The two-way link between poverty and disability creates a vicious cycle. Poor people are more at risk of acquiring a
disability because of lack of access to good nutrition, health care, sanitation, as well as safe living and working conditions.
Once this occurs, people face barriers to the education, employment, and public services that can help them escape
Disability rates in the population are higher among groups with lower educational level in the countries of the Organization
for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). On average, 19 per cent of less educated people have disabilities,
compared to 11 per cent among the better educated.
Ninety per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school, says UNESCO. Persons with
disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence or rape, according to a 2004 British study, and less likely to obtain
police intervention, legal protection or preventive care. Research indicates that violence against children with disabilities
occurs at annual rates at least 1.7 times greater than for their peers without disabilities. Claims for disability benefits are
surging in industrialized countries - up to 600 percent in some nations - encouraging governments, private companies and
unions to search for ways to get disabled people back to work, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Discriminatory practices continue to deny persons with disabilities, as well as workers who become disabled, access to
work. Two-thirds of the unemployed respondents with disabilities said they would like to work but could not find jobs. An
estimated 386 million of the world's working-age people have some kind of disability, says the International Labor
Organization (ILO). Unemployment among the persons with disabilities is as high as 80 per cent in some countries.

Approximately 10% of Ghana’s 20 million citizens are persons with disability (PWD). Although their rights are guaranteed
both by Ghana’s Constitution and by international conventions, in reality these provisions have offered them very little
actual protection against discrimination. The poverty situation of persons with disability in Ghana is much severe
compared to non-disabled persons. Many of the PWDs actually languish in extreme poverty with high degree of
unemployment and under employment. The Labour Act 2003 and Disability Act 2006 however have provisions that seek to
address some of the issues that contribute to extreme poverty among PWDs. The Labour Act and its accompanied Labour
Regulation 2007 call for the setting up of disablement unit in each district to assist PWDs who need employment.
Ghana has recognised the rights of people with disabilities, thus guaranteeing their rightful place in society. But to turn
these legal rights in a revolution in which the diversity is fully accepted and lived, then negative attitudes must be turned
to constructive attitudes. Positive attitudes will ensure that social resources are invested in our communities for the
attainment of institutions that are more inclusive, more democratic so that our society will be prosperous.
It is in this regard that a number of N.G.Os are rising to the challenge to improve the lives of persons with disability, and
our organization, Stichting Able Men is one of such who seek to offer entrepreneurial skill training for the disabled and
raise funds to equip them to start their own businesses and become economically well-grounded. Persons with disabilities
have the right to be in control of directing the affairs of their lives. Contrary to the traditional practice whereby persons
with disabilities were relegated to the background and handled by the community in a way that seems best to them; the
new awakening projects the centrality of the person with disability.
This project seeks to reduce unemployment rates among the disabled and increase their economic viability.

The goal of this project is to empower the disabled in society to achieve economic advancement.

The objectives of this project is to;
1. To decrease the rate of unemployment among the disabled
2. To increase the number of disabled entrepreneurs and improve the quality of their lives


The following strategies are devised to ensure the achievement of our objectives. The corresponding activities are also
duly outlined.
• Capacity building
Through training sessions in sewing, bead-making, cane basketry and furniture making, among other crafts, the disabled
are offered requisite vocational skills.
Yearly exhibitions will be held during which auction sale of handiworks will be organised. Proceeds from the auction sale
will be giving to graduating batch of trainees as capital for setting up on their own.
Though currently starting in Kumasi, we hope to spread our tentacles to other regions of Ghana by the next five years to
enable more people with disabilities access this opportunity of learning entrepreneurial skills
From time to time, open fora will be organised to give the newly made entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their
challenges as new entrepreneurs and also seek further knowledge in their respective vocations.
Stichting Able Men shall liaison with other NGO bodies in Ghana, Africa and around the world, by partaking in conferences,
seminars and workshops that bother on issues on disability, in order to be better equipped to advance the cause of this
• Awareness raising –
Stichting Able Men seeks to publicize their cause through information centers in rural communities, the main stream
media[( radio, television, print media) as well as social media in view of raising awareness of the opportunity available and
giving more people with disabilities, the chance to be trained and assisted to set up business.
• Organizational development –
• Research & Development -

The results of this project will ultimately improve societal life and promote national development. Training the disabled in
society will yield a great output of ensuring each trainee acquires useful entrepreneurial skills. The outcome of this will be
economic empowerment and the impact will be improved livelihood for the disabled and their dependant relatives as they
gain financial independence.
*Monitoring and Evaluation
Although it is the responsibility of the donor to carry out monitoring and evaluation of the project, it usually seeks the plan
from the implementing NGO about it.
Monitoring and evaluation enables constant check on the activities and helps review the progress made at every step.
Monitoring should be the integral part of project implementation; in fact, there should be an internal mechanism to
monitor the results, risks, assumptions and performance regularly through meetings and submission reports.
The Management Information Systems (MIS) is often used as a mechanism to undertake monitoring. The baseline
information is critical to the monitoring process.
Involving external entities such as donors, government people, consultants etc in monitoring would give a good
opportunity to collect feedback, provide exposure to the work and also explore new options. Evaluation is carried out by
an external agency during the mid-term or in the end part of the project.

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