“I feel I don’t have enough words or actions to express my gratitude for the visit. I for sure don’t know how to thank you enough. I thank you for having mobilized resources for the visit. I can assure you if you had not fundraised for this activity, it would not have been possible to do all that we did. It was nice getting to know and interact with you physically. To me, it was not only a partnership development process but also a learning process. It is amazing that I learnt a lot in just a week that we spent together and I am just wondering how much I would learn if I got an opportunity to stay with you for just a month! The benefits of the learning were for both organizational and personal development. For once, I have realized that with a bit more diverse, wide and creative thinking utilizing the resources around us, we can make NUWODU sustainable. To be honest your visit made a big change in my life and work performance and I can assure you I will never be the same again.”
– Cissy Nalusiba, Information Officer, National Union of Women with Disabilities in Uganda
“As a start, the workshop to me was a big success. I felt very satisfied with the way it was carried out because it was just appropriate to the new approach envisaged for social work training of our students in the school. Through these workshops our students can acquire skills even before they go for their major fieldwork practical. It is hoped that what the faculty and students have learned would be translated into organizing other vulnerable groups for poverty alleviation.
The participants were cheerful and thankful for the opportunity to express their feelings about their disability and their conditions of living. It was a first time experience to most of them to be called upon to participate in a workshop like this.
The staff and students wish to thank you for your support and hope our collaboration .”
- D.Y.N Gbeawu, Principal, School of Social Work, Accra, Ghana
Quotes from CCDS Small Grants Recipients
“The funding from CCDS was integral to our ability to conduct the Winter Walkability project. Using a participatory action approach allowed us to explore relevant issues for River East seniors related to community mobility and created an opportunity for these seniors to be involved in policy decisions that affected their community participation.”
- Jacquie Ripat
“This grant enabled me to explore a topic that has been widely ignore in disability research. ‘Parenting with a Disability: Diversity, Barriers and Requirements’ gave voice to the experiences of ethnocultural and racialized parents with disabilities by sharing their stories and highlighting recommendations to ensure a positive parenting experience. Thank you CCDS for taking a chance with a community-based researcher.”
- Rabia Khedr, DiversityworX
“I was greatly appreciative of the grant I received for my research project titled “Quality of Life for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in a Supported Apartment Living Program”. The project incorporated elements of participatory action research with photovoice. The grant money paid for the disposable cameras and the materials used to make up the boards, enabled me to pay each participant a twenty dollar honorarium for their time, paid for lunch out on photovoice day and an album and copy of their pictures as a keepsake. The generous grant was a major contributor to the participants’ enjoyment of the research experience.”
- Heather Milton
“The CCDS small grant was very helpful. It allowed us to conduct a study with a population with which we have limited familiarity. This study has led to three conference presentations, one at the international level. It will also result in an article. Our feedback has been that practitioners have also found the research report useful.”
- Sid Frankel