About the Organisation

History

Uganda National Association of the Blind is an indigenous non government organisation (NGO) registered with the Uganda NGO board and registrar of companies No.S.5914/559 and 45785 respectively and with TIN(Tax Invoice Number) 100398944.

The organisation (UNAB) was founded way back in 1970 as a unified voice by the blind and partially sighted persons who for a long time had faced the challenges of discrimination, marginalisation and stigmatisation by the predominantly sighted society.

Following the political and economic trends in the country from 1970 to date UNAB similarly underwent the winds of change to suit the blind and partially sighted.

Profile

Vision: To have a self sustaining Association of empowered persons with visual impairment, enjoying equal opportunities in society.

Mission: To better the quality of life of the visually impaired persons in Uganda regardless of sex and age through advocacy, networking, capacity building and model service provision.

Moto: The organisation’ motto is “effective participation with others.”

Objectives

i) To ensure the provision of quality services to all blind persons of Uganda.

ii) To advocate for equalisation of opportunities of blind persons of Uganda

iii) To provide capacity for the empowerment of all blind persons of Uganda.

iv) To serve as a leading expert knowledge provider on issues pertaining to blindness.

v) To network and collaborate with indigenous and international partners on development issues related to blind people.

Unab's Values

- Using braille at all times

- Excellency

- Transparency

- Unity

- Communicating loud to the blind

- Dignity for all.

- Love for one another.

- Respect for the whitecane.

- Justice

- Equity

Unab's Capacity

i) Skilled and well experienced board

ii) Trained and skilled human resource.

iii) Assets i.e. land for development, office equipment e.g. computers, transport

iv) Visible projects i.e Nabumali Training and Resource Centre of the Blind, Buwagongo daily farm, Hi-Tech project at Kireka

v) Group initiatives i.e. Balita logy development group of the blind in Luwero district, Mawotto association of the blind in Mukono, Soroti handcraft in Soroti district, Lira Multipurpose association of the blind, Blind But Able in Kampala.

vi) Strong unity within UNAB membership.

Organisational Structure

i) General Assembly: It's the supreme policy making body. Convening once every after four years comprising three delegates from district associations of the blind i.e. one male, one female and youth.

ii) Board of Directors: comprises of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, General Secretary, and Treasurer, Women’s representative, youth representative then regional representatives elected on a gender balance basis. The board which serves a four years term of office is elected by the General assembly.

iii) Standing committees: in order for the board to carry out the specific role effectively it divides into standing committees i.e. Management, Finance, Personnel, Women, Youth committees.

iv) Secretariat: Appointed by the board of directors as an implementing body of policies and decisions. It’s headed by the Executive Director.


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