People with Disabilities in Development Organisation (PDDO)

People with Disabilities in Development Organisation (PDDO) was formed in 2006 by Anne Kobusingye as a community organisation in Kabale District, aiming to foster development among the disabled through counselling and guidance, and Afrinspire has been its major sponsor.

Among the declared objectives of PDDO are to improve the livelihoods of disabled people by giving them respect, dignity and independence; generating income; sharing ideas; and equipping the disabled with skills for development.

In 2008, Anne was elected representative for the disabled people of Kabale district, and as part of her work, she is involved in lobbying and advocacy for the fundamental human rights of the disabled, as well as equipping them with the knowledge and skills to improve their own lives. In practical terms, this has meant the provision of functional literacy classes, computer skills training, health education, training in agriculture and animal husbandry, and encouraging the parents of disabled children to send them to school.

Among other things, PDDO has arranged for the provision of wheelchairs to those who need them in Kabale. This has been part of a broader move towards capacity-building and eventually self-reliance among the disabled people of the area. They have long had to endure poverty, stigmatisation and isolation, and PDDO is attempting to alleviate this.