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Linking youth with disabilities to wage employment through vocational and soft skills training

ADDA aims to facilitate coaching of youth with disabilities with market- oriented vocational and soft skills and links them to jobs in Kenya

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What problem does your idea solve?

To sensitize mainstream vocational training centers & orientation in market driven curricula adaptations & implementation for youth with disabilities to access these training centers for market driven skills & soft skills & eventually link them to jobs. In the era of inclusion, the special vocational centers are bulging out and cannot handle training big numbers of youth with disabilities, let alone market oriented training. ADDA ceases this opportunity to make sure the YWDs are not left behind.

Explain your idea

Kenya currently has a population of 44.35 Million people. 67% of this population is persons with disabilities, 80% whom are at the right age to work. Data on persons with disabilities employed is still unavailable, presumably low because most of them are poor and opportunities are limited. Youth unemployment in Kenya is consequently an outcome of limited employment opportunities and lack of employable skills, which is compounded by the mismatch between skills and labour market demands. It is worse for persons with disabilities as they find themselves excluded from accessing mainstream vocational training centers, for training, lacking the necessary skills to tap into the job market. ADDA addresses these challenges through working with mainstream vocational training centers to offer market oriented skills like ICT and soft skills thereafter connecting youth with disabilities to wage jobs. During this time, ADDA ensures that the mainstream centers are sensitized on disability issues, their curricula adapted to youth with disabilities’ training needs, and reasonable accommodation is offered to ensure a smooth transition from skills acquisition to work. ADDA further links up with employers, sensitizes them to ensure that skilled youth with disabilities eventually get accommodated and get jobs. It is through this holistic approach that got more than 200 youth with disabilities access relevant training in the mainstream vocational centers and 70% receiving employment

Who benefits?

The average age of the youth with disabilities reached are below 30 years old, poor and living in both rural and urban area, 47% being female with disabilities. During initial assessments, most of these youth are usually secondary school drop out, or secondary school graduates who are unemployed and cannot access tertiary training due to lack of fees and mobility difficulties, or simply lack of a good training facilities that can offer a course that is of their interest.

How is your idea unique?

Since 2014, ADDA has been implementing a pilot project called EmployAble, which aims to empower youth with disabilities to access relevant market driven skills leading to employment. ADDA has worked with multiple training providers and employers in different sectors and has over 200 youth with different types of impairment trained and 70 % linked to employment. Working with multi stakeholder and mainstream partners in this regard gives ADDA unique understanding of the dynamic labour market needs and translating these needs to blend in with training programs in the vocational training centers, and also deep insights on curriculum adaptations and reasonable adaptations required by youth with different types of impairment. The Job placement officer helps to analyze the market and gives input which is shared with the mainstream vocational centers before training. These centers are also oriented on how to facilitate soft skills. In this regard, the graduates become ready for work.

Tell us more about you

Agency for Disability and Development in Africa, ADDA is an NGO registered in Kenya. ADDA has employees and resource personnel with more than 25 years of experience in the disability field. In inclusive career training & employment, the team consists of program Coordinator Rina Kamukam who coordinates all the activities pertaining training and employment, assisted by Susannah Nakibuuka, Job Placement Assistant. We also work with two mainstream training centers that provide space for training.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Kenya

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

  • Early Growth/Roll-out/Scaling: I have completed a pilot and am ready or in the process of expanding.


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ADDA doing wonderful work and provide great effort & great opportunity for big numbers of youth with disabilities by providing expedite coaching of market- oriented vocational and soft skills as well as also links them to jobs in Kenya. At Dissertation Help UK, where so many students come to get dissertation writing help from experts are also searching for such kind of career opportunity. So, I am happily informing them about ADDA so they can also get good training facilities which can offer a course of their interest. Thank you. Much appreciate for a wonderful job!!!

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Thank you Emily for writing to ADDA! Good to read from you!

Thank you for your compliment, and for informing your students about ADDA.... and we are open to working with the people you refer to us. Introducing and linking youth with disabilities to market driven skills and soft skills, eventually to employment is still a grey area and it warrants plenty of research. ADDA is doing her best in this area and overtime we have gathered a lot of learnt lessons and experiences. We still continue to learn everyday.

Welcome Emily and thank you!


Rina Kamukam,
thank you for the response .


Yes Rina. i also add that a good media vehicle sch as THE VOICE will drive the idea positively and purposefully to the intended target group

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I totally agree with you Fannijo Development Initiative! Thank you...THE VOICE will be a great platform to show impact and attract more partners towards opportunities and linkages for Youth with disabilities (YWDs) to employment...It will be lovely to work and connect with you!

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Always and very often we have read about unemployment crisis  especially in formal sector any idea to promote skills to create self employment is one step ahead not to disabled society but to many who are vulnerable to formal working posts.

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Well put Ommy!

The percentage of persons with disabilities in wage employment is always way lower than in self employment..and this is the problem the idea is trying to solve...

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Hi Rina, thank you for contributing to the Challenge!

Would love to learn what are the top 2-3 things you need when thinking about expanding or scaling this program?

Looking forward to learning more.

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Thank you Ashley for your comment.
For an upscale:
-We need to form more partnerships with training providers and curriculum adaptation that are labour market oriented... and also more practical especially for the youth with hearing impairment
-We also to need more partnership with employers to sensitize them and capturing the labour market demands in different sector
-Besides welcoming more partners into the program, we need resources from Open IDEO to actualize the above and for continuous action research to improve on the solutions.

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Great jobs, Rina!

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Thank you so much Loan!

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We love the work you are doing and would love to connect directly with you! We are located in Maai Mahiu and would love to have you come meet our students some time soon. We have a number of great partners that would love to support / work with you. Our parent organization, Ubuntu, might also be able to assist in job placement for your graduates.

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Thank you so much Ubuntu!

I am super excited to connect with you as well..I would love to visit, and discuss further ways we can work together, and network more...ADDA is looking for more partners to work with in inclusive skills development and employment, and I highly welcome your support....Lets chat some more official email address is I look forward!