The Covid-19 pandemic revealed the acute vulnerabilities facing disabled communities in Vanuatu during, and after, times of crisis.
How we are helping
We are supporting Vanuatu Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association (VDPA) to strengthen disability rights during times of crisis by running inclusion workshops for National Disaster Management officers.
About the project
The Foundation’s capacity strengthening grants stream supports smaller Commonwealth civil society organisations in smaller Member States, building their expertise and enhancing their capacity to influence policy.
People with disabilities in Vanuatu have been disproportionally affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Their rights are under threat and their access to services is declining. It’s vital that Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Officers fully understand the needs of people with disabilities to respond to future disasters inclusively. We are supporting VDPA to raise awareness of disability rights among Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Officers.
The key actions for this project are:
- Run disability inclusion workshops for National Disaster Management officers in six provinces.
This project will ensure future disaster responses pay greater attention to the needs of people with disabilities and ensure their rights are protected.
Vanuatu Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association (VDPA) is the national disabled people’s organization of Vanuatu. VDPA was established in April 1999 to raise awareness of people with disabilities in Vanuatu and advocate for their rights and inclusion. VDPA has built an accessible and inclusive Vanuatu for people with disabilities, where they are empowered to actively participate in the community on an equal basis with others.
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