CSR COVID-19 projects for REVIVE and REBUILD

Health, Therapeutic and livelihood services for Persons with disabilities


Introduction


 

COVID pandemic has increased the stress on the families of children and adults with disabilities. Disturbed routine and lack of therapies are leading to lose of skills that the children already progressing through. Medical and therapeutic support cannot be kept wait for long time.

Most of adults with disabilities are daily wage earners in the rural areas. Only 30 % of PWD families have gone back to their original job but their income has significantly reduced to 50 %.

This project aims to give therapeutic services, health access and livelihood facilitation for adults with disabilities.

Care will be taken to ensure social distance and wherever it is possible telerehab, online meetings will be organized. Parents and other family members will be trained to work with children with disabilities. They will be guided by rehab professionals. This program covers 4000 adults with disabilities and Implemented in 800 villages in Tenkasi Dist, Tamilnadu.

This is an existing program and some costs are covered by other philanthropic organization. Enclosed is the additional budget requested.

Problem statement

COVID pandemic has affected individuals, families and communities in varying degree. Children and adults with disabilities are facing huge challenges. The effects of COVID pandemic on children and adults with disabilities are seriously overlooked.

Some of the challenges faced by them are:

  1. Lack of therapeutic services leads to behavioral issues, poor progress in the functional skills and high stress on caregivers.
  2. Struggle in accessing public health system for other long term medical condition.
  3. Struggle in meeting the expenses on long term medication of person with disabilities by families.
  4. Persons with disabilities in the rural community are mostly daily wage earners and lost their job.
  5. Difficulty in sustaining life with no income and depending only pension given by the government.

Survival at this pandemic becomes highly challenging for persons with disabilities and their families. 

 

Goal


 

The goal of the program is to improve the access for health, therapy, livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities in the COVID pandemic situation and facilitate new normal life.

Objectives


 

- To raise awareness among PWD about health, livelihood and rights.

- Identify the income support needs of adults with disabilities and families of children with disabilities.

- Facilitate suitable livelihood opportunities by supporting existing or promoting alternative livelihood.

- Facilitate regular meeting of SHGs of persons with disabilities to promote advocacy and money rotation.

- To strengthen federations towards advocacy.

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Activities


 

- Engage with PWD and their caregivers through online and give necessary therapeutic guidance.

- Supplementary home visits by community workers to ensure the effective implementation by the families.

- Organize medical camps for persons with disabilities, possibly virtual.

- Organize online family counseling.

- Organize medicine support through subsides and government sources, philanthropies and facilitating suitable health insurance.

- Organize required assistive devices and repair existing devices by suitable measurement and delivery mechanism.

- Identify loss of income for persons with disabilities and their families due to COVID and support by skills training, analyzing the current job nature and possibilities and linking with banks for loans for self employment.

- Online or in person SHG meetings.

- Develop community level parents support groups by virtually connecting them.

Monitoring and Evaluation


 

This project also envisages using the maximum utilization of technology which in turn will reduce the rehabilitation cost and the time spent by the families.

Activities are monitored by daily reports and screen shots send by staff.

Quarterly project report will be prepared to monitor the progress.

Salient features of the project


 

-> Real time monitoring of activity and progress by Salesforce application.

-> Family empowerment.

-> Minimum contacts of persons as suitable for this COVID pandemic.

-> Telerehab and online methods.

Project details


 

Project Location: 800 villages in Tenkasi District, Tamilnadu, India.

Beneficiary types: Direct: 4000 Persons with disabilities.
Indirect: Families of
Persons with disabilities and the villages we cover.

Total Cost: Rs.69,35,000.
Cost per beneficiary: Rs.1734 for nine months.

Duration: 9 months.

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