Nazir’s Story – Part 3

Nazir outside at work

Dreams evolve from passion, circumstance and supportive friends.

Part 1 of Nazir’s story talks about how he became unwell after he left University to support his family. In Part 2, we learned about CBM Australia and our project partner PASKAs work to support Nazir to gain an internship to work at a local workshop run by Taufik.

When Nazir finished his internship, Taufik recognised how patient and skilled Nazir was at his job. This is why, at the end of his internship, Taufik offered Nazir a paid position. Nazir now works fulltime in the welding business, earns his own income and is very happy.

‘I can live and work and be independent’, Nazir said. ‘I’m not dependent on my family anymore’.

He enjoys the interactions with other employees and clients, and has also developed friendships over time.

Employment and income-generating opportunities are not ‘cures’ for mental health issues or psychosocial disabilities – and many people with such issues would not want this. But these opportunities are known to improve the lives and outcomes for people with disabilities.

Nazir’s hopes for his future

Now, Nazir has lots of dreams. These include having his own workshop, getting married, and saving enough money to return to university one day.

‘I wish the program could run in other villages so other people with a disability can be independent too’, Nazir said.

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This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and loyal CBM Australia supporters.

* ‘Psychosocial disabilities’ refer to people who have received a mental health diagnosis, and who have experienced negative social factors including stigma, discrimination and exclusion. People living with psychosocial disabilities include ex-users, current users of the mental health care services, as well as persons that identify themselves as survivors of these services or with the psychosocial disability itself. Source: World Health Organisation