Organizations in Afghanistan, Asia, Kenya, Uganda

Posted on 28 August 2007. Filed under: Blogroll, Cross-Disability, Deaf, East Asia Pacific Region, Resources, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In an earlier blog post, I pointed to the web sites for a few, major, international cross-disability organizations that are involved in developing countries (and often developed countries as well). If you’re looking for far smaller organizations that work with more specialized disability communities, or within a specific country or state or province, the mega-sized organizations are often the best starting point. In many cases, the big organizations know how to find the smaller ones that share an interest with them.

I don’t ever expect to replace any of the big organizations in helping people find the smaller, more specialized organizations relevant to your interests. People will still need to turn to the more centralized organizations particularly for finding organizations that do not yet have Internet access. Given that 1.6 billion people around the world still do not have electricity, much less an Internet connection, it is probably safe to assume that most smaller, local disability organizations in developing countries don’t have even an email account, and certainly not a web page.

But I do, from time to time, learn about a web site established by a “DPO” (organization run by disabled people) in a developing country. Here are a few examples listed below. Please do let me know of more (including your own); I’d be happy to link to them in a future post.
The Afghan Disabled Union (ADU) works to ensure the participation of
disabled people in development. They are working on plans to offer
vocational training and small loans to disabled people. Look under
“publications” for their curriculums for advocacy training and capacity
building workshops, and also for a survey conducted among disabled Afghans
on accessibility issues. Cultural restrictions in Afghanistan prohibit
mixed-gender gatherings; accordingly, ADU plans to encourage female
trainers to join them and provide training to female participants.
The Asian Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD)Project is
coordinated between the governments of Japan and Thailand to promote the
empowerment of people with disabilities and a barrier-free society in the
Asia Pacific region. They have offered workshops in Information and
Communication Technologies for people with print disabilities (vision
impairments, dyslexia etc)and training in Community Based Rehabilitation
(CBR). Although some of their training is provided regionally, many of
their programs seem to be targeted at people in Thailand.
Disability Kenya, this cross-disability web site has what appears to be a growing collection of news and information about blind people, people with mobility impairments, and Deaf people in Kenya. (If they also include other disabilities then I didn’t see them in my quick glance at their web site.) Do see their links on health (which emphasizes HIV/AIDS prevention, particularly among Deaf people), education, and policy.
The Uganda National Association of the Deaf is devoted to educating and
empowering Deaf people in Uganda. They have launched a sign language
training program for teachers of deaf children in Gulu, as well as a
training program for sign language interpreters and other activities.

If you know of more web sites of interest to poor people with disabilities in developing countries, or to people who work with them, please leave a comment here with the full URL link. Or, if you prefer, you may email me at ashettle[at] (Where it says [at] substitute the @ at sign, no brackets; I’m presenting my email address in this cumbersome way to fool automated spam harvesters.)

As mentioned elsewhere in this blog, I also encourage submissions of essays; opinion pieces; case studies of projects that have succeeded–or that have failed–and why; resources and training materials that might be helpful to people working out in the field with disability communities in developing countries … whatever you have that you think might fit the purpose of the We Can Do blog. (See the pages on “About We Can Do” and also “Why We Can Do” — you can link to them from the top navigation bar from any page in this blog site). If I agree with you that it is appropriate to We Can Do, and if I like it, then I might publish it right here as a fresh blog post–credited, of course, to you as the author.

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[…] Finding organizations Mainstream international development agencies sometimes say that they don’t know how to find people with disabilities, or their representative organizations, in the developing countries where they work. Reviewing the July post entitled Finding Local Disability Organizations may help point you in the right direction. Also see Disability Organizations in Afghanistan, Asia, Kenya, Uganda. […]

Dear All:

Hope that you will be in good health.

The Afghan Disabled Union ADU has been renamed to Development & Ability Organization (DAO). This was done to ensure that we are no longer using negative words for persons with disabilities such as “Disabled”, which in English language can also mean “unable” and Mayoub/Mayoubin in Afghanistan’s national languages.

DAO will present a copy of our new registration certificate with the Ministry of Economy to the donors and the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled with an official letter explaining the change of our name from Afghan Disabled Union ADU to Development & Ability Organization DAO.

However please note that our official emails will remain the same as before until 25/4/2008 and then it will be changed to, and

For further information on DAO please refer to our website although it is now under construction. Please also forgive me for any duplicate posting.

Kind regards,

Omara Khan Muneeb
Director DAO which was
Formerly Afghan Disabled Union ADU.

Dear Members organizations of the people with Disability:

Please add Accessibility Organization for Afghan Disabled (AOAD) from Kabul, Afghanistan and see our website in the following:

i would to share the knowledge as sign language interpreter


Dear Sir / Madam,
Kindly this information for our Organisation, this organisation has been registed in 2006 as Masaku Deaf Community Based Organisation and it is a Self Help Group, this organisation is back ground and has nones can support it since started upto this moment, As l am the Chairman therefore l come out and seeking for awishing who can assistance for grants to this our organisationto enable us start up project for workshop for members and their family.
And am still requestly all the BOARDS OF FUNDS for persons with disabilities to assistances grants to this oganisation..Please do reply to this reply..

hi please let me learn abit slow because am newhere and l will start my best feelback to you..

hi am simon from uganda,am happy to hear about this organisation and i would like to offer my assistance as a sign language interpreter to people with hearing impairment and disabled people.thanx so much.i apreciate your works. may God bless your works.

>Dear Sir/Madam,
> Kindly we are deaf committee members of above group as Masaku Deaf Community Based Organisation,it is a self help group, based in Kenya,working together in different technial asplits ,with the sole aim being to empower individual members attain financial & economic independence.
> Through over the years as a group we have faced hardships and constraints inachieving our aims & goals majorly because of two reasons,one our deaf denies us a fair opportunity and inadquate funds to expand and mordernise our trade.
> Hence the major reason of proposing for a grant that e will make us equally competitive and keep the group back to business.
>Considering most of the members are fairlessness and staying in the slums,we are request the Managements of your organisation for this grant in order to enable us to empower financially through business to enable them carter for their families.
> Thank you we hope to hear forward for yours.
> Yours Sincerely
> JEREMIAH MAKAU(Org.Chairman).

Community Centre for the Disabled (CCD): A Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities is an NGO in Kabul, Afghanistan. We are one of the organisations working for the rights of persons with disabilities in Afghanistan. We are in the process of developing our strategic plan for 2015 – 2019. For the moment, please have a look at what we are doing at We want to build and strengthen partnerships with like-minded organisations.

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