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LEFT OUT OF THE LOOP

Skills in Cordwainer and Carpentry Woodwork programmes for young disabled person as alternative means of livelihood for survival in KIKWIT.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Greater Kasai citizens has witnesses a violence which has reached a rare level of intensity.People were beheading people,cutting arms and legs,slashing bellies;women after being raped multiple times,suffered several physical consequences that can lead to permanent disabilities:dislocation of hips,fistula and paralysis.Today, it is estimated that over 15 % of the internal displaced population of Tshimbulu & Tshikapa Towns in the central Kasai region into neighbouring region of Kikwit are now disabled.The town and its surrounding communities is fast becoming a city for all - a melting point for several groups of people seeking for a means for basic survival. LEFT OUT OF THE LOOP will target this latest population as official aid does not target people with disabilities, most development programmes do not include them at all. Once, they were hard working men and women of our society,today they are suffering of reduced mobility, diminished employment opportunities, chronic health conditions, discrimination and other factors may put them more at risk during times of crisis.Unfortunately, most of disabled persons have no skilled ability for self-employment or for employment. In response to this social and employment problem,UK-IODDA in collaboration with TAPHID is pioneering the creation of a special vocational training and empowerment programme in trade skills in (cordwainer and carpentry woodwork) with a start up grant to become skilled,self-reliant entrepreneur and productive members of the society and useful to themselves and their communities. UK-IODAA recognizes the fact that the Disabled Persons are human beings, created in the same “image and likeness”and share a common origin and destiny with the rest of us,and should not be discriminated upon.The Programme is designed for the Disabled Persons based on their present ability and the contemporary needs of society. In the absence of an alternative means of livelihood,begging has remained the only option of survival

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Tshimbulu is situated in Kasai-Occidental, DR Congo, its geographical coordinates are 6° 29' 0" South, 22° 51' 0" East.People have been migrated to Kikwit Town/Grand Bandundu which is located about 40 miles north of Angola border,398 miles east of Tshimbulu and 220 miles from province capital Kananga. In late 2018s, the influx of disabled persons seeking means of livelihood has increased tremendously,without government support as a result of the climatic and social in Tshimbulu become unbearable

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The Programme is aimed at bridging the educational skills divide, multiplying trade skills opportunities for locals as well for newcomers and eradicating trade skills discrimination-all people living with disability has not been considered into government action and facing discimination. This is geared towards recovering and utilizing the ability in disability in order to equip disapled person (locals/newcomers) to meet the emerging challenges of the local labour market of the 21st Century.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

It is designed to mobilize Disabled Persons towards the attainment of: -Self Realization:This is based on our understanding that Disabled Persons are human beings, nursed in their mothers’ wombs with hope,born with great aspirations,talents and abilities and have significant contributions to community development. -Better Human Relationship:This is based on our belief and understanding that both the abled and disabled persons need to live for the sake of each other,and care for one another as members of one human family, united in purpose and common destiny. -Creative Ability Development:This is based on our understanding that even without functional body part,the Disabled persons can use others parts of their bodies,like their hands to survive without begging and also to contribute to societal growth.The Project will expose and train the disabled person on how on how to use their heart,head and hand (3H) to earn a living,build human relationships and become better creative citizen

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

•With the provision of this grant, will be able to empower 750 war affected disabled in carpentry skills in one year;•In the second year,the number of young trainees would double;•At the end of the third year, would have empowered over 2,000 young as a result of reinvestment of the proceeds from outside jobs which are chargeable but with lack of enough financial means to run the project in long time in which it will have massive impact in the community. We will carry out a process evaluation to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the project and its impact on the Disabled Persons and their host communities.The evaluation will include both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.Attendance List and Participating Sheets will be used to measure the strength of the project components and exposure.The process evaluation will also examine how participants interacted during project implementation and also document changes in relationship before, during and after projet

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

For the past 5 years, UK-IODDA is working with displaced disabled persons in the Eastern Congo, investing in the education and training of refugees, the displaced disabled persons and other communities emerging from conflict, in order to promote peaceful development. All we know that People with reduced mobility have been the most severely affected by the violence. However, after a number of workshops looking at ways to reduce disabled persons suffering, improve their economic and social situation etc, the participants felt a sudden desire to use this opportunity to focus to empower in trade skills the massive influx of Disabled Persons (due less mobility) who are standing in traffic junctions, motor parks, churches/mosques and market gates as beggars, always asking for alms and charities. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We had to go with what the disabled community wanted – after all this was their project.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

•Local ownership: newcomers/local/community leaders/parents/young people/An inclusive partnership; •Project needs were identified by the users through a community workshops as the inlfux of disabled beggars increased within our towns. •Programme activities: Divided in four: a.Project Orientation and Project Management training: b. Establishment of a Project Advisory Committee;c.Advocacy and Sensitization with Stakeholders; d.Networking and Special Events •Leverage strength: Possibility of attracting additional investment from other sources; •Scalability: Is planned and developed once, is shared or implemented by multiple beneficiaries and is adaptable for use by others; •Accountability: Provides operational and financial measurements for monitoring the achievement of the project's objectives and outcomes. •Beneficiary availability: takes into account the amount of time key project members have to implement the project

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

The main strengths of this community are the people themselves and their commitment to making their communities good places to live for everyone. Although many of the community members, parents, elders, young people have developed relationships across different faiths and ethnicities, there is a real need for the authoctone to embrace these relationships in order to improve community cohesion and dispel the tensions that presently exist with the newcomers. Inspite with poor infrastructures within the region but are willingness to offer their supports. services to the newcomers. The few privilege number of Disabled Persons have been camped in Disabled Persons homes operated by Faith-based Organizations like Churches, Mosques and other humanitarian Organizations in Kikwit Town (Gd Bandundu). At most of these camps, they are provided with food, accommodation and clothing periodically based on charities from the public and corporate bodies.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

(1)TAPHID is the leading organization in DR Congo that offers training and development programs for service providers as well disabled persons, including legal and medical practitioners, educators, counsellors, law enforcement agents, and community-based counsellors. It has a three offices/centre in DR Congo which are delivering different programmes. (2) EBEN EZER MINISTRIES (local church) will provide personels, facilities for workshops and training of Cordwainer and Carpentry Woodwork programmes for young disabled persons as alternative means of livelihood for survival. (3) ACTION CONGO AID- have developed a coordinated strategy for rehabilitating and reintegrating children and young people who have been living in displacement. As well as the activities in entrepreneurship training. They are also building a network of NGOs, building their capacity to respond to children’s needs and participate to the economic and development of the country.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Product: A new or enhanced physical product that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

UK-INTERNATIONAL DISPLACED DISABLED PERSON ASSOCIATION (UK-IODDA)

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

UK-IODDA is a registered UK charity based in UK/London, with partners in D R Congo, Angola, Rwanda, R Congo, Uganda, and South Sudan.The organisation’s work is funded by a wide range of donors and supported by higher personality in Britain and Africa.UK-IODDA provides access to education and training for those affected by conflict in Africa mainly disabled persons and the minority ethnics which are dispersed because of wars.So far, we supported: Educational Scholarships:Through sponsoring refugees and others affected by conflict in Africa at secondary, vocational and tertiary level, UK-IODDA is developing the professional skills essential to building peace. Scholarships:Over 1,500 war-affected Swahili youth in Eastern D R Congo are accessing education through the Swahili Bursary Scheme (ABS), managed by UK-IODDA/Rwanda since 2009 with support from local people. Training sponsorship:UK-IODDA and donors to provide 12 Occupational Therapist scholarship opportunities to conflict areas

Website URL:

www.uk-iodda.org (under review at the moment)

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

UK-IODDA OFFICE 15 ACCESS BUSINESS CENTRE 141-157 ACRE LANE LONDON SW2 5UA ENGLAND EMAIL: UK-IODDA@HOTMAIL.CO.UK TEL: 00442086780823

Organization Headquarters: City / State

LONDON

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Map two regions- Kikwit as host region and Kasai where people migrated from

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Hello Encheme Freeman, i am very excited to find an organisation that coincide with my passion for the disabled persons. As a victim of vision-loss, i lived through thick and thin of life around complete societal neglect and rejection. Sadly, this rejection appears a societal conspiracy accepted by all without any corrective effort from any one or group. The government, religious sects, even the very friends and families of the disabled persons are not innocent of this ugly trend against the development of this most vulnerable group of all times. Unfortunately, policy of inclusion has been reduced to mere political and diplomatic mantra in many countries. Anyway, i will like to collaborate with you on this platform and beyond.