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.
It is important for us that all our interventions address everyday needs. For this reason we work as a team to set attainable, sustainable goals.
“My brain is too stupid for this,” Alim says to himself repeatedly while trying to fit the pieces together. The DARP staff encourage him: “You have a clever brain – look what you have learned already.”
Eventually several relatives visited and noticed that Mustafa had greatly improved. They wanted to pass out sweets to their friends and neighbors to celebrate.
As Hala has improved physically, so has her and her family’s emotional state. She is almost able go back to school again!
“I love speaking to new mothers that come in for the first time and giving them advice and counselling them. I love seeing the change that this brings into a family.”
In Iran, we work with Afghan refugees living with disabilities through the Disabled Afghan Refugee Project, also known as DARP.
Our recently opened rehabilitation centre gives people like Mojtaba and his mother new opportunities and hope for the future.
A community project in Tajikistan invites peers, children who do not have disabilities, to regularly attend rehabilitation activities six months before school starts.
A Fall party was a great opportunity to show guests just how much the children are learning.
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…
Her mother speaks about Sumaya’s development with great happiness and joy. She says, “I didn’t expect to see this much development in my daughter, but now I see she can do a lot and will continue to make progress!”
Problems with her birth left her unable to walk normally, so she has spent most of her life sitting and watching the world go by.
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.
We all have hopes for our children, but Mohammad’s mother had lost hope that he would be able to communicate.
“This community has helped my son to improve not only physically, but also mentally.”
Once more we realised the need to take the whole family setting into account. Once the family is on board, the mothers have more confidence and in turn the children can truly flourish.
“To see long-lasting change in the community, it’s important that we all work together, and the role of the families is very important in order to see inclusion happen…”
Counselling and referring people to specific places is one of the Disabled Afghan Refugee Project’s key activities.
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.
“The most beautiful thing is the big smile on his face.”
It is easy to think about development work only in terms of improving physical aspects of a community like economics or health. However, transformational development also means coming along-side the poor to help them spiritually and socially.