Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan

Vision: To promote the creation of an inclusive society which values and upholds the rights of people with disabilities through sustainable endeavors and a holistic approach driven by clear social objectives. Mission Statement: People with Disabilities have equal access to opportunities and are an integral part of society. Objectives - Generate a greater level of awareness about the needs and rights of persons with disabilities. - Create economic empowerment for persons with disabilities by fostering greater commitment levels. - Advocate the rights and needs of persons with disabilities to the State. - Build capacity of disability organizations to meet their objectives.
Mar 14, 2017

Facilitating identities of our beneficiaries

Imran explains SCNIC process at a Baithak
Imran explains SCNIC process at a Baithak

Dear Supporters,

Given that the Government is occupied with the census taking place after 19 years, we decided to start with the basics and register our beneficiaries from our partner schools, training centers and organizations for the Special CNIC so that they are being catered to holistically (the identity-education-empowerment cycle). This has multiple benefits such as enhanced awareness, an opportunity for the beneficiaries to avail benefits earlier and ease of burden for guardians.

The Resource Directory was also updated with locations of the different Government offices one needs to visit for the SCNIC process. We are also working on adding the list of places/services that offer benefits for persons with disabilities.

Through the impromptu disability awareness sessions titled ‘Baithak’ in our mobility and accessibility project, we continued to educate the audience about the SCNIC process for persons who were unaware as well as those who were striving to get the process completed – facilitating 3-4 SCNICs during this time. In the words of an audience member in the Jamshed Town Baithak - Kumber, “I know of a few persons with disabilities and this Baithak was very helpful in giving me ideas on how to help them such as for the Special CNIC – usually we see these in TV shows and newspapers but never on the street with live examples so this is a great initiative.”

Our goal to facilitate approximately 800 more SCNICs also includes hosting the larger one-window camp, however till that materializes; we are making efforts on a relatively smaller and closer scale. We also hope that the upcoming census will account for the number of persons with disabilities which will help more on this front – if the types of disabilities and numbers are tabulated correctly.

Looking forward to reaching our goal with your support!

-Team NOWPDP

Facilitating children from schools for SCNICs
Facilitating children from schools for SCNICs

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Jan 26, 2017

Towards a more skilful year

Wishing all our beloved supporters Happy New Year!
Wishing all our beloved supporters Happy New Year!

Dear Supporters,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2017! We hope this year brings much goodness to the GlobalGiving family and we hope to strengthen our relationship with you even more.

As we approached this new year, we made certain resolutions to work towards a more skillful population of persons with disabilities; to enable them to learn and also be directed on the road to economic empowerment. The highlights of this period were as follows:

Block printing and computerized textile design training enjoyed by all

More than 100 children with disabilities from 4 special schools (JS Academy for Deaf, Bahria Special School, ABSA School for the Deaf and Islamic School for the Deaf) were trained in the skills of block printing and computer based textile design. Our team of 4 trainers with hearing and physical impairment conducted these trainings with patience and vigor.

Training of trainers was also done in some of the schools where teachers of the children participated actively in learning the skills. Our trainers provided them with the list of recommended material and other essentials which would enable them to conduct the trainings on their own in the school in the future.

Exhibitions being held to commemorate completion of trainings

Exhibitions are being held at all 4 of the aforementioned schools to display the artistic work done by the children with disabilities and also give them certificates as proof of completion of trainings. Our team as well as the schools’ management gives a short speech after which the great work is displayed and certificate distribution ceremony takes place.

Advanced trainings

To further polish the skills of children with disabilities so that they are eligible for better educational and/or employment opportunities, we will be moving into advanced trainings of the same skills this semester. The students will be having these sessions at their schools or at our accessible and open-spaced office. We will also be ensuring these students are invited to or attend sessions on soft skills and motivation to complement the technical skills they have acquired. On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December 2016), some of these children attended a motivational session we arranged at our premises, taking away learnings on how to best develop their careers.

New schools for the new semester

We were fortunate to partner with 3 more special schools for trainings in the Spring 2017 semester. We are excited to begin the block printing and computer based textile design trainings with our new batches and cannot wait to share the updates from the field with all of you! Feedback from our Fall 2017 trainings will be used to improve trainings that take place from now on.

Beneficiary & partner stories/testimonials:

“I enjoyed the block printing training more because it is something I have never seen or thought of earlier in terms of a career option. I can also initiate my own business if I don’t enjoy doing the job. A passion I have is for the Armed Forces of Pakistan because it makes me feel powerful and proud to represent my nation!”
-Hamza, student at ABSA School for the Deaf

“I love the textile design training especially because it is on a computer. I wish to work in an office.”
-Zeenat, student at Islamic School for the Deaf

“My favourite subject is English, but I liked making cushions in my block printing class.”
-Obaid, student at Bahria Special School

“We had always thought of conducting a similar training at our school but never got the chance to. With NOWPDP on board for vocational training in the skills of block printing and textile design, it is very nice to see the students learning as well as enjoying. Social work is not possible without collaboration.”
-Ms. Zohra, Principal - Islamic School for the Deaf

“Persons with Disabilities are just different but equally capable of doing everything as long as they realise their strength. Thank you for inviting me to this session. I love being here!”
-Mr. Sohail, Founder & CEO – Learning Minds Group and renowned motivational speaker

We look forward to opening the minds of these young artists in this new and refreshing year, so keep advocating for our cause with your love and support!

Block printing with much precision at JS Academy
Block printing with much precision at JS Academy
Transforming sketch to computer graphic design
Transforming sketch to computer graphic design
Our chirpy girls post-training at Islamic School!
Our chirpy girls post-training at Islamic School!
The dexterity with which those fingers work!
The dexterity with which those fingers work!
Group picture with clapping in sign language at JS
Group picture with clapping in sign language at JS
3rd Dec motivational session @NOWPDP with students
3rd Dec motivational session @NOWPDP with students
Jan 25, 2017

New Year Resolutions!

Wishing all our beloved supporters Happy New Year!
Wishing all our beloved supporters Happy New Year!

Dear Supporters,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2017! We hope this year brings much goodness to the GlobalGiving family and we hope to strengthen our relationship with you even more.

As we approached this new year, we made certain resolutions to highlight and enhance mobility and accessibility of persons with disabilities alongside our focus areas – education and economic empowerment. The highlights of this period were as follows:

Prototype development and sponsorships

The Accessible Cycle Prototype has been developed by Automobile Corporation of Pakistan, our Design Implementation Partner for the Accessible Cycle Project, and tried by our team members with lower-limb impairments to iron out any issues. It will now be sent to one of our esteemed Jury Members - Mr. McCambridge at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for testing. We have also been fortunate to find a local production partner who will develop the first batch of Accessible Cycles to be given to our initial beneficiaries. Financial support for this project is still underway and your smallest contributions add to this effort! We look forward to having the prototype tested, in regular use of our beneficiaries and finally in the market for all persons with lower-limb impairment in Pakistan.

Miniature vehicles/replicas

As part of winter festivities, our team exhibited our signature miniature Rickshaws at a local mall called The Forum. Both the product and their efforts were much appreciated. Moreover, the miniature Accessible Cycle wooden replicas (that were mentioned in the previous report) have been developed and we cannot wait for our sponsors to have them on their work desks! Contact us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NOWPDP) to save yours!

External and Internal sessions

Our efforts to raise awareness/mitigate attitudinal barriers and advocate for mobility and accessibility of persons with disabilities has taken the shape of both internal and external sessions. While we use creative outlets like art, music and dialogue to interact with the audience, we are ensuring the sessions are tied to tangible outcomes for persons with disabilities and are also recording the insights received for betterment of the initiative.

Information Hub including mobility devices/services for persons with disabilities

We have been occupied with verifying existing services for persons with disabilities from which categories like assistive devices (wheelchairs for persons with physical impairment, walking cane for persons with visual impairment etc.), accessible restaurants and public spaces etc. are crucial with respect to mobility and accessibility.

Supporter testimonials

“I loved being here at your stall and this rickshaw is my favourite.” – Asfandyar, child who visited our stall at The Forum

"Without mobility devices, people with disabilities are imprisoned in their homes, when they could be using their strength and skills to contribute to their communities. Hand propelled cycle in particular offer the opportunity to move throughout the community, covering long distances to reach work opportunities or carrying items for sale" - Mr. McCambridge, Instructor D-Lab MIT and Jury Member Accessible Cycle Design Challenge

 

As always, your valuable support and input is what allows us to reach newer heights in placing persons with disabilities in the driving seats of their lives!

Our little supporter at The Forum Mall exhibition
Our little supporter at The Forum Mall exhibition
Accessible Cycle Prototype is ready!
Accessible Cycle Prototype is ready!
Mr. McCambridge
Mr. McCambridge's words of wisdom for cycleproject
 
   

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