Disability Scenario in Pakistan: Population of Pakistan is approximately 165,803,560, with 24% of people– around 38 million – living below the national poverty line and a population growth rate of 2.09%. The most recent census statistics on disability, from 1998, show that there were 3,286,630 people with disabilities comprising 2.49 % of the total population.
The Disabled Person (Empowerment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance of 1981 protects the employment, welfare and rehabilitation rights of disabled people and this ordinance implemented through the ‘National Council for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons’. Most disabled children do not attend school. Overall, at primary level, 50% of girls and 28% of boys are out of school.
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Work of Tamir: We are providing Community Based rehabilitation (CBR) services to more than 650+ disabled people of Faisalabad District mainly focusing ‘Women with Disabilities’ and Children with Disabilities” in the urban slums and rural Faisalabad.
Tamir has partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability, UK (www.lcdisability.org) since 1998 and running CBR programme called ‘Tamir Cheshire Community Programme (TCCP). Since 2002, this programme grown into its current form, which includes:
- Referral of disabled people to appropriate government hospitals and rehabilitation centers
- Medical camps in urban and rural areas of District Faisalabad
- Vocational training for girls such as beautician, cooking and sewing centers
- Mother and Child health Care service
- Micro credit and home industries for women & self help groups
- Promoting employment for young women
In 2006, TCCP started a five year Inclusive Education Project’ to help children with disability to be enrolled into mainstream schools and support in their retention by sensitization schools administration and peer groups.
Social Rehabilitation of Disabled Girls: Women with disabilities are most disadvantage persons in the community especially in the urban slum and rural area of Pakistan. Living in isolation made their live vulnerable and miserable therefore, Tamir gave opportunity to Women with disabilities to live independent live and help them in their empowerment. Tamir is running Vocational Training Center for girls since 2002 in which Able & Disabled girls are learning together different kind of skills such sewing, cooking, and beautician courses in inclusive setup. We also believe that Women with Disability have right to marry and start family life.
Since 2007, for the Social Rehabilitation and independent living of young disabled women, our CBR committee is working on this issue. On 3 December 2007, ‘Collective Wedding Ceremony’, programme was arranged and 10 poor disabled girls were married. Print & Electronic media highlight this even a unique and heart touching event first time happened in Pakistan. Similarly, in the year 2008, we arranged 20 joint marriages of disabled couple on 3rd December 2008 in ‘Collective Wedding Programme’.
We promote UN CRPD (Article 23) for advocacy and promotion of UN CRPD at national level. Tamir also performed other activities for the sensitizations of disability rights and UN CRPD at National level and carried out workshop, seminar and Rallies.
Improving sanitation and hygiene Condition of Disabled Families: To improve the living condition of disabled families in the urban slums of Faisalabad, we are working with more than 50 disabled families in order to improve accessible Toilet facilities on self-help basis. This project have drastically improved the quality of life of disabled people especially women with disabilities in the community. Accessibility survey shows that more than 278 disabled families in the urban slums areas for Faisalabad need urgently accessible toilets and we request donors and philanthropist through the platform of ‘Rehabilitation International’ to help ‘Tamir’ in this ‘Accessible Toilet Construction’. We are look for partner under CBR project to help us improve sanitation, health and hygiene of 278 disabled families.
Literacy Centers (Education for All): Since 2005, Tamir is working with ‘Literacy Department’ Government of Punjab and have been running 25 Adult Literacy and 25 NFB Literacy Centers in the Rural Faisalabad called Samundri town, Faisalabad. About 1500 female are learning reading and writing skill through in 50 Literacy centers. We tried our best to include disabled girls in this literacy project and an estimated 100 girls with disabilities are learning reading and writing as well as life learning skills.
Capacity Building of Health Workers in Tuberculosis Management: Pakistan has a population of over 150 million. Despite a rapidly expanding economy, there are still high levels of poverty, especially among women in rural areas. Around 300,000 people in Pakistan develop TB every year and the World Health Organization ranks Pakistan as 8th in the world for the highest burden of TB.
Tuberculosis Problem in Pakistan: Since 2004, Tamir is working with ‘Target TB’ in Pakistan for the eradication of TB diseases and capacity building of ‘Lady Health Worker and Volunteers.
The project aims to improve access to TB health services and raise awareness in the urban slums and rural areas of Faisalabad, Pakistan, by training local health workers in TB control and carrying out comprehensive health education programmes.
Since 2007, we have trained 500+ health workers and volunteers from 50 private and public health institutions in TB management to increase TB identification and provision of DOTS treatment support.
We are carrying out outreach activities in rural areas where communities have difficulty reaching health services and helping people to access to tests and treatment.
We are raising awareness about TB by holding health education workshops in schools and amongst village leaders and by distributing informational materials in local languages. By using Audio visual equipment, we also used to show films about TB and HIV which has proved highly effective.
Networking with other organizations: We have Networking with NGOs/CBOs and Self Help Groups working in the field of health, education and disability sectors. Tamir charity is members of different Networks locally and internationally such as CBR Network of Pakistan, CBR Network Work of South Asia, Stop TB, Rehabilitation International, Global Alliance of Leonard Cheshire Disability and NATPOW-Pakistan.
Beneficiaries: Each year more than 6000+/- poor and disadvantage community members are direct and indirectly beneficiaries of Tamir’s Programme. The beneficiaries of Tamir belong to poor communities living in urban slums and rural Faisalabad.
Community Based Services
Free Community Health Clinic Mobile Health Camps Program
Polio and TB Eradication Program
Micro Home Industry
Educational Support to Disabled Children
Economical Rehabilitation through Zakat and Bait-ul-Mall Funds, Pakistan
Lyallpur Orthopedic Workshop
Political Education & Awareness to Local Union Counselors
Advocacy for Women, Children and Disabled People for their rights
Our Services Coverage is as Follows:
MedicalEducationEconomicsSocial SecuritySocial Inclusion
We organize Assessment Camps weekly on each Wednesday for the disable people from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Tamir Welfare Organization’s Center. The qualified physiotherapist along with CBR Staff examine the disable people and identify their individual needs. After assessing the children with disabilities and PWD, intervention plan for each client is prepared. Intervention is undertaken by the organization along with parents of the CWDs and PWDs. Tamir Cheshire Services and the parents of PWD works together to overcome the economic, social, educational and physical problems of assessed client. The purpose of this activity is to improve the quality of life of disabled persons in general in order to make them an effective and honorable citizen of the community.
Medical and Eye Camps are organized in different urban slums and rural target areas, where medical facilities are not easily available. Qualified Doctors from Civil and Allied Hospitals donates their time in order to provide medical facilities to the local community at their door steps.
MBBS doctor is available from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the community health clinic (Dispensary) at Bilal Town Street No: 2 Warispura. Free medicines are provided to patients and very nominal fee (Rs.10/-) is charged as community participation. This is our disability prevention programme which aims to improve the quality of life of local community.
A lady nurse and CBR Staff are available to help women from 9:00am to 7:00pm at the centre to solve the health problems of women, who are facing reproductive health problems and other various women diseases; this is our referral system in which we get strong support from the local available resources (like Family Planning Centre) in Warispura.
TB is a contagious disease widely spread in the urban areas of Faisalabad. Through referral system we help TB patients in their treatment. We have established good relationship with few medical institutions where TB patients are treated free of costs.
The purpose of this center is to train Disabled and Non-disabled Girls of the community in tailoring skill. Training and education of the girl is not considered essential by the community. We have started a programme since 1998 with the help of LCI for improving and minimizing gender bias by providing opportunity to local girls to have tailoring skills, which enable them to empower socially and economically. This centre is affiliated with Social Welfare Department in which the girls have to complete the nine months tailoring course. Social Welfare Officers monitor this sewing center by holding monthly meeting at SWD, Faisalabad.
Disabled Children and volunteers produce kite at center. This is income generating and skill transfer activity. Once family members or disabled person learn the kite making skill, they can start this income generating activity at their own home with little seed money provided by organization.
We provide free books to the poor disabled children and also accommodate them in the mainstream schools for primary education. School fees are provided by the organization according to the educational rehabilitation plan. Schools managements are also sensitized about the disability issues and teachers training program are organized time to time in order to impart teachers about disability problems faced by the children in schools.
The poor, needy, widows and disable people are also provided support form the Punjab Bait-ul-mal as well as from the Zakat and Ushr committee for their educational scholarships/financial assistance.
This is an on going service of the organization in which awareness activities are carried out regularly like community meetings, seminars, workshops, street plays, schools teacher meetings, rallies and Celebrating National & International events in order to provide awareness among different sectors of community thus minimize disability and gender bias in the society.