Archive for December 2011
Volunteers of Care Society play a vital role in the development of the organization by supporting the work done by Care Society in the area of advocacy, awareness and providing direct support to target groups. Volunteers have been supporting throughout the years in all the events, camps and other activities targeted for the children of the care development centre. Commitment and support from the volunteers is a huge reason for the success of these events.
In the occasion of International Volunteer Day, a very special dinner was organized for the volunteers at Gourmet restaurant on 8th December 2011. The dinner was arranged to appreciate the unconditional support they have been providing to Care Society and provide an opportunity for them to interact in a friendly environment. This also turned out to be a good platform for all the volunteers and staffs to build a relationship and to have a fun time.
Care Society’s management acknowledged the work of volunteers and gifts were given to all the volunteers. A very special award “the Best Volunteer of the Year 2011” was given to Abdulla Aleem for his outstanding volunteer support and commitment given for Care.
Care Society would like to thank ALIA Investment Pvt Ltd for sponsoring the dinner night. Special thanks to management of the Gourmet restaurant for giving a special discount for the dinner. We would also like to thank Aunty and Muiz for capturing the beautiful moments of the night. Furthermore we extend our gratitude to all the volunteers and staff that made this day special.
The first Disability Forum –to make the Rights Real was held on 7th December 2011 at SHE Building. The forum was formally opened by the Deputy Minister of Health and Family (MoHF), Fathmath Afiya. Disability Council, the Gender Department of MoHF, National Social Protection Agency (NSPA), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Housing and Environment, and Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM), gave presentations on disability related work that they have done in 2011 and shared their plans for the next year.
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Department of Information) and Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports, had also shared their interest and the various areas that they can explore to better the lives of persons with disabilities.
On behalf of all the NGOs working in the disability field (Maldives Deaf Association, Blind and Visual Impairment Society of Maldives, Care Society, Association for Disability Development, and Autism Association) Care Society’s Director Shidhatha Shareef gave a presentation on the role of NGOs , the challenges faced, and also the recommendations to the respective sectors.
After each presentation the floor was opened for Questions and answers. Group discussions were held to discuss how to speed up the implementation of Disability Act (8/2010), how to acquire budgets, and how to establish a disability network. After the discussions a steering committee was elected from the participants to work on forming the network. The committee includes representatives from Human Rights Commission of Maldives, National Social Protection Agency, Association for Disability Development, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Department of Information), and Disability Council and also representatives from Persons with Disabilities.
A declaration was drafted including the comments, recommendations and also highlighting the areas that need to be addressed immediately with regard to the Disability Act (8/2010). The declaration was co-signed by the Disability Council, Ministry of Health and Family, and NGOs. On behalf of the NGOs Care Society signed the declaration.
It would be the responsibility of all the sectors to work as a team to achieve the goals agreed in the declaration.
Left to Right: Shidhatha Shareef, the Director of Care Soceity; Fathimath Afiya, The Deputy Minister of The Ministry of Health and Family & Ahmed Athif, The President of Disability Council.
December 3rd is marked as the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It aims to increase the understanding of the issues around disabilities and attention to the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The theme for this year was “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development.”
In order to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Care Society held an event at Raalugandu on 3rd December. The purpose of the event was to create awareness on disability related issues among the public. With regard to this a lot of activities were carried on. Various kind of information related to disabilities were given to children and parents. Heads promoting the rights of Persons with Disabilities were given to the children. Gifts were also given to the children who learned at least one thing about disabilities, these in turn motivated children to learn and seek more information. Games like work game and target game were played which made people more ware about different kinds of disabilities and disability related accessible signs. Outdoor games like sit down volleyball were introduced to promote inclusive games for the persons with disabilities; cutting game was introduced help the children and youth to empathize with the persons with disabilities. Drawings by children on the theme disability were made. A Learn SIGN LANGUAGE game was carried on to make children and youth to get familiarized with the sign language used by the persons with hearing impairment.
A jumble sale and a photo shoot stall was also arranged to get fund for the Care Development Centre (CDC), a special school run by Care Society. The photo shoot stalls was organized by “Touch Life Photography” studio.
We would like to thank all the volunteers of Care for their full support and cooperation to make this event a success. We would also like to thank Happy Market, Touch Life Photography and Male City Council for sponsorships and support they have offered.
Information counter: Answer and win a gift
Maji showing the signs of alphabet in Sign Language
Nashiz and Safa in charge of the Jumble sale with Aleef
Looba giving information about Disabilities
Luha & Yazeedh facilitating the word game
Sit Down Volly Ball
The Care Team who made the event a success
Care joined with Human Rights Commission of Maldives and Child Abuse Prevention Society & Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies on November 18th and 19th in order to mark the Child Abuse Prevention Day.
On 25th November Care participated in the “DID YOU KNOW” Campaign, a UNDP-run campaign called ‘Access to Justice’ to raise awareness on the Maldives legal system and rights. Care Society has participated to make the public about different kinds of disabilities, United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the National Disability Act of Maldives (8/2010).
Aishath Looba, the Deputy Director of Care Society giving a brief of the awareness activities carried out in the stall
Stall of Care Society
Aminath Sidhuna showing Signs of the letters used in the Sign Language
Target Game: Introducing the accessible disability signs.
On 26th November Care participated in the WALK WITH FRIENDS FOR DIABETES to the mark the World Diabetes Day… In which the staffs and volunteers of Care Society participated in the walk with other organization from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.