Livelihoods for children with severe disability
20 parents and caregivers of children with severe disabilities will receive in-depth guidance and counselling on how to live well with disability in order to counter societal misconceptions.
Parents with children with disabilities can hardly sustain a job since their children completely rely on them and 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. In addition, most of these parents are single mothers divorced or deserted due to cultural perceptions and misconceptions on having disabled children.
The 20 parents and caregivers will participate in a 2 month business training covering book keeping, sales and saving twice per week. After the training they receive business stock to start sustainable businesses. From the small businesses, they earn a minimum of Ksh 500 (or €3) per day net profit. In turn, supporting their children with basic necessities such as food at the table, better medical care and constant care and monitoring from their guardians whose business stalls are closer home.
In 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.
In one year, 20 parents and caregivers are economically independent, which means that they have a sustainable income to provide a special diet to the children with severe disabilities and cater for their special medical costs. 60family members will benefit from the increased income.
This is expected to improve the self-reliance of parents and caregivers of children with severe disabilities.
The 20 recipients will be tasked with training 2 other parents and caregivers each in business skills. This means 40 indirect people have increased cultural awareness on disability and business skills literacy.
Additionally, the community benefits from the participants’ entrepreneurial skills in different crafts from which they 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 Ksh 1,234,737 (or € 10,248). The donations will be channelled to:
- Identification and training needs assessment activities for 20 recipients.
- Training expenses which include stationeries, training equipment for disabled participants including but not limited to; Braille papers, special writing materials and production of large print materials and paraphernalia for Training of Trainers.
- Guidance & counselling and training & mentorship sessions
- Purchase of business stock and acquisition of stalls/joints for 20 parents/ caregivers for children with severe disability.
- 5% to iMPACT direct for facilitating direct donations to local solutions (covering our costs for the website, financial costs of direct donations, and basic costs to support NGOs in promotion and fundraising).
Vision of the Blind’ will also cater for training venues and also task volunteers and interns to assist in performing any tasks that will witness funds deficit or depletion.