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Disability & Inclusion

GLRA India's Approach on Disability & Rehabilitation

GLRA India strives to make India as a place where no one is deprived of his/her fundamental human rights due to leprosy, TB or disability. Until 2011, the support given by GLRA India in the area of disability due to leprosy and tuberculosis has been on poverty alleviation. This was largely achieved through Socio-Economic Rehabilitation (SER).

From 2012 onwards GLRA India adopted Community Based Rehabilitation approach. The scope of the rehabilitation interventions and approaches were broadened to ensure that people affected by leprosy become included into society. The focus is not only on the leprosy affected individuals but also on the people with other disabilities; their family and the community.

Considering the magnitude of needs and demands of people with disabilities and the limited resources, GLRA India looks forward to advocate for disability inclusive development. In future GLRA India will be known as an exemplary disability inclusive organisation promoting people-centered development, empowerment, equal participation and inclusion of persons affected by leprosy and other disabilities in the society.

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Case Study

Chandha Kisan Pawan, 23 years, is from a very poor agrarian family from Varla village of Sendhwa Block, Madhya Pradesh. She lives with 75% loco-motor disability in a small thatched house with her parents and 2 younger sisters. Her father’s little earning alone is not sufficient to run the family and educate children. Due to lack of money Chandha discontinued her studies after the 12th standard. It was this time when SASSS (a GLRA partner NGO) organized a Disability Prevention Screening Camp under the BMZ supported Project. This was a turning point of her life.

Through the project support, Chandha was trained in tailoring for 6 months and was offered additional training on stitching of modern garments (Salwar, Blouse, Frocks, Pyjamas). She received a Tri-cycle in 2016 from SASSS on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It helped her to go to other shops and work as a daily wage tailor. Later with help of SASSS Chandhahas undergone computer training for 8 months and learned Basic computer, Data entry, MS word. This training helped her to get a part time job in Lok Seva Kendra at Varla. Now, she works as a computer operator and the president of Rani Durgavati DPO (Disabled People Organization). Chandha became a change agent and a role model of many persons with Disabilities.

Chandha Kisan Pawan, 23 years, is from a very poor agrarian family from Varla village of Sendhwa Block, Madhya Pradesh. She lives with 75% loco-motor disability in a small thatched house with her parents and 2 younger sisters. Her father’s little earning alone is not sufficient to run the family and educate children. Due to lack of money Chandha discontinued her studies after the 12th standard. It was this time when SASSS (a GLRA partner NGO) organized a Disability Prevention Screening Camp under the BMZ supported Project. This was a turning point of her life.

Through the project support, Chandha was trained in tailoring for 6 months and was offered additional training on stitching of modern garments (Salwar, Blouse, Frocks, Pyjamas). She received a Tri-cycle in 2016 from SASSS on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It helped her to go to other shops and work as a daily wage tailor. Later with help of SASSS Chandhahas undergone computer training for 8 months and learned Basic computer, Data entry, MS word. This training helped her to get a part time job in Lok Seva Kendra at Varla. Now, she works as a computer operator and the president of Rani Durgavati DPO (Disabled People Organization). Chandha became a change agent and a role model of many persons with Disabilities.

Meet Sajitha, a 36 year old woman, born with a mild muscular dystrophy is defying disability with her exceptional talent and personality. Father’s early departure and losing two brothers to disability Sajitha and her mother were scarred for life.

With support of DSS Pattuvam- an ally of GLRA India in Kerala, Sajitha continued to pursue her passion for learning and making a difference.

Sajitha is an artist, an expert in stitching, designing ornament and a budding women entrepreneur of Kannur District, Kerala. She has conducted several art shows around India, and has recently bagged a “Best Women Entrepreneur Award” by the Lions Clubs, for developing an environment friendly pen.

The eco-friendly paper seed pens can be grown into a papaya plant once they are used up. They contain seeds that can be later planted into the soil. This earthy pen is a great alternative to plastic ball point pens and can be perfect for students and businesses that care for the environment.

“Disability can never stand as an obstacle in my purpose of creating a sustainable environment” said Sajitha. Proud member of the Disability People’s Organisation (DPO), Sajitha is committed to empower people with disabilities and help them in realizing their full potential.

Wheel bound Sajitha is now turning the tides and slowly getting recognition for her work. Sajitha is a great example of strength and resilience and her story makes us think differently about disability.

Sole breadwinner, Sajitha is making a living through sales of her eco-friendly pens in a local market with support of DSS Pattuvam but we can do our bit in supporting the cause of protecting and caring for the environment.

GLRA Inda is now accepting order on her behalf  to support her Livelihood.