Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

Kenya gathering focuses on including persons with disabilities in development

The meeting was organised by World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (WCC-EDAN) Project on Disability Inclusion in Development

Fifty church development practitioners and leaders as well as organisations for persons with disabilities in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda met in Nairobi, Kenya from 9-13 October to share their experiences on disability inclusion in church development programmes and to explore strategies to ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in the…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

Deputy Minister of social development to hand over specialised school equipment for learners with disabilities

The partnership was formed to establish accessible computer laboratories for learners with special needs

The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hon. Hendrietta Bogopane –Zulu in partnership with the MTN SA Foundation will be handing over three computer Laboratories to Tshilidzini Special School located in Shayandima, Thulamela Local Municipality under Vhembe District in Limpopo Province. The partnership was formed to establish accessible computer laboratories for…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

Bridging the Gap in Victim Assistance - UNMAS press release

The initiative is co-organized by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Handicap International (HI), and aims at supporting the Libyan Mine Action Centre (LibMAC) and other Libyan authorities in identifying key stakeholders, activities and gaps in victim assistance in Libya.

On 27 and 28 July, Libyan authorities and civil society organisations, UN entities and other stakeholders have gathered to discuss gaps and opportunities in victim assistance (VA) during the Workshop on Victim Assistance in the Context of Landmines, Cluster Munitions and Other Explosive Remnants of War in Libya. The initiative…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

Press Conference on the “Inclusive Fashion Show” and “Inclusion: Our Story” video challenge

15 designers will be participating in the Inclusive Fashion Show by designing outfits and accessories for individuals with disabilities

Discrimination against people with disabilities hinders economic development, limits democracy, and erodes societies. The U.S. Embassy has been working with concerned stakeholders to protect the rights of disabled persons as well as to ensure their inclusion and participation in society.  As part of ongoing efforts, the U.S. Embassy in collaboration…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Namibia |

Kutwano giving hope to the people with disabilities through sports

The American Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas. F. Daughton, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), handed over sports equipment valued at an estimated N$250 000

Neatly tucked away in Kamunu village, in the Zambezi region is the Kutwano Organization of Sports for People with Disabilities (PWD). Kutwano, which means ‘working together’ in Silozi has an estimated number of 128 active members, who they train and mentor in different sports disciplines. The American Ambassador to Namibia,…

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Source: Media Revolution |

1000 disabled Africans to receive free treatment in India through the #OperationRehab initiative

According to a Statistics South Africa report based on the last census, over 2.8 million people suffer from some form of disability in South Africa alone and around 600,000 are listed as severely disabled

Over 2.8 million (http://APO.af/gqdOpi) people suffer from some form of disability in South Africa alone and around 600,000 are listed as severely disabled, according to a report based on the last census The first beneficiary of #OperationRehab has returned to South Africa with a new prosthetic leg #OperationRehab aims to…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

A world-class wheelchair basketball coach to train the team of South Sudan

In South Sudan the ICRC supports three physical rehabilitation centers that provide mobility devices and therapy

At the invitation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jess Markt, a wheelchair basketball coach for people with disabilities is coming from the United States, and will arrive in Juba on January 10, 2017 to coach players, train coaches, classifiers and referees from Juba and Yirol.  …

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

USAID Support to ISTEP Program Gets People with Disabilities into the Workplace

The Inclusive Training and Employment Program for and by persons with disabilities, also known as ISTEP, was designed to bolster Ethiopia’s efforts to support disability inclusive development

Over the past three years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) Association to help hundreds of people with disabilities to prepare for and enter the workforce. The Inclusive Training and Employment Program for and by persons with disabilities, also…

Source: British High Commission Freetown |

British physiotherapist providing care in Sierra Leone honoured by UK PM: Anna Vines receives 'Point of Light' Award

A British physiotherapist supporting the development of physiotherapy in Sierra Leone has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister Theresa May. Anna Vines first came to the country, which has been deeply affected by Civil War, disease and malnutrition, in 2011. As a volunteer with Mercy Ships, she…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

Minister Lindiwe Zulu to launch Funding Scheme for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

The scheme is only applicable to entrepreneurs with physical disabilities, companies and co-operatives with at least 26% ownership by people with disabilities and those that demonstrate operational and management involvement in the business

The Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will on Friday, 9 December in Welkom, Free State, launch a funding scheme that is aimed at supporting entrepreneurs with disabilities. The Amavulandlela Fund, which is managed by the department’s agency, Small Enterprise Funding Agency (SEFA), seeks to empower people with…