Archive for November 2012
Posted November 10, 2012on:
As we celebrate our 14th year of existence, we are proud to state that our work has expanded progressively with each passing year.
When Care Society came into existence, disability was a taboo in most of the households in Maldives, making it difficult for us to reach out and provide our services to the community. As we grew with each year we have been able to reach more and more people around the nation. Currently, we have more than 600 registered target members at Care Society.
After the 2004 tsunami, Care Society widened its’ services to include advocating for the rights of children and women, building capacity of civil society organizations including Community Based Organizations, and assisting survivors of natural disaster, while still the main focus remaining on persons with disabilities.
Throughout these 14 years we have reached several milestones in development, starting with Care Development Centre, the only rehabilitation and education centre established for people with disabilities being registered as a special school after 11 years of service in 2012. The Community based rehabilitation program initiated with two programs in Gdh. Thinadhoo and S. HIthadhoo has expanded its services to several islands in establishing awareness programs and community based programs targeting persons with disabilities. Capacity building of those involved in these programs is ongoing, with new people being trained each year to work with persons with disabilities at an island/atoll level.
Currently there are 47 persons with disabilities receiving direct intervention at Care Development Center with a total of 10 teachers working diligently with them and still there are a number of students waiting to get an opportunity to study at Care Development Center.
This year, to extend our services we have started a Home Based Program focusing on the registered people who are unable to join Care Development Center. This program concentrates on training the parents/ guardians of the person with disability to work with them at home with the guidance of case workers from Care Society. At present there are 4 persons with disabilities registered in the program.
With this year came the establishment of the HELLO Friends Club, targeting children between the age of 4 and 13 years. The club is designed to develop social skills through play, drama, music, art, craft and reading. The main purpose of this club is to support young children, families and communities to learn how to participate and integrate people with disabilities.
With our hard work comes the assistance of outsiders, who have become a part of Care Society through different avenues; as a volunteer, a member, a sponsor, or simply a well-wisher. Therefore on this occasion, as we celebrate our 14th Anniversary we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of those who has helped us throughout our existence and hope that we will always be blessed to have you with us in the future.
Regardless of our huge success and hard work, challenges that we face are vast. We are still being confronted with a shortage of people with expertise in the area of disability and the lack of a better space to provide our services. Currently we are struggling to find a way to construct the new building, which will be a special education school for children with disabilities and hopefully to provide other opportunities for persons with disabilities.
It brings us great pleasure to say we kept on moving uphill for the past 14 years and will keep on moving forward towards “An inclusive community free of inequality”.
Written by: Safa Ibrahim
Edited by: Aishath Looba
On the occasion of India Maldives Friendship Day 2012 Care Society has been awarded with a plaque in recognition of its contribution for the welfare of Persons with Disabilities. Also Care Society was given a donation of Maldivian Rufiyaa 25 thousand to support the work of Care Society.
This is a day for Care Society to be proud for its achievements once again. The impact of such contributions and awards are very high on the work of NGOs working in any field. Since Care Society has been given the opportunity to participate in the 1st World Congress on Community Based Rehabilitation, this contribution has come at an opportune time, therefore utilizing the amount donated by the Indian High Commission for the World Congress.
We at Care Society convey our deepest gratitude to the Indian High Commission for their generosity and for recognizing the work of Care Society.
Written by : Safa Ibrahim
Advocacy Manager, Care Society