Community Based Inclusive Development means different things to different people. To us it simply means assisting with creating the conditions to support and empower disabled people and their families and to help support their inclusion. We also work hard to combat rights violations and to assist people in seeking redress. We start at the most local level and work with communities and families as genuine partners.
Capacity building and training: to volunteers and partner organisations in technical and practical spheres as well as disability issues and disability rights.
Lobbying: we engage in consistent lobbying and support the lobbying efforts of others in pushing key stakeholders (e.g. health care centers, hospitals, municipal authorities, schools etc.) to respect the rights of poor disabled people, to take their demands into consideration, to include them in service provision, and to provide support that is safe, of quality and dignified. We have successfully lobbied for disabled children to be accepted into mainstream schools, for municipal authorities to tarmac parts of the road for safe mobility, and reported cases of serious violence and abuse.
Mediation: we have successfully referred people and also mediated support to services from municipal authorities (e.g. food handouts and assistance with transportation), national and international organisations, schools and others. Over the years we have developed a trusted and extensive network of service providers and non-governmental organisations. We regularly assist with scouting and linking people and their families with service providers, in particular in the health, education and legal sectors.
Cultural mediation: one of the major barriers to health care or even schooling is discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, language and even location. We accompany our people throughout the process of seeking and accessing services, providing critical cultural mediation and translation so that people can communicate effectively, be understood and be treated safely. We above all mediate with powerful outsiders and make people are treated with respect at all times.
Non-formal education: families are our main allies and partners. We learn alot from them, but we also impart our own knowledge and experience. We spend hours working with families to make sure they understand how to administer medication and to do it safely, and we monitor families on a weekly basis. We teach families basic rehabilitation exercises, we impart information on healthier cooking and hygiene and how to avoid internal fires, and respectfully talk them through the need for the disabled family member to socialise and to be stimulated. We also work informally with communities to educate and shift excluding and stigmatising attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people and their families. In this respect we also do much work with local municipalities, schools, shops and other facilities.