Empowering Communities & Persons with Disabilities through Skill Training in the Face of Poverty
Empowering Communities & Persons with Disabilities through Skill Training in the Face of Poverty
The project responds to the urgent need to rebuild the social fabrics of Pujehun district and to maintain economic and political participation of Persons with Disability in the District and in Sierra Leone in general. It does this by seeking to address one of the root causes of poverty in the district through the development of improved training and employment opportunities. Persons with disabilities are one of the highest unemployment and poor categories of the population in Sierra Leone, especially rural areas.
This training will endeavor to establish private enterprises either individually or in small groups with the support they will receive from the intervention. Therefore the project will support such individuals or groups through enterprise support so that they have the right skills to establish viable businesses and become gainfully employed. Furthermore, persons with disability face significant barriers in entering the labour force due to a lack of access to financial products and services that are necessary to stimulate business growth and create a culture of savings. For this reason there is a critical need to support disable friendly and inclusive financial services through micro finance programs that will enable them to actively participate in economic development.

The above outcomes will contribute to the fulfillment of Sierra Leone’s government commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs: 4, 5, 8, 10 and 16); Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The project is also reflected to other relevant programmes such as local district and national government programmes, other donors as aligned with the expanding access and improving quality and equity of employment opportunity and job creation as projects including GEF and UNDP projects on reducing poverty and discrimination of persons with disabilities in Sierra Leone.
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Project Snapshot

Local Action for Development
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 3,500.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 1,500.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
At the start of the project, LAD will carry out baseline assessments for purposes of selecting the persons with disability and the youth that will participate in the project. Memorandum of understanding will be drawn with each youth structure and later the youth business entities to ensure that project objectives, activities expected results and indicators of achievement are agreed upon; and that procedures for implementation and reporting are clearly outlined and established
Gender Focus
Cross-cutting issues will be implemented by LAD. Gender, HIV/AIDS and disability mainstreaming approaches in addition to sound environmental practices will be covered under management capacity building workshops. It is expected that person with disability and youth will be included in the strategic planning sessions and implementation planning actions to address issues of gender and actions regarding HIV/AIDS, disability mainstreaming and environment
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Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 500

Grantee Contact

Mr Abu Kemokai
Phone: +23276364066


27 Military Barracks Road
Pujehun , South , 23222

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
+232 76 789 985