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Young people with disabilities to benefit from skilling project in Rwanda

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Photo: Heather H.

Over 1,200 young people with disabilities will be equipped with technical and business skills to create an inclusive environment to access employment opportunities.

USAID will fund the $1.5 million initiative, and the activity will tackle barriers that hinder young people with disabilities from attaining employment opportunities, addressing both the labor market’s supply and demand sides.

“USAID is partnering with Rwanda to equip young with the skills they need for successful employment or self-employment, as well as to create a society in which persons with disabilities participate fully,” said Leslie Marbury, USAID’s Mission Director in Rwanda.

The project “Umurimo kuri bose” targets 1,560 youths, including 360 young people with disabilities, and 60% of the team has to be made up of females.

They must be people between the age of 18-35, in the lower Ubudehe categories, and with low education levels.

“Our goal is to minimize isolation and ensure that deaf and hard of hearing persons are not left behind, said Samuel Munana, the Executive Director of the Rwanda National Union of the Deaf. .”

The two-year project will be implemented in 12 districts in Rwanda.

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