NEWS: Disability Rights Fund Makes Grants to 33 Organizations in 7 Countries

Posted on 10 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Funding, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, News, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disability Rights Fund Makes Grants to 33 Organizations in 7 Countries

November 3, 2008

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a groundbreaking collaborative to support the human rights of people with disabilities around the world– today announced funding decisions from its first request for proposals. A total of $800,000 will be gifted to 33 organizations in seven countries. The grants will support work to raise awareness about the rights of people with disabilities, build coalitions and networks, and develop advocacy and monitoring activities, in connection with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

DRF grantees share the goal of advancing the rights of people with disabilities at the country-level. Recipients include:
• A Ugandan organization of lawyers with disabilities.
• An emergent Peruvian group of people with psycho-social disabilities.
• A grassroots network in Bangladesh of women-led disabled persons’ organizations.
The full grantee list is posted on the DRF website, and is available upon request.

“As the disability rights movement gains new impetus through the UN Convention we are delighted to play our part by placing new funding in the hands of DPOs to enable them to advance rights at country level,” stated DRF Co-Chair, William Rowland. DRF Director, Diana Samarasan, added “It is an auspicious day to put money in the hands of organizations run by people with disabilities. The first Conference of States Parties to the Convention is being held at the UN; the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is being elected. The work of translating the Convention from paper to practice is before us.”

Grantees were selected after a rigorous review process which included review by DRF’s Steering Committee, a committee composed of donor representatives and people with disabilities from the Global South.

DRF’s donors include: an anonymous founding donor, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Open Society Institute, the UK’s Department for International Development, and the American Jewish World Service.

A grantee list can be requested from DRF by writing to Or you can consult the Grantee web page at the Disability Rights Fund website.


As an addendum from this We Can Do editor, I would like to encourage readers to consult the Disability Rights Fund website to learn about upcoming funding opportunities from their organization for projects to promote the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Readers may also wish to consult their extensive resource listings to find resources that can help them learn how to raise funds, find funding sources, and use the CRPD to promote the human rights of people with disabilities in their country.

Thank you to Diana Samarasan for circulating this press release.

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i want to appreciate the gesture of the leadership of disability rights fund to africa. however, i will want them to extend this geesture to nigeria as we have the largest population of persons with disabilities in the continent.

Dear Sir / Medam

Sub : YARDS – Non Government Organization – Registered under society Act and FCRA – 12A – 80G – PAN – Networking NGO – 10 NGOs – Andhra Pradesh – India – Since 1994 – Education – Health – Economical – Agricultural development programmes – support – co-operation – request – regarding.

“Greeting from YARDS”

Youth Association for Rural Development Society (YARDS) is registered in 1994 under society Registration Act 1860. YARDS organization working for poor and needy people in our operation area in Andhra Pradesh, India and Our Development activities like Health, Education, Economical and Agricultural sectors and Target group is Women, Children, Farmers, Physically challenged people, Old age people and HIV infected and affective families, SC,ST Dalith Communities etc.

YARDS have also FCRA in 2000 and 12A, 80G and PAN. Since 1994, Organization conducted Awareness campaigns, Training programmes, Mass Meetings, Workshops, and Cultural Programmes Old Age Home, primary and Adult Education Centers, Enabling Environment, Self Help Groups Mobilization and Formation, Child Rights Education, Child labour, Life skills Education, Mother and Child Health, Safe Drinking water, Social Forest, Seasonal diseases, Immunization, Quality Services for STI, HIV/AIDS Infected and effected families in Prakasam, Nellore and Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh.

In this Respect, We specially request to your Kind Organization to Support and co-operation for our Organization.

Awaiting Kind Support and co-operation for your respective Organization / Institutions

Heartily Thanking you All

Yours faithfully

Kotaiah. G

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hello sir Kotaiah. G(YARDS). Can you please call me on 9000790225

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