KADUPDI’s Work & Accomplishments
As an umbrella organisation, KADUPEDI coordinates and guides the work of its affiliated members through a wide variety of projects. KADUPEDI also undertakes project that have district-wide relevance or those that apply to a cross-section of people with specific disabilities.
Nationally, KADUPEDI is a member of the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), and works closely with the Uganda National Association of the Blind (UNAB) and Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD). KADUPEDI also works with international organizations like the International Republican Institute (IRI), Handicap International and Oxfam-GB.
KADUPEDI’s work is carried out at two levels: District-level and Grassroots level.
District Level Activities
Advocacy and Lobbying
The main thrust of KADUPEDI’s activities has been in advocating and lobbying on behalf of PWDs in the district.
This is an ongoing activity. KADUPEDI works with other organizations of PWDs as well as those that provide broader but related services.
KADUPEDI undertakes district-wide projects, like the Kasese District Programme to Fight Infringement of Disability Rights (2005), the Promotion of Employment Rights of PWDs and Economic Empowerment of PWDs. In the last few months, KADUPEDI has undertaken two special projects: i) HIV/AIDS project to raise awareness and provide information and tools to PWDs, and, ii) OD-Youth project to empower Youth with Disabilities (YWDs).
KADUPEDI provides its expertise and organizational support to specific groups of PWDs like the hearing-impaired in forming an association of the deaf (KADIDA) and the formation of a support group for HIV-positive PWDs.
KADUPEDI’s affiliated member associations in sub-counties and parishes carry out grassroots activities ranging from microcredit savings and loans to tree planting, and from computer training to basket weaving.