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Children and young people with disabilities

When children face multiple disadvantages and also have disabilities, the chances that they will be abused, exploited or neglected are even higher. We recognise that the percentage of children with disabilities participating in our programmes is not representative of the number of these children in society. We aim to enable ‘hidden’ children and young people with disabilities to become more visible and for our projects to become more accessible to them. At the same time, we will become better connected with disabled people’s organisations and other agencies able to provide specialist services, so we can make referrals and get support when needed.

BANGLADESH: EBADULS' STORY

Ebadul is a teenage boy living with his family in Dhaka, where they have worked for over five years as waste-pickers on the Matuail dumpsite in order to survive. At 12 years old, Ebadul was working 10 hours a day, six days a week on the dumpsite and had dropped out of school. One day as Ebadul was out waste-picking with his mother, searching for valuable materials, he strayed too close to a bulldozer working on the dumpsite and one of his feet slipped under the bulldozer’s metal tracks, severely injuring his left leg.

Thanks to support from the waste-picker community, traders and Grambangla, Ebadul was able to attend hospital and receive treatment, but unfortunately his foot and the lower part of his leg had to be amputated. This was devastating for Ebadul and his family as he could no longer work and contribute to supporting the family.

Ebadul’s mother heard about ChildHope’s partner Grambangla and their Education and Health for Child Waste Pickers project that provides 6-month training on tailoring and mobile phone servicing for adolescent waste pickers. Ebadul chose to learn tailoring as the demand for tailors is very high in Dhaka. At Grambangla’s Technical Training Centre he learned how to make trousers, underskirts, dresses and other items of clothing.

Ebadul is happy in his new job at a local tailoring shop, is contributing to supporting his family and feels there is hope. He now has a dream that one day he will open a tailoring shop of his own.

Inclusion training has been rolled out for project partner and ChildHope staff members globally and we are embedding the Questions on Disability issued by the Washington Group on Disability Statistics into all our project surveys and community needs assessments This way we will have valid and relevant disability data available for project planning and review.

Children with disabilities: five year strategic priorities

By 2020

  • The needs of children and young people with disabilities will be clearly articulated in each of our projects
  • The proportion of children and young people with disabilities represented in our programmes will better reflect that of the society our partners are operating within
  • We and our partners will have active disability inclusion policies and implementation plans, which will form part of our partnership agreements

A partnership approach

ChildHope’s approach relies first and foremost on local partnerships.

Our partners are committed to child rights and understand the context of children’s lives. They share our values and deliver programmes that change the lives of children for the better.

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