Tuesday 3 December 2020

This International Day of People with Disabilities, Motivation celebrates the generous supporters who raised more than £400,000 to fund a new education and sport programme for disabled children in Uganda.

We're delighted to confirm the grand total of the fundraising to be £442,205.10, including £216,861.05 of matched funding from the UK government. This takes us one step closer to starting our Motivation All-Stars project. 

Although COVID-19 has caused delays and required changes to keep children, teachers, families and communities safe from the pandemic, our team are ready to start the programme in January 2021.

Over the next three years, your donations raised will provide:

  • Mentoring for 270 disabled children 
  • Inclusion training across 6 schools
  • Adaptive sports training to 24 sports coaches
  • New sports wheelchairs and equipment to 30 new sports clubs
  • More than 100 community inclusion sessions

By building skills and confidence in the classroom and on the court, we aim to support 270 disabled children in Uganda to participate in primary school. By challenging disability discrimination through inclusion training, we will encourage local communities and schools to support inclusive sports and education.

Fred Semakula, Uganda Country Manager, said:

“Discrimination means that many disabled children never attend school in Uganda. 91% of disabled children don’t even get a primary education. An independent future is denied. Vitally, they miss out on socialising with other children, too, which is really important for developing interpersonal skills, initiative and ideas.

“Motivation was the first to introduce adaptive sports to schools as a way to build disability inclusion. This new Motivation All-Stars programme will give disabled and non-disabled children the chance to learn and play together.

“It will give them a chance to show families, teachers, communities and governments their potential. We’re excited to see the impact of this project.”

David Constantine, Founder Director of Motivation, said:

“This year has been hugely challenging for everybody, so it’s wonderful to approach the end of 2020 with this great news. We’re delighted to be able to soon re-start our work in Uganda thanks to the generous support of the Bristol public and our supporters around the UK.

“We’re committed to making long lasting impact through our projects, which is why it’s so important that the activities in the All-Stars programme involve wider communities and government decision-makers. Our hope is that this will change attitudes and benefit many future generations of disabled people in Uganda.”

Read more about the Motivation All-Stars project

Read more about Waldah [pictured]