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Inclusive Development & Independent Living

As we all know very well, at least one person out of 10 is estimated to have a disability of some kind. Furthermore, among the poor, the risks of disabilities are higher, and among the disabled, the risks of becoming poor are higher than among others. This is a vicious circle that the human kind has been witnessing, particularly in the developing world, which is struggling with scarce resources in order to provide balanced development to its inhabitants.

CHIP formed CCB and WO in a backward rural area of Sohawa in collaboration with the local community which would ultimately work for the eradication of poverty and backwardness.

In the rural areas, disabled persons are still living in isolation in a very hopeless condition and they are considered as a burden on their families which is against the humanity.

CHIP has taken an initiative that the persons with disability must participate in the society with dignity and should be provided equal opportunities. Involving disabled people, not only in specific projects targeted to them, but also in the mainstreaming of the UN policy design and societal planning, is an effective way to ensure that our policies and plans are viable and sustainable for more and more of our citizens.

The local CCB identified a family in a village named DHOK GHARYALI. Haji Muhammad Din has 4 daughters. Two of them are disabled. Ms. Yasmeen Akhter age of 30 years , is physically disabled by birth and is severally disabled. She can not do her work independently like toileting, shifting, traveling, cloth changing etc. Due to limited resources, she could not afford to buy a wheel chair. Her family used to take her in a trolley outside her home.

Day by day she has become a victim of inferiority complex. She looks much older than her actual age. The second daughter of Muhammad Din is mentally disabled. She is also dependent on her family.

CHIP has implemented inclusive development and also taught them about the independent living. Their house has been made totally accessible by installing ramps. Commode chair has also been installed in the bathroom. We also provided wheelchair to Ms. Yasmeen Akhter.

Mr. Asim Zafar, President of Saaya Association, is also a disabled by polio and using a wheelchair, is an excellent role model for all of us. He stressed on Independent Living as it is an important goal and principle also for people living with disabilities for a variety of other reasons related to the dimensions of poverty and welfare:

 

  • Being able to exercise their own civic rights;
  • Being able to have access to basic services;
  • Being able to have independent capacity to manage one’s livelihood risks; and being able to strengthen the status of disabled in our societies and perhaps also their self-respect.

 

He taught Ms. Yasmeen and her family about the usage of wheelchair, shifting skills (wheelchair to bed and commode). He also taught them about how to move a wheelchair on the ramp. Mr. Asim also encouraged them by a counseling session. After all this procedure, now, Ms. Yasmeen Akhter can move on wheel chair independently in her home. She also can go outside independently and participate in all occasions with dignity. He also held a counseling session with the CCB’s, WO and local community in which he told them about the problems, needs, solutions of disabled persons.

The response from the local community was very positive and they assured us that we will support this noble cause.

The second part of this inclusive development process was to make the well accessible for the disabled persons, old people, children and pregnant women. After the installation of ramp, the people of Kandhyari can use the ramp in order to get the water from the well.

Mr. Asim Zafar carried out a survey before the installation of the ramps.

Recommendations:

  • Wheel chairs required in the area of DHOK GHARYALI
  • Training on Independent Living must be applied by the PWD’s and CCB and role model
  • Practical demonstrations, trainings, Counseling sessions are also required
  • Disabled and non-disabled community should work together for the inclusive development

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