WHAT WE DO:
Health and Rehabilitation
Tamir encourages and facilitates accessible adaptations at home and workplace for easy access and mobility. The adaptations are made inside and outside home and work environment. Since Pakistan is a disaster-prone country, therefore, Tamir encourage to use low cost and locally available material in accessible adaptations for easy repair, redesigning or reconstruction, etc.
Assistive Devices & Assistive Technology
Accessibility is one of the major barriers to getting health services, education, training and employment.
Tamir provides and facilitates for Assistive Devises (White cane, Braille Books, Audio Books, wheelchairs, Crutches, walking frame, hearing devices and visual aids) and Assistive Technology (JAWS & TALK, etc) to facilitate access to healthcare, education, learning and employment opportunities.
Al-Barkat Rehabilitation Centre (ABRC)
The ABRC is a one-stop-shop to provide range of services to Persons with Disability, directly through Disability Resource Centre as well as through a strong referral mechanism of networking organizations, in the field of health, (physiotherapy, surgical interventions, provision of devices), education, training, economic empowerment in addition to events to create awareness and advocacy for policy change.
Everyday living Skills/Mobility Training
Activities for daily living skills (A.D.L.S) and Mobility training play a vital role in improving self-help skills and independent life. Tamir provides support in developing A.D.L.S and carries out mobility training.
Tamir Welfare Organization as a parent organization of ‘Tamir Cheshire Programme’ has been actively involved in the technical input, monitoring and evaluating a 5 years Inclusive Education (IE) Project funded by Community Fund (CF) the United Kingdom in 2006-2011. This multi-country project was funded to Leonard Cheshire Disability-UK with Tamir Cheshire Community Program (TCCP) as implementing Partner at Faisalabad, Pakistan. In total 320 children with disabilities has been facilitated to get enrolled in mainstream education and a number of children and adults have been supported for physiotherapy and other health and rehabilitation services. A coaching centre for disabled children has been established at Al-Barkat Rehabilitation since 2011 after phased out of the project. Health & Rehab services with basic education are provided at Al-Barkat Rehabilitation centre with the help of an annual grant provided by Allied Bank Limited Pakistan. This was the first project of its kind in Pakistan, providing the full range of services to persons with disabilities directly through project partners and strong referral mechanism of networking organization.
Tamir has been constantly engaged in designing activities to create awareness and sensitization about the needs of persons with disabilities in parents and caregivers, community members, government officials, employer’s organization, representatives of training institutions, chamber of commerce and industries, trade unions and various other stakeholders.
Tamir has not only organized several events for advocacy and campaigning for attitude and policy change ensuring the protection of rights of the person with disabilities but has been an active member of high-level policy dialogue and consultation meetings for the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities at various levels at provincial and national level. Each year Tamir observed 3rd December as International Disability Day and carried out rally for the promotion of rights of disabled people through the media campaign.
Advocacy and Campaigning UNCRPD Campaign
Pakistan is not only a signatory to the United Nation Convention for the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities but has committed for ratification in July 2011. Tamir Cheshire Community has been involved in advocacy programmed for since 2006 making deliberate and systematic efforts to create awareness and promote rights of the PWDs in line with UNCRPD.
Awareness and Sensitization
Creating awareness sessions about issues and challenges, Persons with Disabilities face in their day to day life, is a regular feature of Tamir activities. These sessions are designed to make participants aware and sensitize about the barriers persons with disabilities face every day, introducing low-cost-accessible solutions to overcome barriers and how ABILITIES can be promoted for changing the prevailing negative attitude toward the abilities of persons with disabilities.
- Following are our regular community-based services:
- Physiotherapy Centre (Rehabilitation)
- Speech Therapy Centre (Rehabilitation)
- Activities of Daily Living Skills for children (Rehabilitation)
- Provisions of Aid & Appliance for needy disabled people (Rehabilitation)
- Recreational Activities (Play & Picnic) with disabled children (Rehabilitation)
- Educational Support and teaching to special children (Special Education)
- Sewing Centre (Vocational Rehabilitation) Community Based Program
- Beautician Course (Vocational Rehabilitation) Community Based Program
- Computer Class for disabled and non-disabled students (new initiative vocational skill)
- Social Program within community for the welfare of disabled people
- Free Medical Health Camps in the community
- Polio & Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign and treatment from DOTS centers
- Disability assessment & DOTS/TB Training to Lady Health Workers in the community
- Help Disabled families to access Zakat & Bait Ul Maal and Benazir Funds
- Political Education & Awareness to Local Union Counsellors in their constituency
We would like to continue support to disabled people specially children by providing comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) service, whereas CBR is the approach, which is recommended by United Nation for developing countries like Pakistan and activities involve: Physiotherapy, speech therapy, provisions of assistive devices, helps them in education and in livelihood Programs for their independence.
We have also formed Community Rehabilitation Committee (CRC) responsible for their rehabilitation process, which will give the recommendation, monitor activities and work with target beneficiaries each year. The family members would be important stakeholder throughout the rehabilitation process. The assistive device will be provided after careful assessment of these children and adults plus we will train 50 disabled children each year to attain skills such as tailoring and as beauty technician and in other professions.