Utho Ngathi Disability Projects is an organisation that seeks to help Persons with Disabilities who are in rural, isolated and often disadvantaged areas of Southern Africa. The organisation works in partnership with government agencies and other organisations to deliver necessary and relevant support to people with disabilities. The number of people living with disabilities in the Southern African region is estimated to be 10 to 15% of the population which translates to about 18 million people. Of these 18 million only about 2% have access to support necessary for their disabilities. The sad facts also show that 90% of children with intellectual disabilities in Africa die before they reach the age of 5 years. The Zulu expression of Utho Ngathi means “I am someone because of you, and you are someone because of me”, and embodies the concept that "we are all of value to each other" This drives our vision to "unleash the potential of a million people with disabilities in Southern Africa."
Utho Ngathi’s key focus is to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities and to make inclusion a reality for their lives. Utho Ngathi aims to stress the importance of including rather than excluding persons with disabilities from family and community life. It also aims to provide the necessary support services to enable persons with disabilities to reach their full potential. The Road to Changes Program is designed for the inclusion and integration of persons with disabilities into society’s mainstream activities.
From the 9th to the 13th of March 2020 Utho Ngathi Disability Projects trained 12 Young People from Soweto in Home Based Care for Persons with Disabilities. Our own Home Based Care Manual was used for this 5 Day training. 12 Young People from Soweto attended our Training and gained knowledge and practical experience on 4 Modules, essential for the Home Based Care for Persons with Disabilities and their Families. The content of the training equipped the Learners for the Home Based Care Training Practical in House Holds of Persons with Disabilities.
Our learners were very interested and eager to learn more about Disabilities and the importance of Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the daily life of our communities. We are planning to involve these 12 young people in our Home Based Care Project within Soweto. We have to develop a fundraising strategy for this important project.
Our mission is to unleash the potential of a million people with disabilities in Southern Africa
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To make this Road to Changes a reality for Persons with Disabilities in Southern Africa, Utho Ngathi Disability Projects is implementation six (6) interrelated projects in South Africa and Zambia.
They are the cornerstones of the “A Road to Changes” programme.
Utho Ngathi's comprehensive "A Road To Changes" program, in partnership with Government Agencies and other Non-Governmental Organizations, can effectively address the dire challenges faced by persons with disabilities in the southern African Development Community (SADC).
To carry out our objectives Utho Ngathi has already started with the implementation of six interrelated projects. They are the cornerstones of the “A Road to Changes” programme.Read More
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