train them, build their confidence and change negative attitudes.

Edith with Joseph, one of the Connecting the Dots students.
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Edith’s story

Over the past four years, Edith has helped 324 young people with disabilities to complete vocational training, giving them the chance to live independently.