This project targets 12 parents of children with special needs through craft/jewellery, baking, tailoring and soap/detergent making. Parents are undergoing training and work placements. They will then be provided with start-up kits to run their own small businesses. The aim is to increase access to special needs education for children with disabilities through enhancing livelihood option for vulnerable parents.
Children with special needs face a lot of challenges both within the family and the community. Most are isolated or locked up in the house so as not to be visible to the community. They are viewed as a burden especially in cases where the parents have very low income levels. They are given very low priority and miss out on basic life needs such as socializing and education. The project is providing small business skills for the 12 parents and raising awareness on disability for 12 children.
The 12 parents are getting training in bakery, soap making, handicrafts and tailoring. They will then be given work placements to further improve their skills and quality of products. At the end of the placements, they will be provided with start-up kits for their businesses. Additionally, there are on-going awareness raising campaigns within the community and with local authorities.
The project is building capacity and skills, improving the income levels, increasing enrollment in schools, promoting disability rights and building strong networks with the community and local authorities.