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Linking Persons With Disabilities with Opportunities

Improved Accessibility (Wheel Chairs/Ramps) and enabled PWDs for independent life at FATA Areas of Pakistan

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What problem does your idea solve?

In Pakistan PWDs are facing number of socioeconomic problems. Yes they are consider stigma and burden on the families and they are ignored, As a result they are unable to get access to services like education, health and livelihood opportunities and they spend isolated and miserable lives among the communities they belong to. Our organization is striving to work for the welfare and uplift of PWDs in FATA to create friendly, inclusive and conducive environment for them

Explain your idea

To bring lasting changes in the lives of PWDs we will implement this project for the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) at three Tehsil of Khyber Agency of FATA Pakistan. We have registered community based non profit organization here in FATA having local staff and volunteers.I along with my team and volunteers will be engaged while implementing this idea. We have the experience in the field ,Previously we have supported Ministry of Federal Education Basic Community School while distributing wheel chairs in FATA areas.Currently we are working jointly with the Directorate of Basic Community Schools Ministry of Federal Education while implementing basic education community schools project.We have also est close coordination with Social Welfare department FATA. This idea will be implemented under the umbrella of Human Centered Design.We will be developing tools for identifying and assisting the beneficiaries for each activity and intervention. All staff and volunteers are local of Khyber Agency FATA. There are mainly three type of intervention while implementing this idea.We will start with coordination meetings with line department and law enforcement agencies to create supportive environments.Next we will community mobilization and organization to bring a sense of ownership among the target communities while involving local PWDs. We will conduct village level awareness sessions and to level the field for starting up other project activities like skills development training

Who benefits?

PWDs of Khyber Agency FATA will get benefit from this idea.There will be three type of activities for PWDs under this idea.1)They will be trained on learning tailoring skills to earn their own bread and butter 2)Provision of Wheel Chairs 3) Conducting awareness and sensitization sessions and advocacy events for construction of Ramps at their houses schools.Target area is Khyber Agency. Under this idea 300 PWDs (Male 70% Female 30%) will be benefited directly . The age group is 15 to 45 years.

How is your idea unique?

There are so many social and economic problems facing by the persons with disabilities in Pakistan.For the last one decade our people in FATA is suffering of natural and man made disaster.Terrorism and militancy have further worsen the situation in our areas. People have lost their lives and deprived of their belonging and livelihood opportunities. Like everywhere,persons with disabilities living in our area often belong to poor families.They are in dire need of support and facilitation in this regard. My idea is unique firstly, for the first time being local, we will be implementing this idea at war and terrorism stricken areas of FATA. Secondly we will train them as skilled PWDs to be able to spend respectful and independent lives. Thirdly this project will be implemented with the support and the involvement active local PWDs in my area Lastly first time we will be lunching campaign where we will conduct advocacy events,sensitization and awareness sessions.

Tell us more about you

I am a sociologist and development practitioner working in development sector since 2003.I have worked with different national and international organizations base in Peshawar Pakistan Together with my colleagues we have registered an organization named Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) in 2009 under social welfare act 1961 of Pakistan. Currectly i am running the same Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) along with other colleagues.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

I would love to add some picture and videos and further i would seek my colleagues feedback, guidance and comments

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Pakistan

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Idea Maturity

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

How has your idea changed based on feedback?

Since I have started working on my idea with OpenIDEO, meanwhile I am learning a lot of new things from the comments and feedback of the colleagues, participants and OpenIDEO team. I have come to know that working for PWDs is vast and technical field where I have learned technical things about PWDs and problems and issues facing by them.After feed back from OpenIDEO we included skills development trainings to be arranged for PWD to enable them to spend independent and respectful lives. I have also learned a little about Human Centered Design while studying the tool kit but still to be learning a lot about HCD. For me this is hundred percent new forum and style of work that is why it increases my curiosity and zeal for learning things and doing something new and unique. Sometime I feel proud and happy for receiving the positive feedback and I start thinking that my this little effort might bring great changes in lives of PWDs in my area

Who will implement this idea?

Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) team will manage and implement this idea. Almost all staff members including volunteers are from local areas of Khyber Agency FATA. I myself as CEO will be playing leading role while implementing this idea. We may assigned responsibilities like Project Coordinator, finance Officer, Three Social Organizers and office assistant will be full time engaged to support this effort. Beside this, idea will be supported by up to ten volunteers including PWDs.

Using a human-centered design approach, you may uncover insights that lead to small or foundational changes to your organization’s existing strategy or processes in order to unlock the potential of your idea. How would your organization go about making such changes?

Decisions related to constitutional amendments or changes are taken by Executive Body consist upon seven members.Beside this we have few and limited number of staff members in the team and all decision are taken in consultation with all staff members.Therefore it provide equal buy-in environment across the organization

What is it that most attracted you to Amplify instead of a more traditional funding model?

The most attractive things are the style and methodology of OpenIDEO and HCD which is always going to compel you to think, start and developed the ideas and projects. It has unique strategies from the idea and research phase till implementation. The other positive thing is the seriousness of the OpenIDEO team and their experts. They give realistic and timely feedback and comments.Further Amply challenge are more flexible and implementing bottom-to-top approach from the design.

What challenges do your end-users face? (1) What is the biggest challenge that your end-users face on a day-to-day, individual level? (2) What is the biggest systems-level challenge that affects your end-users?

The end users in this idea are PWDs. They are facing a lot of challenges and difficulties. They are often belong to poor families they are not able to get proper treatment and health facilities throughout their lives. They are not getting educational and skills development opportunities to be able to spend good life. Their families consider PWDs a burden on them and they think that they can’t do any job in their lives that is why minimum care and attention are given to PWDs. In addition to this, in daily life they are ignored throughout social gatherings, discussions and sharing common communities affairs. Another system level failure is that PWDs are not the priority for the policy makers therefore meager amount of budget are spent for the well being of Persons With Disabilities

Tell us about your vision for this project: (1) share one sentence about the impact you would like to see from this project in five years and (2) what is the biggest question you need to answer to get there?

I would foresee that after five years, more aware and PWDs sensitized community will be emerged and PWDs will enjoy spending independent life while having basic facilities and more opportunities for them. QUESTION: How we would mobilize the local resources,sensitize the stakeholders and policy makers and to influence the government policies to allocate more resources and budget for PWDs of FATA

How long have you and your colleagues been working on this idea together?

  • Between 6 months and 1 year

How many of your team’s paid, full-time staff are currently based in the location where the beneficiaries of your proposed idea live?

  • No paid, full-time staff

Is your organization registered in the country you intend to implement your idea in?

  • We are registered in all countries where we plan to implement.

My organization's operational budget for 2016 was:

  • Under $50,000 USD

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Dear BobAchgill,
You are putting forward a great work and really interesting idea.This idea will create a treasure of words signs which will be used by the people with disabilities (deaf) and teachers at their communities around the world.We would also try our best to include our part from Pashtu language. Pashtu is a language spoken in FATA,Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,Baluchistan and Afghanistan.Keep it up great work

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