15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, this make it to 1 billion people in the world. People with disabilities are double disadvantaged due to poverty and disability. They are considered as burden in the family and society and are subjected to taunting, abuse and isolation.
NBJK with the kind support of organizations like CBM-Australian Aid, Sightsavers, AVI-BLF, Axis Bank Foundation, Sense International, Carers Worldwide, Birla Sunlife Insurance has been able to reach 54000 people with disabilities and facilitated 2778 to access entitlements like certification, pension, railway pass, school enrollment, aids & appliances. 322 children with disabilities were provided home based services like physiotherapy, sign language/speech therapy, orientation & mobility, activities of daily living, nutritional food, training to parents etc.
NBJK is promoting Carers (mostly women in families) of physically/mentally challenged people and works with 854 listed carers organized as 59 SHGs and 4 clusters. These carers are organized as a community and raise voice for livelihood support, recognition as well as convergence with government schemes. NBJK supports person with disabilities to help them. Person with disabilities are organized in 238 DSHGs/Disabled People’s Self-Help Groups (18 with bank linkage), 5 DPOs/Disables People’s Organizations and promoted them to form a powerful disability rights group in Jharkhand and Bihar states of India. Vocational training, placement and self-employment support and other rehabilitation services are provided for the rehabilitation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the society.
What is the need?
World Health Organization estimates that about 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, of whom 2-4% experience significant functional difficulties. Person with disability are among poorest of the poor. It is a proven fact that disability leads to poverty and poverty leads to disability, thus forming a vicious cycle which can only be breached unless external support is provided. In villages, disables are considered as burden in the family & community and are socially excluded. They are termed as cursed person and are forced to live life in isolation, isolated from even basic human rights. They are subjected to taunting life time and are often depressed. But, if person with disability are provide proper training and support they can live a happy life with dignity.
Our Approach and Achievements
NBJK is one of the most renowned organisations of Bihar and Jharkhand states of India, working for past 45 years at the grassroot level. NBJK puts its stake in rehabilitation for PWDs with various service delivery and advocacy at all levels. With the support from organisations like CBM-Australian Aid, Sightsavers, AVI-BLF, Axis Bank Foundation, Sense International, Carers Worldwide, Birla Sunlife Insurance, NBJK was able to reach over 54000 people and children with disabilities.
93 deafblind & multi-sensory impaired children in the villages are provided training on communication, sensory awareness, and functional reading-writing with other skills through home visits by trained Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) workers.
NBJK provides home based physiotherapy, activity of daily living training, vocational training, Home Based Education and advocacy support to get government benefits to the people and children with Intellectual Disability, Locomotor Disability, Visual Impairment, Blindness and Hearing Impaired. More than 101 people/children with disabilities have got supportive devices, artificial limbs and nutritional supplement for malnourished children. Likewise, 2778 Person with Disabilities could make an access to their rights as per Person with disability Act, 1995 and benefitted in terms of their entitlements through a massive campaign for Certification, Pensions and Railway Passes.
Following projects are currently being implemented under Disability rehabilitation:
Nothing about us, without us
NBJK believes in helping people with disabilities to help them. Person with disabilities are organized by forming DPOs (Disabled People’s Organizations) and SHGs (Self Help Groups) to strengthen their cause. About 1000 person with disabilities are part of this group, making it one of the strongest Disability Rights Group in Jharkhand.
Still much to do…
Although there has been a lot improvement in one decade in the life of person with disabilities and many are now living a life with dignity, still there is much to do: