Hundreds of people like you donated to our Ready, Willing and Able appeal.  Now, even more people like Carol will receive the support they need to access employment and work their way out of poverty for good.

Since launching our Ready, Willing and Able appeal on the 3rd December – the International Day of People with Disability – our supporters have helped us raise over £140,000.

We know that disabled people in the developing world are ready for change. They are willing to play a full and active part in society. And, with the right support, they are able to take control of their lives. The funds* we raise through this appeal will ensure they can do just that.

Firstly, we will provide training for wheelchair users delivered by wheelchair users. They will learn how to manage pressure sores, and their bladder and bowel, as well as new wheelchair skills. This training helps them to stay healthy, mobile and independent.

Then, we will provide training in job seeking skills and disability rights, providing them with the practical knowledge and confidence to pursue employment opportunities from the same starting point as everyone else.

Finally, we will challenge the discrimination that leads to disabled people being excluded from workplaces and communities. We will raise awareness of legislation surrounding the employment of disabled people, and highlight the benefits of an inclusive workforce.

This approach will help change the lives of hundreds of disabled people like Carol.

* Your donations will contribute to Motivation’s work supporting disabled people living in the world’s poorest countries to be healthy, mobile and independent. All match-funding will go towards our project supporting disabled people in Kenya to access work. Valid on donations received by 3rd March 2018.

"I want to give others hope – tell them they can live and do things they say they can’t do”

Carol was just like any other young girl except she was born with spina bifida. Whilst other people in her community could see past it, her father couldn’t accept her disability. He ran away from the family home, leaving Carol behind.

Sadly, this reaction is not uncommon. In countries like Kenya, stigma and discrimination mean disabled people are often abandoned by their families, excluded from schools and workplaces, and shunned from everyday life.

Before Motivation, I would say I cannot do this because I am disabled.

Carol felt hopeless and isolated, like she was the only disabled person in the world. But her grandmother encouraged her to play wheelchair basketball at school and she soon met staff from Motivation.

Following their advice, she was able to start keeping herself healthy. Her self-esteem improved and she began to meet other people with disabilities.

She then attended Motivation’s peer training, where she learnt extra wheelchair skills and bladder management techniques from other wheelchair users. She learnt more about the rights of disabled people too.

I feel comfortable with myself.

Since then, Carol’s life has changed. She has the confidence to look to the future and realise her dreams.

“I want to be self-employed,” she told us. “I used to work in a call centre but I left because of the management. They took advantage because I was in a wheelchair. I’d like to have my own beauty shop. I already have the skills to be a beautician and I would like the opportunity to run and manage a business.”

Carol has also decided she would like to have a family – something she had never considered before her training. But above all, Carol wants to help other wheelchair users so they can change their lives too.

There is still time to support our Ready, Willing and Able appeal

Our Ready, Willing and Able appeal will be running until the 3rd March 2018. If you haven’t already given a gift, there is still time to help us hit our target of £165,000.

Your donation could help us equip people like Carol with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to access employment. It could help us work with communities and workplaces to change attitudes so that disabled people can be included in society and work.

Make double the difference

If you give before 3rd March 2018, the UK Government will match your donation pound for pound, making double the difference to disabled people like Carol.