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ACT (Awareness & Communication Training) for West Nile, Uganda

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This report provides an overview of the project area and main activities carried out during the second year of the Awareness and Communication Training (ACT) project, areas of progress, challenges, lessons learned and proposed interventions for the following year.

This project aims at increasing access to education, improve retention and academic achievements for deaf and hearing impaired children and challenge negative cultural stereotypes regarding deafness and disability.

All the nine districts of West Nile (Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Pakwach, Yumbe and Zombo) as covered by the project, continue to be among the most hard to reach areas of the country with very limited access to services by both government and non-state actors. The population continues to grapple with conditions of poverty, ignorance and disease with very limited support from development partners who consider these areas too hard to reach. With the limited back up from government and other development actors, families continue to mainly focus on immediate survival needs with little awareness and attention to issues of disability and vulnerability which are, at most, viewed with stigma.

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