DREAM project seeks to ensure that RUB has manifested itself as a strong advocate and the legitimate ‘go to’ organization for external stakeholders in matters related to persons with visual impairment issues. The idea is to create learning models for how to include persons in education and socioeconomic activities. This means that CWVI and their families will have an understanding of their rights and the importance of the children receiving an education. Further, it means that RUB members can actively participate in governmental programs or run their own profitable businesses. The learning models will build on the experiences from activities and support RUB in further establishing its‘brand’ as a spokes organization for BPS persons. On a more institutional level, RUB will as an organisation further build its own capacity to advocate towards national stakeholders, such as government institutions – and other service providers – to ratify and implement national and international policies advancing the rights of PWD; in particular the Inclusive Education Policy and the Marrakech treaty.
This means there will be significant positive changes to the lives of the individual beneficiaries of this project as they partake in testing the activity approaches and further consolidating RUB as a strong sustainable organization, and on a larger scale, learning models will be established which can be used in future advocacy and in relation to rolling out similar initiatives in other districts across Rwanda.
From October 2017 to October 2020, with the support of DPOD through DAB, the project is targeting 15 RUB branches located in 12 districts (Kicukiro, Nyamagabe, Ruhango, Kamonyi, Rubavu, Karongi, Ngororero,Burera, Rulindo,Bugesera , Nyagatare and Rusizi).