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.
This programme, part of the Inclusive Futures initiative funded by UK aid, focuses on training people with disabilities in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, and helping them to find formal employment.
This innovative programme has transformed the lives of young people with disabilities in Uganda by providing vocational training. It is funded by the European Commission and the National Lottery Community Fund.