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Gov’t Disburses Shs 5B Special Grant for Persons with Disabilities

Government through the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MGLSD) has disbursed five billion shillings as a special grant for persons with disabilities for the financial year 2020/21.

Sarah Kanyike, the Minister of State for the Elderly and Disabled said that the special grant is only for Persons with Disabilities as per Schedule 3 of the Persons with Disabilities Act 2020.

The aim of the funds, she said, is to boost household income among persons with disabilities through engagement in income generating activities.

The persons eligible to receive the fund include; those with physical disability caused by cerebral palsy, amputation of a limb, paralysis or deformity, hearing disability, visual disability, deaf and blind disability, mental disability, little people, albinism and those with multiple disabilities.

Addressing journalists at MGLSD headquarters on Tuesday December 22, Kanyike revealed that each group of PWDs is entitled to a maximum grant of Shs 5,000,000 for the enterprise selected.

“The District appraisal team reviews applications and provides estimates for the cost of each enterprise. The Ministry appraisal team further reviews the projects before the final disbursement schedule is developed,” she said.

Kanyike revealed that in the financial year 2020/21, the Ministry had planned to disburse grants to 800 persons with disabilities groups.

“In the first quarter, 143 groups received funds in 24 districts of Luuka, Bugweri, Lira Municipality, Kanungu, Kamwenge, Ntungamo, Kitgum, Butebo, Mubende, Mukono, Mukono Municipality, Busia, Iganga, Bunyangabu, Kyenjojo, Kisoro, Lwengo, Masaka, Otuke, Yumbe, Kaliiro, Amolatar, Mbarara, Pallisa and Mayuge. A total of Shs 707,430,000 was disbursed to these groups,” she revealed.

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She emphasized that these persons with disabilities must be in an organized group of between  5 to 15 members and should be from the same locality to ease the implementation of the project.

“They should therefore be from the same village or parish at the worst sub county level. We don’t want them to get inconvenienced with moving long distances,” she added.

Kanyike added: “In the second quarter, the Ministry has planned to disburse grants to 248 groups in 27 districts in different regions across the country. A total of Shs 1,229,259,000 will be disbursed.”

She, however, noted that though the grant is demand driven and districts are supposed to submit annual requests for funding, some districts have never submitted files for the same.

“The Ministry has written to all these districts reminding them to submit groups for funding. I urge persons with disabilities leaders in these districts to mobilize beneficiaries to benefit from this grant because it is free,” Kanyike said.

Districts that have not submitted their files include; Kalangala, Kole, Kalungu, Kyotera, Kayunga, Lira, Gomba, Kween, Ngora, Butambala, Mpigi, Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Nakasongola, Adjumani, Amuru, Apac, Kasese, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko, Moroto, Abim, Kapchorwa, Kaabong, Omoro, Agago, Oyam, Moyo, Tororo, Kibuku, Bukedea, Kumi, Amuria, Kalaki, Katakwi, Kabelabyong, Bullisa, Hoima, Masindi, Kyegegwa, Kabarole, Ibanda, Rukiga, Rwampara, Rubanda, Rubirizi, Mitooma, Kibaale, Kakumiro, Nwoya, Terego, Koboko, Arua, Maracha, Madi-Okolo, Soroti and even Kampala Capital City Authority.

 

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