Persons with Disability have asked the government to increase the special grant allocated to disability groups from Shillings 5 million to at least Shillings 30 million to enable them implement successful income generating activities.
Disabilities – PWDs in Wakiso District have asked the government to increase
the amount of money disbursed to them.
The Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development - MGLSD started
giving out a Special Grant to organized PWDs groups in the 2009/10 financial]
The purpose of the grant was to support income-generating activities of Persons
with Disabilities, to provide employment, improve the income status and enable
them to become partners in the development process of the country.
Coordinator of Kaliiti Disabled Women Network, Princess Mazzi Deborah Nakayenga
said that the government allocated 5 Billion Shillings to 146 districts across the
country but it is inadequate.
She explained that the number of disability cases is on increase every day and
that the number of people joining disability groups is increasing due to
rampant accidents in the country.
Nakayenga said that they have properly utilized the special grant but it is inadequate
given the disability population that is increasing every day.
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Nakayenga made the remarks while demonstrating chalk making project at Wakiso
District Disability offices ahead of International disability day. She
explained that the school chalk project is an investment out of the 5 Million
Shillings given to them by the government through the ministry of gender.
On December 3, the disability movement in Uganda joins the rest of the world to
commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and this year’s
theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an
inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”
Nakayenga explained that following the countrywide lockdown, as a government
measure to curb the spread Covid-19 pandemic, all their activities came to a
standstill after the schools they were serving closed down.
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She said that the failure of the Microfinance Support Center to provide them with
soft loans leaves them with the option of going to Commercial banks which ask
for high interest.