Motivation's three-year UK Aid Direct grant has been cancelled by the UK government

Following the UK Government's statement on 21 April outlining the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) official development assistance (ODA) for 2021/22, our three-year £797k UK AID Direct grant has been cancelled.

The UK aid funding would have let us deliver a £1.02m project with clinics and community organisations in Uganda. Together we wanted to provide services so that more children with disabilities had access to vital support,  wheelchairs and related devices, and that their families had the support, advice and information needed to assist their child’s needs and development.

Its cancellation means that many children with a disability in Uganda are now missing opportunities for independence, education and play, and missing access to healthcare and other social services. All the evidence shows this lead to increased poverty and reduced quality of life for children and their families.

This is a significant and unexpected loss and a huge blow to the community of disabled children and their parents in Uganda, and to our partners who desperately need support to respond to the needs of their communities.

It comes at a time when we know that our services are needed more than ever, with disabled people around the world disproportionally impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Uganda team are working to develop alternative plans so that we can continue to support disabled children, adults and their wider community across Uganda, for which we will be seeking funding from other sources.

Motivation remains committed to working towards our mission of enabling greater independence and opportunity for disabled people.  We are thankful to our supporters, funders, partners and advocates who continue to support the right of disabled people to the equipment and services they want and need. We know the simple provision of a walking frame or wheelchair can open up a world of education, independence, and the chance to take part in a family or a community.

If this resonates with you, we would welcome your help and support to join our movement to work towards  a better and more just global world for all.

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