In Uganda, 19% of people aged 5 and over have some form of disability, increasing progressively with age. The number of people with physical or mental impairments in Amuru is high due to the actions of the Lord’s Resistance Army in the past. The social and economic status of people with disabilities in Uganda is particularly precarious, there being a high correlation between the incidence of poverty and disability.
Those with disabilities experience discrimination and abuse, lack control over their lives and face multiple barriers to securing livelihoods or productive resource. They lack skills and education that could help them get a job or earn their own income; lack access to assets and tend to be excluded from decision-making about their own lives. Women and girls with disabilities face a double disadvantage and are at greater risk of sexual or gender based violence.
This 30 month long Disability Mainstreaming project will focus on:
Gender inequality: People with disabilities in Uganda experience serious inequalities in terms of access to social services and public participation.
Access to productive resources and food insecurity: Disability coupled with gender inequality in access to land and property is substantial due to discriminatory inheritance practices and gender-biased land reforms.
Access to financial services: Is essential for people with disabilities to allow them benefit fully in economic opportunities.
The following strategies will be used:
- Dietary diversity through increased and integrated sustainable farming systems
- Improved knowledge on nutrition of persons with disabilities (PWD)
- Increased crop production and productivity for PWDs and vulnerable households
- Increased agriculture enterprises among PWDs and other vulnerable households
- Improved awareness on the rights of PWDs and other vulnerable groups.
- Participatory gender based approaches
- Reproductive health training for vulnerable people and PWDs
Project Outcomes: 4,200 people including those with a disability will benefit by becoming:
- Food secure and resilient to environmental shocks
- Self –sufficient and have multiple income sources
- Self-confident and equitably sharing roles and resources
- Increased awareness on their rights and are able to participate in productive activities
- Communities educated on how those with disabilities can be included in agricultural activities and be a valued part of society and family life