What is the problem the project is addressing?
An estimated 597,953 South African children and young adults with disabilities do not have access to appropriate wheelchairs or community based services. The large majority of these children are currently excluded from education. Research was proved by a conducted door to door survey of 15,000 households and identified that one of the greatest challenges families faced was lack of inclusive education which forms such a vital stage for children’s development.
How will this project solve the problem?
Our program builds the capacity of communities, day care centers and parents to ensure that children with disabilities are reaching their full potential. We empower parents to be champions for their own children’s, work with families to find resources, and conduct training to overcome stigma. The award-winning IFFFAP program teaches even the lowest-resourced day care center staff how to develop their children. This project will support several communities and care centers around South Africa.
What is the potential long-term impact of this project?
Our program establishes a system for communities. By focusing on skills and cross-sectoral training, we develop parents, healthcare providers and educational services to build a sustainable future for the caregivers and the children they serve. The impact includes: providing the possibility for children with disabilities to attend school and earn an education, overcoming stigma, changing policies to accommodate disabilities, inclusion in communities and overcoming barriers and developing skills.