100 parents and caregivers of children with severe disability will be taken through in depth guidance and counselling on how to live well with disability in order to counter cultural misconceptions. They will also go through a comprehensive entrepreneurial and business training and 60 recipients given business stock to start sustainable businesses to support their children with basic necessities.
Persons with disabilities’ opportunity to thrive is often limited by the local communities failing to understand their plight. Disability is often viewed in line with charity as opposed to human rights provision. Children with severe disabilities are not able to do anything independently hence completely rely on their parents or caregivers who are mostly jobless. The parents/caregivers can hardly sustain a job because their children
Require constant attention and close supervision. As a result, they can hardly put food on the table or afford private health insurance cover to guarantee the health of their children who need special medical care, upkeep and day-care of such children
Alongside the physiotherapy sessions and attached transport expenses; often, these are single mothers divorced or deserted due to cultural perceptions and misconceptions on having disabled children.
Through the project, we envision economically independent parents and caregivers of children with severe disability. With the training and stock support, they will establish self-sufficient businesses and reduce overdependence on handouts. In the fullness of time, they have the business acumen and sustainable income to provide special diet to the children and cater for their special medical costs.
This way, we safeguard the well-being of parents and care-givers of children with severe disabilities who have been excluded from the provisions of person with disabilities laws.
100 recipients gain self-esteem and self-confidence from the guidance and counselling and mentorship sessions. Through the business skills training, they are confident to start and run sustainable businesses. In one year, 60 parents and caregivers will have sufficient income to cater for the needs of their severely disabled children. This is expected to improve self-reliance by, parents and caregivers of children with severe disabilities by at least 40 percent. The children can have food at the table, better medical care and constant care and monitoring from their guardians whose business stalls are closer home.
300 family members will benefit from the increased income. They have basic needs and can afford decent living leading independent lives.
40 recipients will be tasked with training 10 other recipients who in most cases are expected to be in registered self-help groups. This means 400 indirect people have increased cultural awareness on disability which is expected to improve the inclusion of disabled persons in socioeconomic activities by 10% in the empowered community.
Additionally, the community benefits from the participants’ entrepreneurial skills in different crafts from which theey can earn income. These engagements allow an inclusive environment for the people living with a disability restoring their hope.
The budget for the following activities is KES 1,386,756 or € 11,357. The donations will be channelled to:
Vision of the Blind’s competet staff will be engaged in monitoring and evaluation of the project to leverage on their expertise. We will also strive to cater for training venues and also task volunteers and interns to assist in performing any tasks that will witness funds deficit or depletion.
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