Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY), is a Kenyan Non Governmental Organization formed by and for youth with disabilities. It is duly registered with the Government of Kenya through the NGO Board.
ANDY’s work focuses mainly at the grassroot levels where we operate to reach and raise the voices of the often unheard at the national and international levels.
We believe and strongly uphold the fact that disability rights are human rights, there cannot be development in any country if persons with disabilities are still placed on the periphery of the mainstream development processes.
ANDY is dedicated to achieving equality, inclusion and empowerment of youth with disability in Kenya. ANDY seeks to mainstream this group into all aspects of daily life – unfortunately yet far from common in Kenyan society.
ANDY is a unique initiative that provides an inspiring environment for people with different types of disabilities – and people without disabilities – to work together.
ANDY has no religious or political affiliations and operates on the principles of neutrality, unity, impartiality and inclusivity.
Being a user-led organization, we have developed competency over a period of time through our rights based approaches to development work and the use of the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities as a guiding framework.
ANDY works in partnership with both local and international organizations that advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.
In the course of ANDY’s work in the communities we serve, we are guided by core values to ensure consistency and prudent management of the organization; in the quest of meeting our objectives, we work towards:
- Rights based approach in programming.
- Active participation of disabled youth
- Respect for diversity and partnerships
- Accountability to our beneficiaries and supporters
- Honest & gender sensitive leadership
- We are recognized as one of the most organized youth NGO working across various types of disabilities in Kenya, these include, the Physical, Hearing, Visual, Intellectual disabilities and Albinism.
- Over 250 participants have participated in sports in the last three years within Nairobi.
- Recognized by government in exemplary achievement in promoting youth agenda towards realization of Kenya Development goals
- Participated in sports and won trophies in various national tournaments
- 9 trainings have been held with over 200 participants being trained in entrepreneurship.
- Over 200 youth with disabilities have secured internships through ANDY and over 30 have secured permanent employment as a result of their internships.
- Reached over a thousand youth with disabilities with HIV prevention campaigns
- Publication of 2000 human rights advocacy booklet entitled ‘Know your rights, Shape your future.’ Which are being used by young advocates for outreach work.
- Have reached over a thousand persons with disabilities through our various projects countrywide.