In the realm of disability rights and empowerment, The Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY) stands tall, dedicated to fostering inclusivity and advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. ANDY has been making significant strides across five thematic areas. As we reflect on the accomplishments of 2023, we, the collective force behind ANDY, are proud to share the impact we have had in the fields of inclusive education, access to health, sustainable livelihoods, climate change, and advocacy as we give a snippet of what we are have up our sleeves this year, 2024.

Inclusive Education

One of ANDY's core initiatives is inclusive education, a transformative approach that involves integrating students with disabilities into mainstream classrooms. In 2023, ANDY took significant strides by training more than 40 teachers in the early childhood spectrum of education. This not only improved the quality of education for young children with disabilities but also led to a notable increase in the enrolment of early childhood pupils.

Beyond the classroom setting, ANDY's impact radiated through communities as increased referrals were observed within the areas it reached out to. The ripple effect extended to caregivers seeking intervention services, showcasing a growing awareness and acceptance of the importance of inclusive education. A standout accomplishment was the cultivation of parental independence. Through parent support groups, ANDY established seven robust networks, fostering an environment where parents learnt to support their children with disabilities effectively. These groups became a source of strength, shared experiences, and valuable resources.

Furthermore, ANDY distributed assistive devices to children with disabilities, breaking down barriers and facilitating a more inclusive learning environment. These efforts underscore ANDY's commitment to dismantling obstacles and fostering an inclusive educational ecosystem.

Slide Project - Sports for Livelihood and Development 

In a groundbreaking initiative, ANDY empowered deaf women through sports and simultaneously promoted livelihoods through digital literacy training and entrepreneurship skills. Recognizing the potential within sports, ANDY not only provided a platform for empowerment but also equipped participants with skills that could open doors to economic opportunities. With this project, ANDY laid the foundation for participants to start their own businesses and subsequently market them as well as opened up the world of content creation to the deaf participants. This multifaceted approach not only expanded economic possibilities but also challenged societal perceptions of disability.

We Can Project 

The Women Employability and Empowerment Project, aptly named the We Can Project, took center stage in ANDY's endeavors; focusing on supporting women with disabilities, particularly the youth, in vocational training and employability which yielded remarkable results in 2023. A pivotal shift occurred as ANDY expanded its scope by including young boys in the project. By training both girls and boys for the employment world, ANDY fostered gender-inclusive empowerment. The participants of the We Can project exhibited tremendous growth, setting the stage for a mentorship program in 2024 where they will guide others on the path to economic empowerment.

Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation      

ANDY also engaged in a climate change initiative dubbed the "Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation in Nyando, Kisumu County." The primary goal of this project was to empower persons with disabilities by enhancing their resilience and adaptive capacity to environmental and socio-economic disruptions through a series of workshops and trainings. The focal point was to ensure the safety and protection of persons with disabilities from the impacts of climate change in Nyando. The project adopted an inclusive approach, collaborating with both individuals with disabilities and those without in the community, emphasizing the significance of collective efforts and valuing the contributions of all.


Advocacy is a thread woven seamlessly across all thematic areas at ANDY. Throughout the execution of our diverse projects, we consistently champion the rights of persons with disabilities. This commitment to advocacy serves as a guiding principle, ensuring that our initiatives not only bring about tangible change in inclusive education, health access, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change but also actively contribute to the broader discourse on disability rights. By intertwining advocacy with our projects, we amplify the voices of those often marginalized, fostering a more inclusive and equitable society for persons with disabilities.

What You Can Expect From Us

As we step into the second month of 2024, we are filled with anticipation as Andy embarks on promising initiatives. The much-anticipated return of SLIDE brings a renewed sense of excitement. Collaborating with persons with disabilities, we are set to engage in sitting volleyball, building on the success of the previous year's football program for deaf girls. This not only underscores our commitment to inclusive sports but also reflects our dedication to providing diverse opportunities for individuals with disabilities to thrive.

In tandem with SLIDE's return, the We Can project is gearing up for another impactful year. The mentees from last year will be imparting valuable skills to empower youth with disabilities in three vocational centers. This mentorship initiative, a cornerstone of the We Can project, ensures a sustainable transfer of knowledge and fosters a supportive environment for the personal and professional growth of individuals with disabilities.

Moreover, 2024 marks a significant commitment to environmental sustainability as we focus on planting numerous trees in Nyando, Kisumu. Recognizing the urgency of addressing climate change, this initiative aligns with ANDY's broader mission to create a resilient and inclusive community. The collective effort extends beyond persons with disabilities, involving everyone within the community to contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.

The Action Network Disabled's achievements in 2023 reflect not just organizational success but a genuine transformation in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Through initiatives in inclusive education, sports empowerment, and employability projects, ANDY has proven that inclusivity is not just a goal but an achievable reality. This year, ANDY stands poised to continue its impactful journey, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of disability advocacy and empowerment.