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COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION AND EMPOWERMENT OF PWDs


Persons with disability are the most disadvantaged section of society, they are also neglected in their family. Rehabilitation of people with disabilities is a process aimed at enabling them to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological and social functional levels. Disability refers to the disadvantage or restriction of activity caused by the way society is organized which takes little or no account of people who have physical, sensory or mental impairments. As a result such people are excluded and prevented from participating fully on equal terms in mainstream society. Rehabilitation provides disabled people with the tools they need to attain independence and self-determination. Even though the constitution guarantees equality freedom and dignity to all individuals, including persons with disabilities. But besides these policy frame works, we have to make things work. One of key instrument is education. Children with disabilities should have access, from the very beginning of their school lives, to the best possible educational opportunities that will enable them to cope with their disability and overcome any lack of self-confidence.

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is a strategy within community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities and social integration of all people with disabilities. CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of disabled people themselves, their families and communities, and the appropriate health, education, vocational and social services. Our efforts to reach out to the most vulnerable and excluded section in the society have resulted in focusing on children and People with Disabilities (PWDs) for their rehabilitation and empowerment. 73 Children have been directly assisted for their social, educational and medical fitness. 14 children are admitted in St. Francis School for Hearing impaired, Lucknow and 04 children are admitted in Nav Jyoti School for Visually Impaired, Lucknow. Others are pursuing their studies at local schools. The annual gathering of these children along with their guardians was conducted on 21 June at Harraiya and on 20 June at Kalwari and 28 children got special prizes in the various competitions conducted. 38 children participated in the gathering in Gorakhpur on the World Disability Day (UDAAN XII) organized by PGSS and Diocese of Gorakhpur. We initiated our efforts to form Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) to demand and get the due rights of the PWDs. We organized awareness programs through Puppetry and trainings in view of forming DPOs and Inclusive SHGs. Our target is to form 35 DPOs and reach out to more PWDs. (28 DPOs are formed in 2016-17)

Success Story

Disability is a State of Mind

It takes courage for any ordinary man to achieve a feat like success when he lacks at something; it simply requires passion for a person with disability to level the fame. Raj Tiwari (11 son of Mr. Ram Sagar and Mrs. Krishanawati from Phardapor village, Harraiya Basti Dt. U.P, stands as the epitome of unbeatable confidence when this disabled child (Loco Motor) achieved the feat of becoming first in the Navodaya Test from Harraiya Blcok.

Raj belongs to a financially back ward family and the sole income generation comes through farming in the scanty farmland owned by the family and through the selling of vegetables from the same. His mother is also an active member in the Self-help Group and she used to be present in every meetings. During the meeting the Coordinator, Sr. Lilly mentioned about causes and prevention of disabilities and she came to know about Raj during the meeting. Then Sr. Lilly took some time to give awareness to the parents of Raj regarding the importance of education. And later 2010 he added to the JVS/CBR program. When he joined with JVs program he was only five years old and was not going to school. Through the intervention of the DISA he started to go to the school and now he is studying in class 7th.

Raj has improved his health and attitude and interested in doing his daily activities by himself. Our first intervention was to do the ADL by himself and at first he started eating by his own hand, he takes bath by himself and he also helps the family members in the household activities. He respects his parents and others in the village there by creating a good environment in the neighborhood.

In his the family all respects him and cooperate with him to do his daily activities and responsibilities. He uses bicycle to move around in the village and neighborhood. He has gained a name and fame in the community by coming first for the Navodaya test from Harraiya Block. The significant change that we could see in him is his excessive desire to do his studies well, his rapport with others and his will power to do his responsibilities well is outstanding. He is very good in mathematics. The family members as well as the society are very grateful to JVS and DISA for enabling Raj to grow in skills and knowledge and have come up in life. He now nurtures the feeling of equality with others. And they continue to believe that through the continuous effort and help of DISA Raj may be able to shine in the future.

Success Story II

The scuess story of Akash is none different than the above. He still fights the odds to proclaim the will power of the human being to aim high neglecting the physical disabilities. Akash Kumar (17) is the son of Mr. Aravind and Ms. Pamela. They live in Bhairopur village, Bahadurpur, Basti Dt. U.P. He has got two brothers and one sister. He is the eldest in the family. Economic backwardness has been the hard nut to crack issue that this family faced and still this continues to be the current state of affairs. But nevertheless his whole family supports him to carry out his daily activities.

The first contact with Akash took place in the Year 2009. DISA is having the community development program in his village and his mother is an active member in the Self Help Group. She used to be present in all the meetings. During the group meeting Fr.Francis, the then director had a discussion with the members regarding the causes and prevention of disabilities. Pamela informed Fr. Francis about Akash and his disability and he visited him at home. Later in the year 2007 he was admitted in the JVS/CBR program. When he joined with the program he was only six years old and was not going to school. Through the intervention of DISA he started to go to the school and now he is studying in class 10th.

The mediator of DISA felt the need of providing him with the wheel chair and the crutches. It helped Akash in his day to day life. With the help of DISA he managed to get the Disability certificate. The organization helped him to get his wheel chair and pay his school fees.

Now Akash has improved his interest in doing his studies and daily activities. He hold the remarkable position of 2nd rank in his school. Through our intervention he became very active, does all the works at home and out. He respects his parents and others in the family and outside. He has created a good relationship in the community. In the family all respect him and cooperates with him to do his daily activities and responsibilities. He uses Tri-cycle to move around in the neighborhood. Some times without any aid he is able to move around in the house. He has gained name and fame in the community through the showcasing of his will power to fight the negativities of physical disabilities. The significant change that we could see in him is his great desire to do his studies well, his friendship with others and his will power to do his responsibilities well. Now he has joined with livelihood program. The family members as well as the society are very grateful to DISA for enabling Akash come up in life. And they continue to believe that through the continuous effort and help of JVS and DISA Akash may be able to have a better future. His parents also have given confidence that he can do the wonderful works. He is able to continue his studies as well as run the petty shop with his parent’s support.

FOCUS AREA Special SHGs DPOs MEMBERS
Basti Sadar Block (Basti) 61 10 890
Harraiya Block (Basti) 45 16 688
Total: 106 26 1578