2013 Akili Dada Fellow and Founder/Executive Director of The Action Foundation (TAF), Maria Omare, is a proud recipient of the Social Entrepreneurs Award as part of the Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa (SET Africa) Fellows Program. She is among 25 accomplished young social entrepreneurs from 15 African Nations who were recently honored in Kampala, Uganda as Fellows of SET Africa.
Maria founded TAF in 2010 with the aim of improving the health of children with disabilities and supporting them to achieve their maximum potential. Working with local community members, health professionals and using a volunteer based approach, The Action Foundation operates a centre in Kibera that primarily serves children with Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and Autism as well those with other forms of physical and mental disability. Parents of children attending the centre make handicrafts from water hyacinth to earn a living and also learn techniques to provide their children the care they need.
The organization’s volunteer program engages individuals from all over the world to offer high quality services despite limited resources. TAF offers therapeutic services such as occupational, speech, art and physical therapy to disabled children attending their rehabilitation centre. Their ultimate goal is to improve their social, communication and motor skills in order for them to lead a dignified and healthy life.
For an inclusive society to be achieved, all children should be valued in spite of their differences.
She dedicates the award to the organization's partners and supporters, board members, staff, and volunteers for the team effort of working to realize the organization's vision of a fully inclusive society where children with disabilities can realize their maximum potential.
To address the need to equip emerging young leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the development of communities and nations, SET Africa was launched in 2013, providing young social innovators with the organizational leadership skills, mentoring, networks, and funding opportunities needed to strengthen and scale up their social ventures. SET Africa is an initiative of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and the International Youth Foundation ( IYF) , with funding support from the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID) and The Master Card Foundation.
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Meet the 2014 Akili Dada Fellows.