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Connecting the Dots

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

A young woman working at a sewing machine.

During the initial four year-project, Connecting the Dots has delivered vocational training, transformed attitudes to disability and strengthened the work of organisations working with people with disabilities.

The project has provided vocational training for more than 300 young people with disabilities, and changed attitudes to disability by showing that people with disabilities can be valued, productive employees.

A follow-up project is building on the success of Connecting the Dots by increasing the number of participants and expanding to another district.

324
young people graduated from the initial four-year project
98%
of them were earning an income after graduating
250
students enrolled in the follow-up project

The European Commission has funded the economic empowerment programme since 2012, and additional funding was awarded in August 2017 by the National Lottery Community Fund. This generous support has helped to transform the lives of hundreds of young people with disabilities in Uganda.

Stories

Isaac works on the knitting machine alongside his tutor.

Isaac's story

“When I started to learn knitting, it was difficult. But I thought: I tell everyone who knows me that I’m clever; how can I go home?”
Read Isaac’s story

Edith smiles as she stands holding her young son.

Edith’s story

“Here in Uganda the attitude was negative. People with disabilities were often nicknamed ‘kateyemba’, which means ‘the unable one’”.
Read Edith’s story

Rajab is sitting, holding his camera.

Rajab’s story

Rajab dropped out of school after his senior six year because his mother, a farmer, couldn’t continue to pay the fees for further education.
Read Rajab’s 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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