We believe that a strong and inclusive movement is the cornerstone for rights to be fulfilled by all persons with disabilities. In July and August 2016, the DRF program team brought together passionate disability rights advocates in Indonesia, Rwanda, and Ghana to learn, reflect, and strategize. These Grantee Convenings gather DRF grantees to discuss opportunities in the era of the new global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
Ambrose Murangira was a shoe cobbler in his village in rural Uganda twenty years ago. Back in those days, he had no thoughts of the United Nations or even any prospects of finishing his education. In a recent interview with me, he recounted his childhood, “When I became Deaf at age 10 from mumps, my mama encouraged me to finish primary school. But the thought of going to high school was hard for me. I told my mama, ‘I’m Deaf. How will I understand the teachers?’ But since she was not giving up, I decided to go for vocational training in leather works to live an independent life in the future.”