We are Able!

Strengthening the position of people with disabilities.

That is the main goal of the five-year project We are Able! in six African countries.

Many people with disabilities in Africa also experience exclusion. For example, when it comes to living or working. With We are Able! we encourage people with disabilities to participate.

We show that they are valuable and indispensable in society. They receive support in their independent functioning. The chance of getting a job or starting their own company is increasing. With an independent income, their position improves and they can fully participate in society.

We are Able! is a five-year programme, launched by six organisations.

Helping people with disabilities achieve a fully-fledged place in their community for better food security.

We are Able! operates in DR Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.

How a little help can change lives

We know from experience that a little help can change lives. This photo shows a group of people who were helped by one of the projects of the Leprosy Mission. This is a self-help group in Ethiopia. The people used to suffer from leprosy but were subsequently healed, and now they have formed a new type of family. People with leprosy are often rejected by their families and communities because of stigma (“leprosy is a punishment from the gods”) or fear of contamination. In these self-help groups, people support and assist each other, like a family does. They can live with independence and dignity once again.

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Promoting disability inclusion at local level

Taking away prejudices and creating awareness about the daily challenges of persons with a disability is the first, crucial step for achieving more inclusive local policies. This is what we advocated for at the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress in Daejeon, South Korea, last month. Here, we shared our experiences from the…

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Meet Bob van Dillen Consortium Coordinator We are Able!

In October, I started as the consortium coordinator of We are Able! I have worked for the Dutch NGO Cordaid, where I coordinated a number of advocacy trajectories, mostly on food and agriculture, migration and refugees. Prior to that I have also done advocacy at EU level, working for NGO networks, and also at the…

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WaA! Conference 2022: Learning And Sharing Experiences

On September 12, the annual Regional Learning and Sharing Event for the We are Able! programme took place in Burundi. From seven countries, participants came together for one week to reflect on the past year, share experiences, learn, discover and further develop plans for 2023. All with one mission: to bring change in societies so…

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