Bairdwatson Charitable Trust funding helps the people with disability

SAVE is please to announce that we have received the second year funding of a three year project from Bairdwatson Charitable Trust in Edinburgh. In the first year 102 people have benefited already! SAVE is please to announce that we have received the second year funding of a three year project from Bairdwatson Charitable Trust in Edinburgh. In the first year 102 people have benefited already!

The funding is to help improve socio-economic condition of the persons with disability through capacity building, income generation and social awareness. This is being done by working with Pratibondhee Shangha, with whom we have a working agreement to fund "Empowerment and community based rehabilitation of persons with disability (PWD) through capacity building and income generating activities"

The project aims to:
a. improved skills in areas including leadership, health and marketing for at least 20 individuals
b. improved income generation skills in at least 30 individuals and evidence of actual income generation in 10 individuals annually

In the first year of the Project 102 people benefited from the work.

Of the 53 participants who completed their training in computer applications, mobile repair, tailoring, bag making 35 (66%) have learned the trade well and have started earning. Of the remaining 18, 10 (65.55%) are expected to improve with further training. Further training will be provided by PBS from it’s own source.

Leadership skill: All the 35 participants are aware of the qualities of a good leader. They have shown good development in communication skills, problem identification and planning for solving a problem in classroom situation and decision making. However the skills need to be tested in real life situations.

As for the health component the training has provided knowledge on hygiene, sanitation, low cost locally available culturally acceptable healthy foods and the ill effects of tobacco and alcohol consumptions. Many are now practising regular hand washing before consuming food, consuming vegetables and locally available fruits more frequently. Almost all are also advising their family members and neighbours to get their children immunised at regular intervals and also advising that they provide pregnant mothers extra food and necessary antenatal, natal and postnatal care available at the nearest government health centre.