A future for young people with disabilities in Ibanda, Uganda
Ibanda, Uganda

The Wisdom Training Resource Centre of the Diocese of Ibanda focuses on young people who are vulnerable in one way or another, such as young people with mental and/or physical disabilities, being deaf or visually impaired. The centre vocational training to those young people. The centre has also an emergency clinic with a child protection committee and provides psychological support. The goal is that everyone becomes more resilient and that the young people can provide for their own income. The centre wants to give young people starter toolkits at the end of the training to give them a good start to enterprise.

€ 5,260 is required for the delivery of the necessary machines and tools by the Betuwe Worldwide Foundation for both the training courses and the starter tool kits. We are looking for sponsors to support this project!

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Project information
The situation

The Wisdom Training Resource Centre is located in the Ibanda District, which was formerly part of the Mbarara District in southwestern Uganda. The district has a population of approximately 275,000 and, as for most districts in Uganda, agriculture is the backbone of the economy. Most citizens are subsistence farmers that are self-sufficient and cultivate their own land.

As far as education is concerned, this still relatively young district still has a shortage of primary and secondary education facilities. Facilities for people / young people with disabilities are virtually absent.

The importance of the project

In 2004, a group of young people with a disability approached the fathers of the diocese for help. They had anything but a carefree childhood. As they grew up, they faced discrimination and prejudice. They were ignored or rejected, even by their own family or community. Their future did not look good: never being able to get out of poverty and always remaining dependent on others. The young people asked the fathers for help. Their family and community needed to see that they were capable of many things, if only given the chance. The fathers then decided to set up the Wisdom Training Resource Centre (WTRC).

The implementing organisation

The Wisdom Training Resource Centre is run by the RC Diocese and has been in existence for ten years??. The target group of the centre are children and young people who are vulnerable in one way or another, such as young people with mental and/or physical disabilities, deafness, or visual impairment. In addition, the centre supports orphans, early school dropouts and young people with HIV/Aids or other chronic illnesses. The centre offers vocational training in tailoring, knitting, shoemaking, computer skills and leather processing. There are plans for new courses such as metalworking, car mechanics and carpentry. The centre also has an emergency clinic and a committee dealing with child protection and children’s rights. The children and young people receive psychological support. The goal is that everyone becomes more resilient and that the young people take care of their own income. So far, 520 children and young people have made a new start in their lives with the help of the centre.

The envisaged project results

In the past 5 years, 121 students graduated from the centre. Some have started for themselves, but unfortunately not everyone succeeded. Because of poverty, parents cannot procure tools, a sewing machine, or a computer for their child. In recent years, the centre was only able to buy machines and tools for only some graduates. The centre’s ambition is to give many more young people a good start. If the centre receives additional tools and machines for existing and new courses, there is room to help starting entrepreneurs.

The required funds

To set up the new courses and to be able to provide young graduates with a starter toolkit, € 5,260 is needed for the delivery of the necessary machines and tools by the Betuwe Worldwide Foundation. We are looking for sponsors to support this project!