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A young child with is playing with a red ball while her mother is kneeling next to her with a big smile. The girl is wearing glasses she received from Light for the World.
Greta’s congenital cataract was not treated in a Light for the World project, but in a different hospital. She received glasses through NIURE. If you use this story, please do not state that Light for the World made the operation possible.

Uganda

In Light for the World Uganda, we work with young people with disabilities to implement trailblazing programmes which support their rights.

Our Make 12.4% Work [link to website] flagship programme opens employment and business opportunities for people with disabilities and connects specially trained Disability Inclusion Facilitators with businesses in need of inclusion advice. It is driven by youth with disabilities.
Partnering with media and other local partners, we raise the voices of people with disabilities living in some of the poorest parts of Uganda.


Our EnableMe online platform, for example, provides rich information and meaningful engagement on topics affecting disability rights, reaching an audience that is too often overlooked.
We also work to ensure Ugandans everywhere can access quality eye care, no matter where they live, how much they earn, whether or not they have a disability, or how old they are. Our Child Eye Health programme “1, 2,3 I can see” ensures services are integrated throughout the entire health care system.
Country context

With one of the youngest populations in the world, Uganda faces a huge youth unemployment challenge.
Of at least 2.6 million youth with disabilities in Uganda, only about 15% are employed. They face insurmountable barriers of: inequities in education training & discrimination.
In efforts to combat these challenges, the Government has put in place progressive rights-based legislation like the People with Disabilities Act of 2019. But a major implementation gap remains.
To bridge this gap, we support multi-sectoral advocates and practitioners to know and claim their rights.

“People with disabilities want to learn & earn. But so many barriers stand in their way. This makes no more economic sense than it does moral sense! People with disabilities are your customer base. Your board members. Your colleagues. Don’t miss out on that potential,”

Ambrose Murangiura, Disability Inclusion Adviser at Light for the World Uganda
Anneke Maarse

Country Director Uganda

a.maarse@light-for-the-world.org