We support projects which work towards equal rights and opportunities for children with disabilities and their families. We work alongside experienced and well-established local partners to build capacity and ensure sustainability of the programmes. We maintain a holistic approach to our work; we engage the child, the family and the communities they live in.
Our programmes are within the following thematic areas:
|Formal and non-formal education||We support projects that focus on the enrolment and retention of disabled children, primarily in Primary Education. We also support teacher training.|
We support disability awareness programmes in clinics, schools and communities that provide people with information about prevention of disabilities and the importance of early identification and timely treatment.
|Health and Rehabilitation||
We support projects which increase the physical mobility and independence of disabled children through training of their caregivers for rehabilitation exercises and the provision of assistive devices.
|Sport for social change||
We support projects which use the power of sport to raise awareness about disability, stimulate inclusion of children with disabilities in their schools and communities and teach life skills and health education.
We support projects that focus on empowerment of the caregivers of disabled children and which teach them strategies to cope with the disability and generate a small income.
We support the development of joint initiatives or networks of like-minded organisations working towards equal rights and opportunities for children with disabilities.
We believe that advocacy and capacity building of local communities and professionals within existing structures is the most effective way to bring about long-term sustainable change. However, we acknowledge that this can be a lengthy process, involving negotiation, planning and the development of training programmes. We are also aware that children with disabilities and their families have urgent needs which can affect their day-to-day survival. Therefore we, and our local partners, adopt a twin-track approach :
The twin-track approach focuses on the direct short-term and longer-term needs of children with disabilities and their families. Through disability specific interventions, we aim to increase access to health and rehabilitation services, formal and non-formal education, social activities and other support services. At the same time, we focus on breaking down societal barriers. These barriers include physical accessibility, attitudes, and mainstreaming disability in development programmes. So, in addition to disability-specific service delivery we advocate to change existing barriers. We will avoid duplicating existing services and aim to fill gaps within services currently available by working alongside local government and actively seeking collaboration with other like-minded organisations.
 This Twin-Track diagram has been adapted from ‘The Twin-Track Approach’ by CBM: http://www.cbm.org/The-Twin-Track-approach-250816.php