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Uganda: National Association of the Deaf to Receive USADF Funding
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The United States African Development Foundation recently funded the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) in an effort to empower deaf individuals in the East Africa country. The grant is designed to build UNAD’s capacity, further serving the deaf population in Uganda by building a training resource center.
USADF President Lloyd Pierson stated, “ADF prides itself in working with marginalized groups to improve their lives. Deaf individuals in Uganda are one such marginalized group and we are very excited to be funding projects which will greatly impact their lives.”
UNAD, with headquarters in Kampala, is a non-profit organization that represents the deaf community in Uganda and works with deaf individuals to improve their lives through skill acquisition and income generating activities. However, UNAD lacks the financial and technical capacity to respond to growing needs. The $234,504 grant will partially fund business, sign language, and information technology classes as well as skill training such as knitting and carpentry. UNAD will also focus on job placement for the graduates and evaluate their program.
ADF strives to fund projects which will develop economies in Africa. Through this grant, 820 UNAD training program graduates will have meaningful jobs and 1,000 graduates will start or improve their own business. By working with people at the grassroots level, ADF is able to expand economies across Africa.
Regional Program Coordination Chris Fowles stated that; “this grant will help bridge the communication gap between deaf and hearing persons, reduce the marginalization of the deaf people, and increase the number of literate deaf people with technical skills that enhance their economic and social opportunities for improved livelihoods.”
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
- Helen Keller