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Helping Hands Program

LVDC aims to empower targeted teachers, parents, medics and clerics with basic skills to assist aid, teach and communicate with PwDs.

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What problem does your idea solve?

1. Communication barrier. 2. Lack of education and sensitivity to disability issues making it difficult for PwDs to access services and needed help. 3. Discrimination, misconception and stigma

Explain your idea

Lake Victoria Disability Center (LVDC) teaches disabled young people practical vocational skills giving them an opportunity to become independent members of their communities. However, LVDC through its operations has identified a gap existing among various stakeholders (teachers, clerics, medics and parents) when it comes to communicating, teaching and assisting people with disabilities. Therefore, the center intends to run a special training program that will facilitate learning of basic sign language skills, how to communicate effectively with PwDs and help remove the misconception, discrimination and stigma people with disabilities face in accessing basic social services.

Who benefits?

The beneficiaries are PwDs, the Community and the targeted Stakeholders in Mara and neighboring Regions where LVDC operates. Over 100 PwDs' parents/guardians, identified school teachers, clerics and medics will be involved.

How is your idea unique?

Besides helping PwDs directly, this method will allow sharing of knowledge and awareness on how to deal with PwDs addressing effectively issues such as communication, discrimination and stigma. LVDC has several years of experience and facility where these stakeholders will learn from.

Tell us more about you

Lake Victoria Disability Center (LVDC) is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Mara Region,the United Republic of Tanzania with Reg. no. 10NGO/0312 working in collaboration with Lake Victoria Disability Center Scotland which is a Scottish registered charity with Reg. no. OSCR SC043217.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

1. Exact No. of stakeholders to be involved 2. Seminar/Workshop materials to be covered 3. Effective methodology and approach

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Tanzania

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Idea Maturity

  • Mature Growth/Currently Operating: I am currently implementing this idea but may still be iterating.

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