The Abilis Foundation will not process new funding applications until January 31st, 2018. More information will be available on our website in early 2018.
Abilis Foundation funds projects that promote the Human Rights, participation, independent living, education and employment of Persons with Disabilities in developing countries. Special attention is given to girls and women with disabilities.
Abilis Foundation monitors results and impacts of projects and develops evaluation systems to recognize changes and processes starting from ones individual life. The focus of the funding activities is positive attitude towards disability.
Abilis Foundation funds projects that are planned, implemented, reported and monitored by Persons with Disabilities through their Organizations. Main principles guide the project implementation and management work throughout the project life.
The main purpose of Abilis Foundation is to strengthen the capacity of Disabled People’s Organizations and their members in developing countries so that they can work actively for improvements and realization of disability rights in society. Participation of persons with disabilities not only empowers them, but changes the negative attitude of society towards disability.
We are soon closing the year 2016, a year filled with changes, new issues and hard work. All major changes started already in autumn 2015 when the government of Finland decided to cut development aid funding drastically. The cut hit Abilis, among other NGOs and development aid agencies. The news was shocking, even though everybody knew the financial constraints of Finland and unfavourable attitudes towards development aid. Unprepared for such cuts, the NGO’s, Abilis included, realizing just how dependent they had been on government support, now found their very existence threatened and their future in the balance. read more
There are over 500 million girls and women with disabilities in the world, in other words, 18 % of its entire female population. Discrimination and human rights violations are part of their daily lot in life. Because of their disability, they are deemed incapable of being mothers and wives. More often than not, they are forced to undergo abortions and sterilisation, they are being exploited sexually and have no access to healthcare and social services. The discrimination is systematic and takes place at home as well as in society at large. It is still not unusual for family members with disabilities to be kept hidden at home for years with no social contact. The situation of girls and women with disabilities in developing countries is bleak. read more
Arto Vilmi (62) is a visually impaired, independent man who has worked for six and a half years as project coordinator for Abilis Foundation. He is a true polyglot who knows more languages than anybody else at Abilis:” oh, four or five fluently,” he modestly admits. At the end of the year he is to retire with mixed feelings. read more