It was a busy day at our office in Kyrgyzstan. Several families had come for consultations regarding adaptive equipment for their children with special needs. Some families had travelled several hours for the opportunity and had brought along all their children for the event, not only the ones getting the consultation.
When a toddler started racing up and down the office hallway with a walker, our staff assumed a little brother was just playing around. However, the child’s parents were delighted by his antics and asked a staff member if they could purchase a walker for their child. The staff hesitated and finally answered that we only sell our equipment to children with special needs, not just for any children to play with. The mother quickly asserted that this child was 2 ½ years old and had never walked alone before!
Of course the child got the walker and an incredible impact was made.
“This community has helped my son to improve not only physically, but also mentally.”
One of our desires is to help families care for their children with disabilities, and we are so glad to see the growth in Rich!
During the distribution, it was evident that many people have been out of work while some also reported being in debt primarily due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It was a busy day at our office in Kyrgyzstan. Several families had come for consultations regarding adaptive equipment for their children with special needs. Some families had travelled several hours for the opportunity and had brought along all their children for the event,
Her confidence has grown immensely, and with this growth, she has begun to teach and train other mothers in a way that contributes to making Operation Mercy’s work in Isfara truly sustainable.
Gulnoza truly brings sustained hope to the people she meets with. By caring for struggling individuals in this society, she is helping bring about the heart change that leads to life transformation.
The wheelchair has not only contributed to Amir’s improvement physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well.
We believe engaging with the local community is essential to doing effective development work. By working with leaders and citizens, we can positively affect attitudes towards children with disabilities and encourage a sustainable integration of our projects into the community.
Corner chairs and walking frames are essential tools for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities and for increasing their quality of life. The training was aimed specifically at how to make these assistive devices.
After months of meetings with local government authorities and other key parties, as well as planning, moving, and training, the day finally arrived – we opened our new office in Isfara…
She encouraged the younger girl to keep trying with the horse. Lisa received the encouragement, and her perseverance paid off.
A doctor, nurse, physical therapist, speech therapist and a special needs teacher, all on one dream team.
Adaptive equipment can make a big difference in a child’s life!
Soon Rahim began to speak those words. And it was like something opened up inside him. He began to respond to comments and requests from others.
“It takes time to see attitudinal changes,” says Emma, “but we think we have seen changes and as long as we stay and continue working, then we will see more positive changes ahead.”
The community based rehabilitation project in Rudaki provides early intervention and rehabilitation for children with disabilities and support for their parents.
“The joy and the friendship of these two boys, one having a disability and the other not, is one small step… that can hopefully start a giant leap in the direction of building an inclusive community.”
A gentleman from the Ministry of Health approaches the podium at the 1st National CBR Conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Six years ago we had a “friendship building experience,” in the form of a major argument over priorities for children with disabilities and where they live.
As Hala has improved physically, so has her and her family’s emotional state. She is almost able go back to school again!
“For many years this has been a dream of mine and now it is happening! It is because God loves us that he sent you to us.”