During the distribution, it was evident that many people have been out of work while some also reported being in debt primarily due to COVID-19 restrictions. The help of these items was crucial to these vulnerable families who have people with disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
“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…”
A Fall party was a great opportunity to show guests just how much the children are learning.
She encouraged the younger girl to keep trying with the horse. Lisa received the encouragement, and her perseverance paid off.
As Hala has improved physically, so has her and her family’s emotional state. She is almost able go back to school again!
A doctor, nurse, physical therapist, speech therapist and a special needs teacher, all on one dream team.
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.
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 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.
Eventually several relatives visited and noticed that Mustafa had greatly improved. They wanted to pass out sweets to their friends and neighbors to celebrate.
A community project in Tajikistan invites peers, children who do not have disabilities, to regularly attend rehabilitation activities six months before school starts.
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 community has helped my son to improve not only physically, but also mentally.”
This four-year-old’s name literally means “Lovely Soul.” When she grins, you can see that it’s a good fit.
“The most beautiful thing is the big smile on his face.”
When nationwide shut-down for Covid-19 hit Kyrgyzstan, Nurgul knew she had to find something for the special education teachers she leads to do. So she turned the work furlough into a massive training time.
“It was my dream to be able to stand up on my own feet,” she said. “And now, my dream has come true thanks to Operation Mercy.”