This Thursday 29th April 2021, The National Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda NUDOR, launched the project “Work and Respect” to facilitate persons with disabilities especially youth by Technical and Vocational Education and Training to create jobs and be respected as other people on work. The project is for three years and is funded by Liliane Foundation.
Launching the project, The NUDOR Secretary General of NUDOR Mr. Samuel MUNANA insisted that persons with disabilities have different challenges that differ from their different categories of disabilities and recommended the project launched to tackle all of these categories of disabilities by providing to them the Technical and Vocational Education and Training and help them to create jobs.
In this launch, the Executive Secretary of NUDOR Mr. NSENGIYUMVA Jean Damascène reflected on NUDOR vision and mission as an organisation that started working in 2010 by eight member organizations. He said that the main objective of the organization is advocacy accompanied by some field activities on National level. This advocacy mainly focuses on changing the mindset for persons with disabilities, service providers, decision makers and the community in general about persons with disabilities rights, ability and how they should be treated.
He also insisted that the aim of NUDOR advocacy is to be like a role model to the community to show the ability of persons with disabilities and how they can work and become wealthy and healthy. “We want to be a role model for leaders and decision makers to show that persons with disabilities have ability to do many thing without a high cost as some of them think and we are happy that today some of them changed their mindsets towards persons with disabilities. We wish that NUDOR can be a role model and when it supports maybe 50 youth, the District can learn from it and support maybe other 50, 100 or 200 persons with disabilities depending on their capacity” He said. H also said that NUDOR made a huge achievements but still the journey is not yet finished.
In her remarks, Mrs. TURYASHEMERERWA Jacqueline, The Work and Respect project manager said that generally most people think that persons with disability are not able to perform anything, and convinced participants that it is time to show their ability by providing to them the Technical and Vocational Education and Training and help them to create jobs. The “Work and Respect project will be operating in three countries namely Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda and in Rwanda will be working in three districts of Nyanza, Ngororero and Musanze. It will target 200 youth from 16 to 35 years old that will get trainings and tool kits to start new jobs.