Sarah Wang’ombe is a Program Officer at Sightsavers International Kenya, an INGO that promotes equality for individuals with visual impairments and other disabilities. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sarah supports Sightsavers International’s efforts to increase inclusive employment among Kenyan businesses and is responsible for building partnerships with Kenya’s private sector, government labor agencies, and the local disability community.
She has been an active figure in Kenya’s disability community for several years, having worked at Humanity & Inclusion before her current position. While at HI, she supported the PFP-IDE Program’s work across East Africa. She also served as a program assistant in HI’s humanitarian work in Dadaab Refugee Camps, where she focused on disability mainstreaming through livelihood interventions including providing adaptive technology, facilitating formulation of village savings and associations, business management training and provision of personalized social support.
Sarah plans to build the capacity of Kenya’s self-advocacy groups and disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) to create direct inclusive employment partnerships with private companies and small businesses in East Africa. She is interested in learning new ways to inform employers about the social and economic benefits of inclusive employment, and how to train self-advocates to engage business leaders.
Sarah will work with 6 Kenyan self-advocacy organizations who will learn leadership and business engagement strategies through the project. She will implement the project in collaboration with the Union of Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK), the umbrella for organizations for people with disabilities in Kenya.
Sarah with individuals with disabilities at an Inclusion Works event in Nairobi.