Ready, Willing and Able is underway in Kenya and already making a difference. Find out more...

Last week the Motivation Kenya team presented an update on the Ready, Willing and Able project to government officials and local project partners. It was an exciting moment to say thanks to those who have supported the initial stages of the project. Our project manager, Peter explains what we’ve done so far.

What is the Ready, Willing and Able project about?

Improving confidence and increasing access to employment for disabled adults in Kenya.

The project aims to improve the job seeking and keeping skills of 240 disabled people, increasing their likelihood of finding jobs. It will also educate 130 of their family members in disability rights and the ability of disabled people to work.

During this project, we want 13 businesses and employers to undertake an accessibility audit and receive inclusion training. This will mean they have the understanding and tools to make their workplace more inclusive.

We also want to help 106 wheelchair users to have increased skills, knowledge and confidence through Motivation peer training.

What has happened so far to set up the project?

First of all, we had to set up the project. We hired new project staff and procured project equipment, before signing initial agreements with funders and our project partners: the Kenyan Paraplegic Organization, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities and the United Disabled Persons of Kenya.

We’ve also done a baseline study - it's important to know what attitudes and experiences exist before we start so we can measure progress as we go. Individual interviews and a focus group were held with wheelchair users.

Now we’ve started running some training and workshops. We had a business information session with HR managers from 16 local businesses, helping them understand the need to be inclusive. After the session, one manager said:

It was such an informative, inspirational and transformational session. It gave me clarity on the way forward. Please feel free to invite me to keep unlearning and learning.

We also held inclusion training for 10 trainers, a Motivation peer training session for 12 people with spinal injuries and spina bifida, and our first job seeking and keeping workshop for 13 job seekers.

What has been a highlight of the project so far?

One of the participants of our first job seeking and keeping workshop has been offered employment.

Nicholas applied for a job three years ago and after a long follow up, he gave up. But during the job seeking and keeping training he was encouraged; he learnt the benefit of continuing follow up with the application. He told us:

"The training built my confidence and helped me face the daily challenges of life… Being in the room was an eye opener. I was told a lot of things I never knew."

Nicholas is happy that he finally secured employment with a reputable communication company. He thanked the programme for supporting disabled people in Kenya on matters of building their confidence and removing barriers in accessing formal employment.

Ready, Willing and Able was funded with UK aid from the UK Government.