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, plan, assess, evaluate, question, give feed-back, remind, refocus, share and laugh.
We all have hopes for our children, but Mohammad’s mother had lost hope that he would be able to communicate.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“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…”
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.
The community based rehabilitation project in Rudaki provides early intervention and rehabilitation for children with disabilities and support for their parents.
A doctor, nurse, physical therapist, speech therapist and a special needs teacher, all on one dream team.
A Fall party was a great opportunity to show guests just how much the children are learning.
We added to the encouragement that her loving father and supportive mother were giving her, to try to give her hope to move forward.
“The most beautiful thing is the big smile on his face.”
As Hala has improved physically, so has her and her family’s emotional state. She is almost able go back to school again!
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.
This four-year-old’s name literally means “Lovely Soul.” When she grins, you can see that it’s a good fit.
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,
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.