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.
Amina has grown in her capacity to advocate for children with disabilities, to encourage other mothers, and now has grown in confidence to share her knowledge and experience with the social assistance workers too.
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,
“The most beautiful thing is the big smile on his face.”
“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.”
“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.”
We all have hopes for our children, but Mohammad’s mother had lost hope that he would be able to communicate.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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…”
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.
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.
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.
“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).
The community based rehabilitation project in Rudaki provides early intervention and rehabilitation for children with disabilities and support for their parents.
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…
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.
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.
“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.”
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.