Special care for Special People-Be our Partners

By: Zulfiqarali khan

As part of its obligation to improve the living conditions of the disadvantaged groups and ameliorate their human rights situation, KADO is providing ‘work therapy’ to around 85 special persons (60 men and 25 women) at Sharma Rehabilitation Center (SRC), Hyderabad and Women Rehabilitation Centre (WRC), Karimabad in Hunza. This is a social safety net for special persons, majority of them having backgrounds of the poorest of the poor families.

Work has been categorized according to the capacity of the special need persons, attaching them to the various processes of work ranging from traditional rug weaving, embroidery work, spinning, sewing stitching, playing local musical instruments, traditional dance, dramatics and indoor games.

The impact of the activities on their mental and physical activeness is assessed regularly and opportunities are provided for socialization and integration in the society.

These projects are a unique blend of therapy, training and income enhancing opportunities, besides opening vistas for socialization integration and entertainment and sensitize the communities of their social responsibilities.

At present the Sharma Rehabilitation Centre has a total intake of 55 disabled men in a rented building in the village of Hyderabad. The Women’s Rehabilitation Centre is located in Karimabad and has 25 disabled members.
According to a survey conducted by KADO with the support of World Bank there are 1,013 persons with disabilities in Hunza valley, which is 2.17% of the total population. Majority of the special people are out of the project outreach.

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Zulfiqar Ali Khan has done his M.Phil in Development studies. He is recently serving as a Social Sector development Manager at kado,www.rehunza.org.

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