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Help differently-abled to earn more

Focus: Disability, Women, Livelihoods

5% Funded
THE lack of rehabilitation facilities for the differently-abled in this Kerala village leave them with few livelihood opportunities. Help them get expert training to upgrade their skills and earning capacity.

The neglect faced by the differently-abled, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, leave them ill equipped to pursue mainstream work opportunities.

To address this, KIDS run capacity-building programmes to train them with skills for employment. This Fundraiser will help 30 of them with basic skills in handicrafts, get an advanced course that will make them more productive and boost their income.

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With ₹5,000 you can fund a 45-day skill-training course for a differently-abled adult.


Most of the differently-abled men and women that KIDS work with come from extremely poor families of farmers, fishermen and construction workers. Growing up, their parents were unable to take proper care of them, or provide them with nutritious food or adequate healthcare. As adults, with so many odds against them, an opportunity to enhance their skills will increase their income with which they could even help their impoverished families.

Skill-training will help the differently-abled become self-reliant and boost their self-esteem.

According to a study carried out by KIDS in 2013, they found 195 differently-abled persons living in the area. Most were coping in difficult conditions and seemed to have a bleak future ahead of them, especially with regards to employment opportunities. The skills training programme was established as a response to this.

In developing countries, 80% to 90% of persons with disabilities of working age are unemployed.

United Nations, Division for Social Policy and Development Disability, 2005

The bleak scenario is of the approximately 70 million persons with disability in India, only about 0.1 million have succeeded in getting employment in the industries till now.

Meera Shenoy, Persons With Disability and the Indian Labour Market, ILO, December 2011

Governments throughout the world can no longer overlook the hundreds of millions of people with disabilities who are denied access to health, rehabilitation, support, education and employment, and never get the chance to shine.

Professor Stephen Hawking, World Report on Disability, 2011

Once the fundraiser is complete, KIDS will appoint a designer and a master trainer to conduct the 45 days course for 30 participants who have been identified. They will be trained on how to bind books, make paper bags, flowers and stars and other handicraft products. The participants will then form into self-help groups and market their products through KIDS' network of contacts.

This Fundraiser will equip 30 adults with disabilities with basic skills in handicrafts.