Mobility Appliances by Disabled Women Entrepreneurs (MADE) is a non-profit manufacturing organization, established with the primary objective of providing means of mobility to persons with disabilites. MADE came into being as a result of the UN 4th World Conference of Women held in Beijin in 1995.
At this conference, Whirlwind Women International introduced the concept of making disabled women active and productive in an effort to help them gain skills to improve on their livelihood. The concept was already in practice in San Francisco, USA, where disabled women are involved in the design and manufacture of wheelchairs. MADE has enhanced the mobility of more than 500 People With Disabilities (PWDs), rendering them various social, political and economic opportunities.
Aims & Objectives
MADE was formed as a respons to the need of good wheelchairs in Uganda which was triggered by the call made by Whirlwind Women (now Women Pushing Forward). The primary objective being: to provide as much means of mobility as possble to PWDs, particularly children and women with the following goals:
- Enabling them to acquire skills for self-sustainance, thus uplifting their standards of living.
- Exposing them to various scial, political and economic opportunities for the purpose of being able to serve others.
- Getting the feeling of confidence as productve citizens.
- Sensitizing the communty and government to recognize the importance of mobility and to take it upon themselves as a duty to provde mobility for effective integration into society and for poverty eradication among PWDs
History of Made Uganda
Whirlwind Women, a project out of San Francisco State University, is associated with Whirlwind Wheelchair International, a not-for-profit organization established to promote the advancement of people with disabilities. The primary approach is to establish local wheel-chair manufacturing shops run by people with disabilities to provide entrepreneurial, employment, and social opportunities. The Whirlwind wheelchair designs are based on fulfilling the needs of the Third World using locally available materials.
Whirlwind women made first contact with disable Ugandan women at the 1995 Fourth World Conference in Beijing, China. Using seed money from the United Nations and several private foundations, intensive training in basic tool use was undertaken for three Ugandan women over the next two years. This group of women, including Fatuma Achan and Sharifa Mirembe, founded MADE Uganda.
MADE has been able to realize its goals because of (and would like to extend its appreciation to) a number of partners in extasive collaboration with the core oraganization. These include:
Action for Disability and Develpment, for providing initial office space
DWNRO (Disabled Women’s Network and Resource Organization); for aiding MADE in networking with international NGOs
U.N. Disability Funds; for providing money for workshop equipment and trips
Global Fund for Women; for unlimited program support
Motivation Charitable Trust; Wheelchair Technology skills
Whirlwind International; for esign and operational assistance
Various NGOs and local organizations, too numerous to list, for their continued support
Email the Director: Fatuma Acan
Phone Number (from USA): 011-256-75-846-591
By mail: P.O. Box 9658 Kampala, Uganda
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