We provide a variety of day support services, including respite care, to meet the needs of intellectually disabled children
Disabled children living in slums have no access to any kind of support services. Many are used as beggars because their disability creates sympathy and attracts people’s sentiment. In some cases disabled children are chained and locked up at home when both parents are at work. Children’s Hope set up the Disability Support Centre to provide a variety of Day Support Services designed to meet the needs of disabled children and their parents or carers. Our vision is a world where disabled people have the same opportunities to fulfil their life ambitions as everyone else.
‘WE BELIEVE THAT DISABILITY SHOULD BE NO BARRIER TO ACHIEVING THE FULFILMENT THAT EVERY ABLE-BODIED CHILD, AND THEIR FAMILIES, SHOULD ENJOY.’
Caring for a disabled child has financial implications for the overall household. To help improve their income, families with disabled children are given a preferential status on sustainable livelihood grants, which are used to set up home-run businesses.
Regular home visits are made to assess the day-to-day needs of disabled children, which include occupational and continence support. Our support services have provided tailor-made wheelchairs to help children with their mobility and special chairs with a commode facility to aid the children with bowel difficulties.
Caring is a stressful job. Parents and carers are often preoccupied with looking after their disabled children and ignore their own health and well-being. Disabled children and their parents are also home-bound most of their lives. Our Social Support Scheme enables these families to make bi-monthly outdoor trip to various leisure and recreational places.
A healthy diet is essential for the normal growth and development of all children. Due to financial strain, their parents can often ill afford nutritious food such as eggs, milk and fruit. The centre provides necessary nutrition for 30 disabled children, three times a week, throughout the year.
Most disabled children have never been assessed for their disability and their parents do not have financial means to conduct regular health check-ups with qualified doctors. Children’s Hope hold medical sessions once a week and are the only accessible method of assessing the health and well-being of disabled patients.
Read how our wide range of activities has, for Dhaka’s slum children, created once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, every day.