The Oliva Project
Children with disabilities in Uganda are the most marginalized. They are called “kasiru” in the local language, meaning stupid. Families commonly face shame for having a disabled child and have a lack of understanding of how to care for the child’s disability resulting in abuse or often neglect. With a slowly developing special education system, 97% of children with disabilities are not completing even a primary education and facing a bleak future.
The Oliva Project is dedicated to changing this. We are improving the special education system in Uganda by sponsoring and training teachers, initialing vocation training programs and providing outreach to families and communities. We are helping these children develop the skills necessary to become more independent and self sustaining. We are working to prove that disability does not mean inability and to give children with disabilities a better future.