The Sustainable Development Goals must consider persons with disabilities

If there is an area that MDGs did not do so well in all the 8 goals is to clearly mainstream vulnerable groups of people including persons with disabilities.

This is not only in some parts of the world but all over!!

here comes 17 Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 1 – No poverty
  • Goal 2 – Zero hunger
  • Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
  • Goal 4 – Quality Education
  • Goal 5 – Gender Equality
  • Goal 6 – Clean water and Sanitation
  • Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10 – Reduced inequalities
  • Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 14 – Life Below Water
  • Goal 15 – Life on Land
  • Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

Persons with disabilities should be engaged at all levels in order to seek for their practical experience as far as benefiting to services and programmes is concerned.

Lets not repeat the practices of exclusion in the SDGs since the call for inclusion started early.






UWEZO Joins Rwandans to celebrate the Internation Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 3rd December 2015

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is a United Nations event that is celebrated year on the 3rd December.

This event is aimed at promoting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities by celebrating the achievents towards inclusion and emphasize on the challen


The 2015 theme is: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.

Worldwide, an estimate of 1 billion of the world’s inhabitants are people with disabilities and in Rwanda its approximately 5% of 10.5 million people.

UWEZO Youth Empowerment joined Rwanda to celebrate the event in 4 different sites.

  1. National Celebrations held in Musanze District at Ubworoherane Stadium-Northern Province
  2. In Ngororero district as invited by the Ngororero District Authorities-Western Province
  3. In Gasabo District where UWEZO was born and registered-Kigali City
  4. In Kicukiro District where UWEZO Headquaters are situated. In Kicukiro District, UWEZO financially contributed to the event and paid money for medical insurance for 20 vulnerable persons with disabilities.


We are grateful for the active participation of youth with disabilities across the country and encourage them to keep their hard working and foster inclusion.

DOT Rwanda strengthens partnership with UWEZO


On April 14th 2015, In a partnership with DOT Rwanda, UWEZO Youth Empowerment is implementing the ReachUp and Startup Programs. This project is comes as a response to the most the alarming need to empower youth with disabilities with employable skills. The programs equip youth with disabilities with tools and capabilities that enables them to advance their economic status by building successful, sustainable livelihoods. The training brings together up to 20 youth with different disabilities for a month long intensive training held at UWEZO Offices in Kicukiro District near Zinia Market.

UWEZO is a national NGO that works towards the empowerment of children and youth with disabilities and it is registered since 2014.

DOT Rwanda is a leading international social enterprise headquartered in Canada with local operations in 14 countries around the globe, including Rwanda. DOT Rwanda. DOT Rwanda’s programs focus on the capacity development of young people and entrepreneurs, emphasizing 21st Century workforce readiness skills and using technology to unlock creative capacity.

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Uwezo Youth Empowerment (UWEZO) starts with a high gear.

by Bahati Satir outh Omar

Founder of UWEZO.

Uwezo Youth Empowerment is a non profit youth organisation driven by building the capacities of children and youth with impairments and other disantages in a Rwandan Community.

The organisation envisons a society where children and youth with disabilities and other disantaged fully participate and enjoy their dignified life.

in this case, UWEZO mobilizes youth people with disabilities to join effort and build their capacities towards reducing barriers in the society that limits their participation.

UWEZO believes that if youth with impairments are given equal chances of participating in the society their work can be valued as well.

in this case, UWEZO is progressively instilling volunteerism spirit among youth with impairments as an option for not having jobs and also removing attitudinal barriers in the workplaces.

a two days was organized to promote national volunteering among youth with disabilities on 26th and 27th March 2013 at Rainbow Hotel, Kigali.

The training was sponsored by VSO International Rwanda and the National Union of Disabilities’ Organizations of Rwanda (NUDOR).

45 youth with different disabilities were trained in National volunteering and many organizations shared their experience like the Rwanda Guides Association, Volunteers from the Humanitarian Organisations etc..

The President of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities Mr Gaston RUSIHA assured participants of their support.


Aluta continua!!!