Karambi Group of People with Disabilities (KaGPWD) empowers persons with disabilities, their families, and communities in Kasese district by ensuring inclusion and fighting for fairness in driving sustainable community development. It was founded in 1995 by a group of people with disabilities (PWDs) in response to both the discrimination, isolation and exclusion faced by PWDs and the environmental management crisis within Uganda.
They use inclusive holistic community development approach as a pathway to:
Empower communities with permaculture ethics, principles and practice;
Ensure that children and youth with disabilities acquire formal education to break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty;
Ensure that PWDs access affordable rehabilitation, are cared for and fully participate in developmental activities fairly;
Ensure access to affordable clean water for drinking, sanitation and irrigation;
Support the empowerment of PWDs through entrepreneurship.
Achievements include training 2450 people in permaculture design, agroforestry and regeneration, with 85% of trainees already practicing permaculture, agroecology and regenerative agriculture; constructing four community boreholes benefitting 2300 households; restored 59 acres of land; and continuing to produce organic food through their six-acre food forest.