INTRODUCTION

Historically, many persons with disabilities have been excluded from exercising their human rights, including the right to political participation. It is in this regard that UDPK has been involved in various Democracy related projects and participation in different political processes with an overwhelming idea that ,Persons with disabilities should be actively involved in the democratic activities in their country on equal basis with others.Whether it is in voter education ,voter registration,participation in political processes,Aspiring for political offices or involvement in  Democracy related work.The Voting Rights as captured in various instruments as Kenya constitution 2010,UNCRPD,Disability ACT among others

OBJECTIVES

  •  To create awareness on election processes through voter education, to persons with disabilities so that their participation in electoral processes can be enhanced.
  • To advocate with Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and Institutions so that that they are responsive to the needs of persons with different disabilities.
  •  Enabling Persons with disabilities to be more informed to participate in political and public life.
  • To empower persons with disabilities to participate in voter education process in Whole County effectively.
  • Training of elected and nominated PWD on their mandate to represent PWD 
  • Making elections as inclusive as possible by bringing all the electoral stakeholders together to see how the challenges that hinder persons with disabilities from effective participation can be solved. 

PROJECT ONE:

Leave No One Behind in Electoral Process

This project was funded by National Council of Persons with Disabilities with an aim of enabling Persons with disabilities to be more informed to participate in political and public life. This project’s main objective was to empower persons with disabilities to participate in voter education process in Whole County effectively. This project was able to accomplish its activities which include;

  • experience sharing forums for PWDs who were political aspirants,
  • awareness creation of PWD leaders on the rights to political participation and representation
  • training 30 PWD nominated on campaign management and training of elected and nominated PWD on their mandate to represent PWD in various assemblies after 2017 general elections.

PROJECT TWO:

Facilitating an equal right to vote and aspire for political positions for persons with disabilities(URAIA)

UDPK implemented this an 18-month national project funded by URAIA. The goal of the project is to create awareness on election processes through voter education, to persons with disabilities so that their participation in electoral processes can be enhanced. The project also sought to advocate with Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and Institutions so that that they are responsive to the needs of persons with different disabilities.

The project also worked with in electoral processes and Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and Institutions that are responsive to the needs of persons with different disabilities.

  • 200 political aspirants were trained on campaigns and negotiation skills, 
  • advocated for Persons with disabilities to be elected and nominated for political posts. 
  • trained a number political aspirants and candidates with disabilities and held various advocacy meetings both and county and national levels as away making sure that issues of PWDs are taken care of in various interventions by different electoral actors

PROJECT THREE:

Strengthening Participation of Persons with disabilities in the electoral process in kenya

This project is supported by Handicap International (HI) and implemented in consortium with Action Network for the disabled (ANDY). The project objectives were to make the 2017 elections as inclusive as possible by bringing all the electoral stakeholders together to see how the challenges that hinder persons with disabilities from effective participation can be resolved amicably.

  • Build capacity of some selected DPOs and issue them with grants for advocacy at the county level as well as undertake civic education

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Date:20th March, 2020

Country: KENYA

Name of the person interviewed: VALENTINE, LAIKIPIA COUNTY

Waiting for valentine to send me the photo: she was supposed to send at 3, but not yet

 

Above: Valentine and other member of Laikipia disabled women organization making soap and other sanitary essentials

“I HAD TO SPEAK UP”

Introduction

Valentine is a single mother of four children, she has physical disability and she is the founder and member of Laikipia disabled women network. That is umbrella organization for disabled women organizations in Laikipia County

Hailing from Laikipia County and residing in Nanyuki town, the 50 years old valentine has the energy and drive to advocate for women rights and provide for her family

 

 

Story

 

Valentine is both an advocate for disabled women rights and a business woman, Having separated from her husband a while ago, the onus of taking care of her children fell squarely on her shoulders and been a loving and optimistic mother, she took the challenge head on and despite the difficulties faced, valentine positive life outlook is almost infectious. She proudly told me that she is the “Advocacy champion for disabled women rights”

Valentine has been involved in efforts geared towards advocating for disabled women rights. Through one of these advocacy activities and trainings by various organizations including the UDPK is how she got introduced to the inbussiness project. She told me a story of how one of the projects, which she was involved, that dealt with empowerment issues for women and capacity building for self-advocacy was coming to an end. Then together with other group members were wondering what they will do next. Then she raised her Voice towards the end of the meeting and asked if anything could be done to ensure some form of continuity and keep the momentum gained going.Luckly, she received some practical feedback and that is how they were introduced to inbussiness project. To her inbussiness project involves not only business training but also capacity building of individuals involved and their communities at large.

Valentine is personally involved in several types of businesses; she sells second hand clothes (mitumba) at Nanyuki town. Members of other DPOs are involved in various forms of businesses: some make sanitary essentials like soap, bead making, making masks and green grocer .She say the training they have received from the inbussiness project concerning basic business concept such as book keeping, customer relationship and customer relation has not only made running a business bit easy, but it has also seen tangible improvements in revenue streams.

Valentine is quick to point out that since been involved in inbussiness project, other partners have created interest to work with them in various projects and programs including the national and county Governments, Kwao, Water for health and others.

It is valentine contention that this project has “opened doors for us” and families of women with disability and community in general are better off. “Having been visited by senior staff of the Light for the World was one of my highlight this year” Valentine tells me, before happily adding that, “they promised to come again”.

 

 

 

 

 

Date:20th March, 2020

Country: KENYA

Project: INBUSSINESS PROJECT

Name of the person interviewed: VALENTINE, LAIKIPIA COUNTY

Above: Valentine and other member of laikipia disabled women organization making soap and other sanitary essentials

“I HAD TO SPEAK UP”

Introduction

Valentine is a single mother of four children, she has physical disability and she is the founder and member of Laikipia disabled women network. That is umbrella organization for disabled women organizations in Laikipia County

Hailing from Laikipia County and residing in Nanyuki town, the 50 years old valentine  has the energy and drive to advocate for women rights and provide for her family

 

 

Story

 

Valentine is both an advocate for disabled women rights and a business woman, Having separated from her husband a while ago, the onus of taking care of her children fell squarely on her shoulders and been a loving and optimistic mother she took the challenge head on. Despite the difficulties faced, valentine positive life outlook is almost infectious. She proudly told me that she is the “champion for disabled women rights”

 

 

 

Peter nahason is 50 old and a chairperson of the disability umbrella organization, Meru North Association of persons with disability. Under the umbrella there are several Disabled Persons Organization affiliated. Having physical disability and raising a child with intellectual disability has not been a walk in the park for peter.Coupled with mirrored of difficulties for him personally and dealing with societal barriers and perceptions has always aggravated his difficult circumstance. “The reason why I keep going and getting up in the morning is because of my daughter”, peter tells me.No matter how hard things get, at back of his mind he knows he has family looking up to him.

Peter has been involved in Disability advocacy through grassroots mobilization and having attended training organized by Light for the World and UDPK his understanding of the inbussiness project is informed by activities and actions that je has been involved in.”The, inbussiness project for me, as I understand it, is offering help, in terms of training and capacity building to small business owners and groups and also show how people can advocate for themselves”. These training through the project have enabled “me and our members in the organization to be exposed more to disability related advocacy, network building and collaboration as well as with business know-how” 

Been a small scale miraa (Khat) farmer, he sells locally, but during the boom period he sells to other far flung regions in the county. Without basic business skills ,peter says that “it is challenging to run such a business without the necessary support and business knowledge ” .After the training and employing the skills learned  peter says his business saw commendable improvements, in terms  revenue and personnel morale. Human resource management and customer relation are some of the skills that pushed the business margins forward and took care of the bottom line for him. So taking care of the family becomes manageable.

Peter pointed out that the training offered by the concerned organization has assisted him personally and other member of the DPOs in Meru North Consistency on how to add value to their products in their small businesses, customer retention, customer relation and writing business proposal and searching for funds. This skill gained has seen some business owned by beneficiaries in the area improve tremendously and some loses that were been made before, due to lack of knowledge on some basic business concepts  are controlled

Date:20th March, 2020

Country: KENYA

Project: INBUSSINESS PROJECT

Name of the person interviewed: VALENTINE, LAIKIPIA COUNTY

Above: Valentine and other member of laikipia disabled women organization making soap and other sanitary essentials

“I HAD TO SPEAK UP”

Introduction

Valentine is a single mother of four children, she has physical disability and she is the founder and member of Laikipia disabled women network. That is umbrella organization for disabled women organizations in Laikipia County

Hailing from Laikipia County and residing in Nanyuki town, the 50 years old valentine  has the energy and drive to advocate for women rights and provide for her family

 

 

Story

 

Valentine is both an advocate for disabled women rights and a business woman, Having separated from her husband a while ago, the onus of taking care of her children fell squarely on her shoulders and been a loving and optimistic mother she took the challenge head on. Despite the difficulties faced, valentine positive life outlook is almost infectious. She proudly told me that she is the “champion for disabled women rights”

 

 

 

Peter nahason is 50 old and a chairperson of the disability umbrella organization, Meru North Association of persons with disability. Under the umbrella there are several Disabled Persons Organization affiliated. Having physical disability and raising a child with intellectual disability has not been a walk in the park for peter.Coupled with mirrored of difficulties for him personally and dealing with societal barriers and perceptions has always aggravated his difficult circumstance. “The reason why I keep going and getting up in the morning is because of my daughter”, peter tells me.No matter how hard things get, at back of his mind he knows he has family looking up to him.

Peter has been involved in Disability advocacy through grassroots mobilization and having attended training organized by Light for the World and UDPK his understanding of the inbussiness project is informed by activities and actions that je has been involved in.”The, inbussiness project for me, as I understand it, is offering help, in terms of training and capacity building to small business owners and groups and also show how people can advocate for themselves”. These training through the project have enabled “me and our members in the organization to be exposed more to disability related advocacy, network building and collaboration as well as with business know-how” 

Been a small scale miraa (Khat) farmer, he sells locally, but during the boom period he sells to other far flung regions in the county. Without basic business skills ,peter says that “it is challenging to run such a business without the necessary support and business knowledge ” .After the training and employing the skills learned  peter says his business saw commendable improvements, in terms  revenue and personnel morale. Human resource management and customer relation are some of the skills that pushed the business margins forward and took care of the bottom line for him. So taking care of the family becomes manageable.

Peter pointed out that the training offered by the concerned organization has assisted him personally and other member of the DPOs in Meru North Consistency on how to add value to their products in their small businesses, customer retention, customer relation and writing business proposal and searching for funds. This skill gained has seen some business owned by beneficiaries in the area improve tremendously and some loses that were been made before, due to lack of knowledge on some basic business concepts  are controlled

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