(Nothing For Us Without Us)
According to UNICEF(2015), 7% of Zimbabwe’s population are people with disabilities. People with Disabilities (PWDs) in developing countries are often faced with exclusion and discrimination due to their disability.
The right to work is a fundamental right for all individuals, very few PWD report that they are formally employed compared to their able bodied counterparts. The inclusion of PWD was put in place under the Disability Benefit Act by the Zimbabwean Government in 1992. However this has not led to any fruitful inclusion of PWD as they are believed to be only 2% of PWD that are formally employed (NASCOH, 2014).
As a result of unemployment, underemployment and lack of employability skills, a significant number of PWDs have found themselves entangled in the poverty web. Disability and poverty reinforce each other, thereby contributing to increased vulnerability among PWDs. Believing that economic emancipation for PWDs is crucial to disrupt the reinforcement of poverty and disability, Harambe Trust is focused on creating an inclusive society that gives PWDs agency and allows PWDs to be empowered and less dependent on others for their survival.
*Please note that Harambe Trust has mainstreamed disability into all its programming.