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. It even means encouraging them to laugh and play.
Eventually several relatives visited and noticed that Mustafa had greatly improved. They wanted to pass out sweets to their friends and neighbors to celebrate.
We added to the encouragement that her loving father and supportive mother were giving her, to try to give her hope to move forward.
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!”
Members of our team in Kazakhstan, in partnership with others in Almaty, have been using their occupational therapy and caring skills with people with disabilities.
“Producing something with your own hands out of natural leather, this soft but sturdy material, gives you a strong sense of satisfaction. It is very calming,” shares the teacher for leather work in our Afghan Refugees with Disabilities Project (DARP).
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.
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.
A Fall party was a great opportunity to show guests just how much the children are learning.
“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.”
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…
This four-year-old’s name literally means “Lovely Soul.” When she grins, you can see that it’s a good fit.
“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.”
A doctor, nurse, physical therapist, speech therapist and a special needs teacher, all on one dream team.
The community based rehabilitation project in Rudaki provides early intervention and rehabilitation for children with disabilities and support for their parents.
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.
Anna is always going to need a lot of help, but if we can make small changes like how she is positioned at home, it’s going to have big long term effects on how tight her muscles become and how much movement and quality of life she has in the future.
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.
“The most beautiful thing is the big smile on his face.”
“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…”
This project supports rehabilitation by connecting refugees with disabilities with specialized services and therapies, by enhancing their psycho social well-being through counseling and by increasing their awareness of skills training opportunities.