Livelihood Support Project

This was a follow-up project to the Mocro-Finance Project but only implemented in Nebbi. After mainstreaming PWDs in the Village Savings and Loan Associations, it was realised that many of them were engaged in petty businesses unable to bring them enough money to meet their basic needs and have a surplus to save in their groups.
This mini project was therefore designed where UNAPD members were trained and facilitated to make bar soap and beads jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and bags. The members’ incomes were increased and are now therefore more active in VSLA.

Microfinance Project

Through this project, PWPDs were incorporated in the CARE Uganda’s Village Saving and Loan Associations in the districts of Soroti and Nebbi. The project’s major goal was to improve the livelihoods of Persons with Physical Disabilities through accessing loans to enable them carry out productive activities. The project was implemented in partnership with CARE Uganda, a non-government organisation, UNAPD, the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda and the CARE partners of West Nile Private Sector.

HIV/AIDS Project

UNAPD successfully implemented Phase I and II of this project in partnership with the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda (NUDIPU). The project promoted HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health among Persons with Physical Disabilities.

Labour Market Project

The project promoted a positive employment environment for PWD’s with formal education and without through advocacy, awareness-raising, linking PWDs to potential employers or training those without formal education into income generating activities. It was sponsored by the Danish Brain Injury Association. The pilot two-year project (2009-2010) was implemented in Makindye and Kawempe divisions in Kampala District.

Through the project, a data-base about PWDs job skills, level of qualification and the kind of jobs they can do, among others, was created. PWDs were trained in skills like CV writing, how you can pass a job interview, among others. Employers who are interested in giving jobs to PWDs now have an opportunity to choose from the available list at UNAPD.

There are also many PWDs especially those with Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, or their care givers who were trained in making chalk, candles, table clothes, table mats, beads jewelry, liquid soap, and paper bags.

Disability Rights Awareness Project

This was a tripartite project implemented by three Disabled People’s Organisations: Uganda National Action on Physical Disability; Mental Health Uganda; and National Association of the Deaf Blind.

The project sought to improve the quality of life and enjoyment of disability rights among Persons with Mental Disabilities, Persons with Physical Disabilities and the Deaf-Blind (DB) in 6 districts of Uganda by 2010.

UNAPD was responsible for two districts Ntungamo and Rakai. The project specifically promoted awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (that Uganda ratified in 2008), and increased the capacity of PWDs to advocate for their rights basing on the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The one year project as sponsored by TIDES Foundation through the Disability Rights Fund. The project was born out of the PWDs need to clearly understand the Convention and how best to apply its provisions in addressing their needs and challenges.

The Wings Project

The project supported the development of four Wings – Youth, Women’s, Persons with Rheumatism and Polio Survivors’ Wings – within UNAPD, and widely disseminated information and research about polio survivors and persons with rheumatism. The project promoted participation of the Wings in UNAPD activities, strengthened the organisation’s advocacy initiatives as well as promoting the Wings’ involvement in UNAPD structures. To support information activities, a working group for Polio Survivors was formed to create awareness on post-polio syndrome. Each group was given a Trust Fund that enabled the Wings to organise and implement their respective activities. The two-year project (2009-2010) was sponsored by Danish Handicap Forbund (DHF).

Uganda Brain Injury Support Project (UBSIP)

This was a two-year project (2007-2009) with a goal of increasing awareness on the rights of People with Acquired Brain Injury (PWABIs) and the challenges of Brain Injury among central and local government, civil society and local communities in Kampala District.
The project succeeded in sensitising duty bearers and communities on prevention of Brain Injury and rehabilitation of PWABIs. Five Self-Help Groups were formed, facilitated and empowered as foundations for community action on issues of PWABIs, and now spearhead community advocacy and linkage with various social service providers. The SHG were registered as Community Based Organisations. The project was sponsored by the Danish Brain Injury Association (DBIA).

Capacity Building and Accessibility Project

One of the major outcomes of this project was the development of Accessibility Standards, a booklet that provides for guidelines to be followed to construct physical facilities that are accessible by all people including persons with disability. It was a three-year project (2008-2010) aimed at building the capacity and empowering Persons with Physical Disabilities, UNAPD Board and staff in areas of organisational development and management, creating accessibility awareness and advocacy through sensitisation and training.

Targeted PWPDs are now equipped with knowledge in areas of lobbying, fundraising and advocacy. They also have expertise in the area of accessibility, and are able to provide concrete advice to stakeholders, on, for example, building standards to ensure accessibility.

The project was implemented in eight districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Kapchorwa, Soroti, Masindi, Hoima, Nebbi and Yumbe. It was supported by Danish Handicap Forbund (DHF), a Danish Association for people with physical disability.

Accessible and Inclusive Schools Project for Children with Disability

The Accessible and Inclusive Schools for Children with Disability Project was implement from 2011-2013 in Kapchorwa and Masaka districts. The goal of the project was to make People with Physical Disabilities enjoy equal rights in all aspects of life and mainstreamed in the national and local level development programs. The project registered tremendous success in advocating for inclusive education and improved accessibility to schools.
As a result, many schools were made accessible leading to increased enrolment and retention of children with disability in schools.

Membership Empowerment Project

This was a three-year project (2011-2013) with a goal of enabling persons with physical disabilities enjoy equal rights in all aspects of life and are included equally into development programs and projects. The project resulted into increased advocacy capacity of the staff, board and members in the areas of accessibility and access of people with disability to poverty alleviation programs. It also resulted into strengthening of UNAPD management systems and structures as well as increased ownership of the organisation by the members. The project also actively promoted disability sports through piloting sports activities in Mubende district where five teams of sitting volleyball were setup. It was implemented in 12 districts namely Arua, Oyam, Kitgum, Kaberamaido, Busia,Pallissa, Mubende, Kiboga, Kayunga, Mbarara, Bushenyi and Kisoro.