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Capacity Building on Entreprenual Skills of the Persons with Disability at United Disability Empowerment of Kenya

By Joan Waithira Githinji - B. Arts (Social Sciences)

The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Dignity and Rights of Disabled People has provided among others the four chapters which cover the all aspects of life of disabled persons. This includes preconditions for equal participation, target areas for equal participation, implementation measures and the monitoring mechanism.  The convention recognises that disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others (UN, 2006).

Community based rehabilitation programmes (CBR) have been put in place to better the livelihoods of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and being HIV infected at the same time. Hence having a number of Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) and Community based organization (CBO)that focus on disability and HIV such as; Handicap International, Hope and Faith Centre for the Disabled, United Disability Empowerment of Kenya among others.

The project focused on capacity building on entrepreneur skills. Expected outcome on PWDs proved to create more savings and an ability to sustain and expand the already existing businesses. The project ran for a period of two months.