ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE REACHED:
  • MORE THAN 9 YEARS: in operation
  • MORE THAN 4 PROVINCES: Kabul, Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, Kunduz, Logar, Laghman, Wardak, Kapissa…
  • MORE  THAN 25 PROJECTS: advocacy, education, livelihood, accessibility and peer support
  • MORE THAN 200 RAMPS: More than 200 public buildings by adapting exit and toilet doors for school, hospitals and recreational buildings
  • MORE THAN 1 MILLION: people have learned about the rights and needs of persons with disabilities in the country

SUPPORTED AREAS:

  • SUPPORTED: Over 3500 people with disabilities providing them peer support, referral to physical rehabilitation, medical care, capacity building, education and vocational training.

  • TRAINED: Over 390 women with disabilities in literacy, tailoring, cooking and bead weaving, 1850 in literacy, computer skills, math, recreation and sport
  • FOUND JOBS: For 103 people with disabilities in government and non-government organization-76 of which were women.
  • EMPOWERED:More than 5000 persons with/without disabilities by teaching them about their rights – and rights of persons with disabilities including advocacy skills. The vast majority of the women trained were disabled.
  • ADVOCATED: Advocating successfully for Afghanistan’s ratification of the conventions on Cluster Munitions, Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability as well as adoption of the first over national law for the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities
  • AWARENESS: Raised the awareness of more than one million people with/without disability about the rights, needs and challenges of persons with disabilities

DISABILITY SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN:

  • 7% with severe disability who needs immediate care (NDSA 2005)
  • There is one persons with disabilities in each five households (NDSA 2005)
  • 41% women and 51 men with disabilities
  • More 200 thousand children with disabilities are in Afghanistan  ( collected data by NGOs)
  • Number of persons with disabilities is increasing day by day, but services for persons with are decrease; financial support of donor is diminishing.

CHALLENGES OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:

  • Discrimination: by families, community and authorities
  • Unemployment: persons with disabilities are jobless; no one is willing to hire them.
  • Low access to basic services: basic, higher education, information and capacity building
  • Low capacity: persons with disabilities need capacity building to participate in the community.

ALSO WORKING AREAS:

  • Human rights: advocacy and public awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Socioeconomic: livelihood, vocational training, education and job placement
  • Peer Support : psychological counseling for persons with disabilities to improve their confidence
  • Physical accessibility: building ramps and adaptation for public buildings and places
  • Referral: referring persons with disabilities to rehabilitation, employment and education, healthcare

FUTURE FOCUS OF ALSO:

  • Human rights: advocacy and public awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Socioeconomic: livelihood, vocational training, education and job placement
  • Peer Support : psychological counseling for persons with disabilities to improve their confidence
  • Physical accessibility: building ramps and adaptation for public buildings and places
  • Referral: referring persons with disabilities to rehabilitation, employment and education, healthcare

ALSO’s DONORS:

Clear Path International (CPI), (2) Campaign to Band Landmine (ICBL), (3) Norwegian Embassy, (4) Finland Embassy, (5) French Embassy, (6) Australian Embassy, (7) Finland Embassy,(8) Poland Embassy, (9) Handicap International Belgium (HIB), (9) Open Society Institute (OSI), (10) UN Mine Action Center for Afghanistan (MACA), (11) ACBAR and (12) Department for International Development(DFID)