Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY)

Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY): Creating inclusive workplaces and building the self-confidence of disabled youth

Nairobi, KenyaNairobi, Kenya
Year Founded:
2009
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

ANDY is the first and only organization in Kenya focused specifically on employment challenges faced by youth with disabilities nationwide. By working to end employer discrimination and improve the self confidence of the disabled, we hope to achieve inclusive work spaces for all youth in Kenya.   

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we build self-esteem and promote inclusivity in working environments?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Disabled people in Kenya face hurdles at every step of their personal and professional lives. Parents are ashamed and often don’t send disabled children to school. When they do go to school, the access and quality of education is incomparable to mainstream schooling. This stigma continues into the workplace. These constant setbacks cause the disabled to lose their will to become active members of society.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Through leadership and entrepreneurship trainings, internships, and governance programs, ANDY is creates inclusive working environments and builds the self-esteem of the disabled. The leadership and entrepreneurship program puts members through a rehabilitation and confidence building program to develop essential team building skills. In addition, each member identifies a passion they can cultivate through their career which is how specific internships are identified. In order to promote inclusivity in formal companies, ANDY takes partners through an extensive process to create accessible spaces and acceptance of the disabled by workers. The governance program promotes inclusivity as a national value.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Leadership and entrepreneurship training programs ensure the disabled are empowered with self-confidence and employable skills and they gain real world experience in their internships. At least 60% of the interns get hired as permanent staff upon completion of their internships. For those who are interested in public policy, ANDY has started a program to increase the representation of the disabled community in Kenyan governance structures. Through these three mechanisms, ANDY empowers the disabled through dignified work and self-confidence.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Fred has already made strides in shifting the mindset of large corporations in Kenya having already worked with 30. To tip the behavior of companies in Kenya towards persons with disabilities on a grand scale, his goal is to forge partnerships with 100 large companies over the next five years. Over 300 youth with disabilities have found job placements through his program and many more have been trained and supported to start their own ventures. Fred is also involved in advocacy work on a Pan-African scale. With support from the International Labor Organization, he has played a key role in founding the African Youth with Disabilities Network, an initiative involving 12 countries across Africa. This network gives young people with disabilities a platform to advocate for a stronger focus on inclusion at the African Union, European Union, World Bank, and other global institutions.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

To tip- on a much grander scale- the behavior of companies in Kenya towards persons with disabilities, Fredrick needs to get to 100 large companies over the next five years. Fred will work withorganizations in various counties to expand the reach and assist those with disabilities in learning how to outreach to local companies.help start their own businesses and provide the requisite entrepreneurial trainings, support, internships, mentors and start- up capital for them to launch A social enterprise will be established to deal in impact-sourcing availing digital jobs to the disabled
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are launching a social enterprise that will ensure that we have a stream of income to support our work going forward.Some of our services to companies will also attract a small fee and the creation of friends of ANDY scheme where donations can be made to the organization.We believe the initiative will be able to sustain itself financially from the social enterprise once successfully launched and operationalized

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

First and only organization working specifically on employment issues on a national scale. We however see a number of initiatives out of the country who are doing similar things and it is in our interest to learn from them too even if our environment is different from theirs
Team

Founding Story

After finishing his diploma, Fred went out to look for a job and his experience would go on to define the rest of his life. He stepped into the interview room of a well-known multinational and was met with frowns and looks of disappointment. An interview that took fifteen minutes for all other candidates took two minutes in his case and his fate was sealed. He never got the job. Even though it wasn’t said, he vividly recalls knowing with certainty that his disability had been the cause for the company’s harsh rejection of him. He didn’t go looking for another job, instead, he rolled his sleeves and started Action Network for the Disabled with the clear purpose of ridding formal workplace of stigma and discrimination towards the disabled

Team

The core team is made up of Fred, Elizabeth Akinyi, and Nancy Nteere. Elizabeth is the finance and administration officer. Nancy makes sense of the work and helps grow the employment work we are involved with. She is versed in research and strategic thinking.
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