Projects

Because of the limited funds, the board members have financed everything themselves so far, as can be seen in finance. Despite successes having been achieved by ACI, people with disabilities still face many challenges. To address these problems, Able Child Initiatives has created various projects. Yet, funds are absent for them to start off. The Shoemaking Project is the projects which is going to be actualised first once funds are available.

So far, the board members of Able Child Initiatives (ACI) have financed everything themselves as can be seen under Finances. Despite successes having been achieved, people with disabilities (PWD) still face many challenges in Mbeya. ACI has identified the problems that PWD face and ACI has created goals. In order to achieve these goals, ACI has created various projects. Yet, funds are absent for them to start off. The Shoemaking Project is the project which is going to be actualised first once funds are available.

Current Project(s)

Shoemaking Project

The Shoemaking Project is the project that ACI has decided to focus on. This is the case because after CWD have been educated, they can often be found on the streets. This is not what education is created for! Therefore, job opportunities are to be provided. A very sustainable way to do so is by teaching people with disabilities how to make shoes. As can be seen in the Budget Plan, all arrangements have already been made. The only missing part is the funds. $5.006 is required to start off of the project. Once the project has kicked off, no more funds are required as the business is designed to be self-sustainable.

Once the funds are raised, Damas Mwambenja is continuously going to train a one group of around five students every half a year. After the education, the graduates will work at the stand at the Mwanjelwa market in the city centre of Mbeya. During the course of two years, the $5.006 will be spend and the project will continue and become financially independent.

Damas, who was supported by ACI to study shoemaking in Dar es Salaam, is going to be the teacher in the project.Leonard, who has to sustain his family, is unemployed and has difficulty finding a job. He is going to be a student in the project.  

Future Projects

Training teachers on children with disabilities

This project is the second most elaborated project. It addresses the problem of schools not being accessible for CWD. Based on David Werner’s book Disabled Village Children, ACI wants to create a course of multiple weeks in which mainly teachers, but also government officials and community members are informed about CWD.

Everistus Nditi is the headmaster of Juhudi Primary School. This school has more than 2.000 children of which 45 have very serious disabilites due to which they require special education. Yet, they participate in regular classes as Juhudi Primary School does not have a teacher educated to teach CWD. Everistus is a candidate for the project of educating teachers. Judith Shawa is a teacher at Juhudi Primary School and she also acknowledges the importance of teachers being educated about CWD. Judith is also a candidate for the project of educating teachers.

Assisting mothers to become financially independent

Because the mothers of CWD tend to stay at home to take care of their CWD, they remain financially dependent upon their husband, family members or other people. To combat this, ACI wants to execute a project in which a group of 25 mothers will do agriculture, chicken farming or pottery.

This is Elina Shila and her family. She is the mother of five. Her three children in the photo all have a serious disability. Her husband passed away in 2006. She does not have a stable job and one way she earns money is by going onto the streets to carry luggage. Elina is one of the 25 identified mother who will participate in the project.

Building toilets for children with disabilities

The attendence rate of CWD in Tanzania and Mbeya is very low. One of the main reasons is a lack of infrastructure, for instance toilets. Therefore, in order to increase the attendance rate of CWD, ACI wants to build special toilets in various primary schools in Mbeya. Plans and budget plans have been made but they are not as accurate and well developed as for the other projects. They can be provided upon request.

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