Thursday, 15 Apr 2021
We’ve recently been looking at the impact of our programs in India, and how it has impacted different groups. We know that children living with a disability are often lonely, highly protected by their families, but often victims of discrimination and teasing. However, involvement in our community program has changed that – 78% of parents told us that as a result of CBM’s program, there’s been much improvement in opportunities for their child to interact with other children. Making friends is a first step for many children living with a disability to build confidence and make their way in life.
But for 17% of families, there has been no change so far, and for 4% the situation is worse. This is the value of doing regular check-ins with families, and will now be the focus of the team’s attention,
One child who has seen positive changes is 17 year old Priti. She lives in a village in northern India, and has an intellectual impairment. The CBM program has connected her with other young people, and also helped her family access learning materials that are pitched at her level. In this poor rural area, there isn’t a local school that can meet Priti’s needs. Community volunteers work with her at home, building her confidence and curiosity.
CBM acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) for this project, Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods & Inclusive Development in Uttar Pradesh