In-home care for children with disabilities

Disabled children face extremely bleak odds in Afghanistan. Poverty, poor healthcare, and a limited understanding of disability often leads to disabled children suffering neglect, abuse, and abandonment.

Our In-home Care Project is helping families of disabled children to better-support their needs and working to bring disabled children out of hiding.

Our physiotherapist, Zia Gul, trains a mother in how to do physio exercises with her child

Physio parents

Everything starts with forming a personal care plan, tailored to each child and designed by consulting with them and their family on how they can best and most realistically helped. We provide initial medical care, physiotherapy and all of the materials needed to ensure the comfort of each child. But the aim of the project is to leave families equipped and capable of doing this themselves.

Our physiotherapist trains parents to deliver physio exercises themselves, and by providing vocational training to mothers, we leave families better-equipped to support the needs of their children.

A lack of understanding about their child's condition, or poor reactions from community members often drive families to hide children with disabilities away from every-day life

A final key aim of this project is to work with parents and the community to ensure that children are included as much as possible in every-day life – including school. Awareness-raising and education at both the family and community level is working to remove the stigma of disability.

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Project
A home and treatment centre for abandoned disabled children.
Country
'When the cameras leave, stay'. We’ve worked in Afghanistan since 1997, remaining throughout the Taliban regime, educating children who would otherwise be robbed of their chance to learn.
Project
Girls, child labourers, or refugees fleeing the Taliban. These are the forgotten children who are being given a second chance to learn at our community schools in Kabul.