The wheelchair has not only contributed to Amir’s improvement physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well.
The community based rehabilitation project in Rudaki provides early intervention and rehabilitation for children with disabilities and support for their parents.
“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…”
“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.”
Alisher is a boy with autism, who struggles to interact well with his world, struggles with behaviour and attention and is not able to speak.
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.
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.
When asked about the experience, she said: “I was really happy to see that people did not notice just her disability, but they appreciated her ability.”
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!”
“This community has helped my son to improve not only physically, but also mentally.”
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 four-year-old’s name literally means “Lovely Soul.” When she grins, you can see that it’s a good fit.
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.
A doctor, nurse, physical therapist, speech therapist and a special needs teacher, all on one dream team.
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.
“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.”
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.
A Fall party was a great opportunity to show guests just how much the children are learning.
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.
We added to the encouragement that her loving father and supportive mother were giving her, to try to give her hope to move forward.