Employment of youngsters with disabilities is an important part of the Liliane Foundation’s inclusive development strategy. Even though the right to work is laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities, it is estimated that in some countries up to 80 per cent of all persons with disabilities are unemployed.
Lack of education limits possibilities
Adolescents with disabilities often have limited opportunities to go to school, attend training courses and develop their skills. Subsequently, this lack of education limits their prospects of finding employment. The ones that do have jobs, often encounter difficult working conditions. The labour market is least accessible for young people with intellectual or psychosocial impairments, and adolescent girls with disabilities.
Call center training in Peru
In Peru, our Strategic Partner Organisation Fundades provides training to physically disabled youngsters to work in call centers. Multiple businesses cooperate in this initiative. While the students are being taught the necessary skills for their future employment, the companies are being involved to ensure adequate inclusion of their future employees.
Cafebility: hospitality jobs in India
In India, our Strategic Partner Organisation JVS initiated 'Cafebility', a catering business that is run by young people with disabilities. Visitors see what young people with disabilities are capable of. And that, if they get the chance, they can provide for their livelihood themselves. Cafebility has a big impact on the community and on the image of people with disabilities.
Economic independence and increased wellbeing
With our inclusive employment programme, the Liliane Foundation supports youngsters with disabilities to earn a decent income and gain economic independence. Social factors are equally important: employment leads to social inclusion, higher self-esteem and increased wellbeing. Our programme both supports youngsters in setting up their own business as well as placing young people in regular jobs. Our local partners therefore cooperate closely with communities, governments and the private sector.
In addition to helping youngsters with disabilities, the Liliane Foundation also supports parents or caregivers of children with severe or multiple disabilities in setting up a small business or finding a job.
For more information about our activities on inclusive employment, please contact our theme expert.
+ 31 73 518 94 20