Amatsiko is a registered community based organization (CBO) operating in South- Western Uganda, Kabale District, Kigezi region. The idea for the project was initially conceived in 2005 by Alex Atuheire, the project director, after he saw the detrimental effects that being orphaned or vulnerable had on the future of the community's children.
It is hardly news for anyone that people with a disability continue to comprise the poorest and worst-served group in
Clearly, the greater the level of general poverty in any community the worse the conditions are for people with a disability who live there. Or to put it another way; people with a disability in the poorest communities are the most disadvantaged people on our planet.
We believe that the desperate inequalities that exist for people with a disability are uncivilized and preventable. To address these inequalities improves all of us who take part.
We invite you to be part of that effort.
REMEMBER; “Disability is not Inability.”
- To care for individuals with physical and/or learning difficulties, equipping them with life skills and enabling them to reach their God-given potential.
- Promote a biblical view of disability and suffering both around Kabale and in the surrounding communities.
- To provide education and support for families affected by disability in the local community.
We believe that God values and has a purpose for each and every person he creates, no matter what their ability. At the beginning of 2014 our Special Needs Program officially began for children with both physical and learning difficulties.
Currently we have 10 students in our school which runs from Monday to Friday. The students who have varying
degrees of physical/learning disabilities are taught sign language, basic literacy and numeracy as well as life and vocational skills.
Since we began we have registered many children who have a wide range of disabilities including Hydrocephalus, Hearing/Visual Impairments, Spina Bifida. We hold community sessions for these children at least once a month
and also visit these children at their homes often and in near future we hope to provide them with wheelchairs and specialist equipment.
Beginning of 2015, we began partnering with local churches to reach out to people affected by disabilities in their communities.
In these sessions which we hold are open to people in the community whose lives have been affected by disability. We hope in the near future to hold many more workshops with communities and sensitize them; that a disability is not inability. In Africa, many people with a disability (if not all of them) are taken to be curses and are kept indoors so no one sees them!
The children we help lack the resources they need; many have very poor living standards with limited access to food and adequate housing. In addition, the director identified a number of other problems that need to be addressed. Read More