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April 2024 News Wrap

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Find out more about our work, successes and impact in April 2024.

We Can Work: Inception Meeting in Nairobi

We held an Inception Meeting for the We Can Work Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, together with United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) and other organisations of people with disabilities. Co-created by young people with disabilities and our partners, the programme aims to promote access to dignified and fulfilling work for youth with disabilities.

A man in a wheelchair is holding a microphone and speaking to an audience of people seated around tables at the We Can Work Inception Meeting.
A participant of the We Can Work Programme holds a speech during the Inception Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. © Light for the World

Funded by the Mastercard Foundation, the programme is implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal in partnership with the African Disability Forum and Crosswise Works.

Coping with crises: resilience and inclusion in West Africa

The ReCouVrer project has officially launched its second phase!  

Its aim? To enhance the resilience of marginalised people in West Africa in the face of various crises. Our implementing partner, OCADES Kaya, has assembled a dynamic team, including Disability Inclusion Facilitators (DIFs), to lead the initiative.

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The ReCouVrer project team in Burkina Faso celebrates the launch of phase two. © Light for the World

The project – led by Light for the World, Caritas Austria, Red Cross Austria, and OCADES Kaya and funded by the Austrian Development Agency – focuses on inclusive activities such as resilience building, equitable employability, and food and nutritional security.

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Together with the Enabling Education Network (EENET), we are offering a free online course on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In this course, you will get a recap of inclusive education, gain an understanding of UDL, and learn how to plan lessons the UDL way. 

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UNICEF partners for emergency education in Ethiopia

Children with disabilities will receive emergency education under a partnership between Light for the World Ethiopia and UNICEF. The project is set to reach more than 2,200 children with disabilities in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. 

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In Amhara, more than 2.7 million children are out of school due to humanitarian crises and conflict, according to the Ethiopia Education Cluster (December 2023). 

To make this project a success, we are collaborating with our partners Berhan LehetsanatHelp for Persons with Disabilities Organization (HPDO), Imagine One Day and the Amhara Regional Education Bureau.

Gender and climate training in South Sudan

Our Gender and Climate Expert, Jennifer Pitter-López, led a training in Juba, South Sudan. 

Disability Inclusion Facilitators (DIFs) and colleagues from Plan International and  CEPO South Sudan played interactive games to explore the intersections of gender, disability, and climate change. They used tools – like the intersectional discrimination pyramid – to explore underlying discrimination and develop solutions to ensure women and men with disabilities are included in climate action. 

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Participants of our Gender and Climate Training in Juba, South Sudan, learn about intersections of gender, disability, and climate change. © Light for the World

In case you missed it…

  • We signed a powerful joint statement advocating for inclusive education for the EU’s Global Gateway event on Education.
  • Simon Madol, a Disability Inclusion Facilitator at Light for the World, shared his story about the transformative impact of blind football in South Sudan through Goal Click.  
  • We published our “Tips for Journalists” article – a practical resource for media reporting on disability.  
  • Discover our “Partnerships Insights” newsletter and dive deeper into how we work with our partners. Subscribe now in English, French, or Portuguese
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