The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Disabled Want Govt Funding

The National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (Nudipu) has asked the government for more funding as fears of a foreign aid freeze grow.

"Ninety-eight of the funds for disability projects come from donors. What if they withdraw [their support]?" said Nudipu Board Chairman Francis Kinubi.

Kinubi was last week addressing the Nudipu annual general meeting at Pope Paul VI Memorial hotel in Kampala. The meeting was attended by representatives of persons with disabilities (PWDs) from all over the country at.

With the theme, Nudipu @25; Promoting PWDs' inclusion: Together we can develop, delegates thanked the Nudipu executive for bringing them together to fight for a common cause - PWDs recognition and inclusion in society, which to a larger extent has been realized.

Nudipu Executive Director Edson Ngirabakunzi said: "We (PWDs) have limited budgeting across the sectors. Funds allocated to PWDs in most government departments are miserably low."

Ngirabakunzi said Nudipu's biggest challenge remains reaching more disabled people across the country.

"Districts have become many in a short time and we can't reach everyone," he said. "This year [2013], we hope to build capacity and extend our services to wherever we can reach."

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