Connecting the Dots

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

Hairdresser Beatrice teaches hair salon intern Irene, who uses a wheelchair.

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.

Find out more by reading our learning report, which focuses on what we’ve learned about changing attitudes, norms and behaviours within the project.

Two follow-up projects are building on the success of Connecting the Dots by increasing the number of participants and expanding to other areas of the country. You can also read an evaluation of these projects.

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

Stories from the programme

Charles Ahumuza at work as an engineer.

Charles’s story

“I grew up wanting to be an electrician, so nothing could divert me from my chosen career. I get good feedback from my customers.” Read Charles’s story

Isaac sits outside his mechanics.

Isaac’s story

Mechanic Isaac has embraced the opportunity to train young people with disabilities: he has welcomed five interns at his business. Read Isaac’s story

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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.

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