An estimated one billion people or 15% of the world's population lives with a disability (World Bank). For those also living in poverty, with limited access to health care, water, hygiene and sanitation facilities, education and employment, the challenges are amplified.
Discrimination, social stigma and exclusion of people with disability in vulnerable communities may also impact their ability to participate meaningfully in their communities.
people live with a disability while also experiencing poverty
of people with disabilities live in developing countries
The World Bank estimates that 20% of the world’s poorest people are living with some kind of disability.
Around 80% of people living with a disability are based in countries where communities often lack the governance, infrastructure, and facilities to support them. People with disabilities live without many basic services that others find easier to access, such as health care and education.
The reduced access to education or skill-building opportunities makes it difficult for people living with disabilities to find employment and to build a stable livelihood. The lack of suitable health care makes them more vulnerable to disease which, in turn, adds to the occurrence of health issues in developing countries.
Along with the physical stress that they experience, people with disabilities often experience emotional stress from social stigma and discrimination, inhibited from engaging in communal activities with limited support to develop their independence.
Genuine, long-lasting development necessitates an environment where all people have a chance to grow – especially those living with disability. A community’s ability to thrive is directly reflected in the way it cares for its most vulnerable members.
We are working with communities in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Middle East and Australia to create awareness and build more inclusive societies that proactively support and empower people with disabilities.
Our programs are helping to drive disability inclusion by building awareness among communities and providing essential life skills training to people living with disability.
Hoa, a single mother from Vietnam, was a farmer until an accident prevented her from performing heavy physical tasks. We were able to help Hoa take up fishing which is enabling her to continue to support herself and her daughter. Hoa’s tale is only one of many stories of how people living with disability in Vietnam were able to overcome their challenging circumstances by participating in our programs.
I am very proud. I enjoy being a role model to show that as a woman with a disability I can still do hard work. I know I can do it!
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