One of the most difficult parts of doing therapy in a community setting is quickly finding the one or two things that you can teach the caregiver or finding one adjustment you can make to improve the child with a disability’s quality of life.
Eventually several relatives visited and noticed that Mustafa had greatly improved. They wanted to pass out sweets to their friends and neighbors to celebrate.
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.
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.
The project staff have gathered for their weekly staff meeting. It is the one hour they have to themselves as a team, a time to discuss,
“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.”
“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).
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.
“The most beautiful thing is the big smile on his face.”
“This community has helped my son to improve not only physically, but also mentally.”
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.
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.
“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.”
A doctor, nurse, physical therapist, speech therapist and a special needs teacher, all on one dream team.
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.
We all have hopes for our children, but Mohammad’s mother had lost hope that he would be able to communicate.
As Hala has improved physically, so has her and her family’s emotional state. She is almost able go back to school again!
This four-year-old’s name literally means “Lovely Soul.” When she grins, you can see that it’s a good fit.
“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.”
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.
The leatherwork group is a prime example of Asset Based Community Development. Instead of looking at what needs the community had, we looked at their assets – they are skilled with their hands and they have time at home to produce goods.