More Action for Disability Inclusion (MADI), Inc is a disability inclusion advocacy organization founded in April 2014 in Cameroon. MADI was then incorporated in 2018 in the DMV area of the USA (Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia) as a 501(c) 3 organization under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Section 501(c) 3 is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption on nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations.
PLWDs are still vulnerable to abuse, neglect, segregation, discrimination, marginalization, and institutionalization, resulting in their eventual exclusion and isolation from the development processes in their respective communities.
At MADI, we are committed to:
We emphasize as in the CEO’s message that according to the ”World Report on Disability” compiled by the World Bank and WHO and published in 2011, more than 1 billion people in the world, which is about 15.6% of the world’s population experience some form of disability.
Key statistics and situational analysis indicate that:
It is against this backdrop that MADI was born to provide proper advocacy, and to initiate and execute programs geared towards the complete inclusion of all Persons Living With Disabilities(PLWDs) in education, humanitarian response and WASH services, vocational training and decent employment.
At MADI, our work is grounded on the basic principle that GOD loves and cares for ALL human beings unconditionally, irrespective of their real or imagined abilities or disabilities.
Empowering children and adults with disabilities begins by acknowledging that society is made up of persons who have a wide range of abilities.
For a very long time now, PLWDs have been discriminated and permanently excluded from the development processes of their respective communities.
It is against this backdrop that MADI was founded in an effort to redress this omission by promoting and advocating for more disability-inclusive developmental approaches and practices in our communities that will help restore hope, dignity and respect for PLWDs in general in order for them to achieve their full potentials in an equitable and disability-friendly society.
At MADI we therefore seek to specifically address:
At MADI we also seek to foster research particularly on barriers to disability inclusion by offering opportunities for volunteerism and internships.
MADI's mission is 'to contribute towards global efforts in enhancing the inclusion of persons living with disabilities(PLWDs) in the development processes of their communities by providing life-changing services that inspire dignity, hope, respect and independence'.
By 2023 with the re-writing of the SDGs, MADI strives to reconstruct inclusive communities where all PLWDs are welcome and able to live independently with dignity, hope and respect while allowed to make a vital contribution to their community, society and the host nations they reside in. '' Leaving No one Behind''.
At MADI our major goal is to contribute in the promotion and enhancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of PLWDs (UNCRPD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) slated for 2030, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognizes in its preamble that “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development”.*
At MADI we address disability as both a cause and consequence of poverty. PLWDs are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without disabilities; they still remain the poorest of the poor and suffer double vulnerability despite the proliferation of many Community Based Organizations (CBOs) promoting their rights. There still exists a very strong relationship between disability and poverty. In fact, disability and poverty form a vicious cycle.
* See Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. United Nations, 2015 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld/publication
MADI was established to:
At MADI, we seek diversity in our staff, in our programs, in our volunteers and as well as in the people we serve.
At MADI, our projects and outcome goals evolve around women, children, boys, girls, men, older adults, refugees and IDPs with disabilities.
MORE ACTION for Disability Inclusion(MADI), Inc.
P.O. Box 51, HAGERSTOWN, Washington County,MD 21741 : www.more-actionmadi.org| email@example.com
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