Initiatives from this group

CREATION OF JOBS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE.
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Disabled people face two major difficulties: the first one is that of their disability and the second of these is poverty. Poverty pushes these people towards begging, especially in urban and semi-urban areas where they go to seek refuge. AIPH (Support for Initiatives for People with Disabilities) is convinced that working is better than begging and thus we try to help find solutions to overcome the poverty affecting disabled people by implementing income generating activities (we currently run sewing and pig/goat farming activities and will soon start fish farming).

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Lobbying efforts supporting social inclusion for people with disabilities.
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In 2007 the international community, including the UN, had understood that an international convention on the rights of people with disabilities was necessary in order to ensure that these people have access to rights to the same extent as other people and in all areas of life.

This convention came into force in many countries in 2006 but Burundi continues to lag behind and is now the only country in Eastern Africa that has not created a text to apply this convention on the national level. That is why AIPH, working alongside other organisations for people with disabilities in Burundi, lobbies the Burundi government to adopt provisions to apply this UN convention.

Why do we need to lead advocacy work? The content of the convention has not been heard neither by the beneficiaries (disabled people) nor by those who are responsible for implementing it. The authorities seem not to know where to start to apply this convention. The State is also afraid of committing to this work as it would require significant financial investment despite the fact that this is the State's role in this matter.

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