Our employment programmes provide vocational and skills training to people with disabilities, so they are able to find work and be financially independent.

A close-up of a woman using a sewing machine in Uganda.

Disability and poverty are inextricably linked. Poverty limits people’s access to health, education and other services, and can push people into accepting more dangerous jobs.

This puts them at higher risk of accidents and disability.

People with disabilities are less likely to escape poverty, as their chances to earn a living are limited by stigma, discrimination and a lack of accessible workplaces. To break this cycle, it’s vital for people with disabilities to be empowered and financially independent.

Sightsavers helps people with disabilities to gain this independence by providing vocational training  and skills. This opens up new opportunities for work and self-empowerment. We also work with private-sector employers to provide employment opportunities and training, and to change attitudes around disability.

Our goal is to show that people with disabilities can be valued, productive employees and to provide them with sustainable access to work.

I’m living my dream! I’m more confident now because I know I’ll get a job.
Jacklyne, IT graduate

How employment opportunities can change lives

Charles Ahumuza at work as an engineer.

Charles’s story

Charles Ahumuza, who is partially sighted, reveals how Sightsavers’ inclusive employment programme in Uganda has helped him to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming an electrician. Read Charles’s story

Isaac sits outside his mechanics.

Isaac’s story

Mechanic Isaac Bolingo has embraced the opportunity to train young people with disabilities: he has welcomed five interns at his business and is now championing the scheme to other employers. Read Isaac's story

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Why tackling disability discrimination is key to employment projects

As part of our Connecting the Dots project in Uganda, we tested a new way of boosting employment rates by influencing communities, families and businesses to act more positively toward people with disabilities.

Edith Kagoya, June 2021

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