We work with local and national partners to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in economic empowerment programmes.

Monica Friday photographed in her classroom on the first day of her plumbing course at the Nile Vocational Training Institute in Hoima, Uganda. She is dressed in blue overalls and holding a wrench.

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.

Sylvia, a graduate of our Connecting the Dots project, is a role model to other young people with disabilities.

There are so many disabled people who have not been given a chance, a voice.
Sylvia, Connecting the Dots alumni
Sylvia smiling and talking on a mobile phone outside.

How employment opportunities can change lives

Rajab is sitting, holding his camera.

Rajab’s story

Rajab is the sort of person you want on your team. He’s upbeat and ambitious, and he thinks big.
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Isaac works on the knitting machine alongside his tutor.

Isaac’s story

“After getting a knitting machine, I will work. My wish is to change opinions about people with disabilities.”
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Sankarlal working in his shop.

Sankarlal’s story

Sankarlal has a positive, go-getting attitude and lack of self-pity that is truly inspirational.
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More about our employment work

Edith with Atugonza, one of the graduates of the Connecting the Dots programme.
Sightsavers blog

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
Isaac sits outside his mechanics.
Sightsavers from the field

The business owner training young people with disabilities

Isaac Bolingo is training young people with disabilities to be mechanics in his garage.

September 2020
A girl with deafblindness plays with her siblings.
Sightsavers from the field

“As a parent, to see your child happy, is as much as you can ask for.”

Sightsavers and Sense International supported 14-year-old Hellen and her family from Masindi, Uganda, by helping them communicate with each other and support themselves financially.

April 2020

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