Activity Report of Capital Independent living Center (CILC) January-May 2009

Report from Pakistan

Activity Report of Capital Independent living Center (CILC)
January-May 2009,

Crisis Situation in Pakistan:
There are many aspects to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Malakand
division in NWFP. The emergency response remains focused on bigger issues
benefiting vast majority of Persons. While the part of the basic and most
of the specific needs of vulnerable persons, persons with disabilities,
older persons, persons with Injuries and children with disability remain

The focus of Capital Independent Living Center (CILC)’s future activities
now shifted to IDP’s and I urge all the Disabled Persons Organizations,
Independent Living Centers and other stakeholders to once again join
hands together to take the necessary measures to ensure full inclusion of
persons with disabilities in the mainstream services and to develop
suitable specific actions in order to respond and make their lives
Independent, either they are living in NWFP or shelters provided by Bailt
-ul- Mal and Ministry of Social Welfare.

Creating ways for IL Leaders to Act
On December, 13th in 2008, a team of CILC:
* Two Peer-Counselors,
* One Project Assistant-CILC,
* Personal Assistant
Done the first assessment of district Suhawa, and according to the need
of that area, they have started discussion with local community leaders,
families of persons with disabilities and their (Girga) representatives,
Focused point of the discussion was:
* overcome discrimination, including multiple discrimination, and
increasing integration of people with disabilities through Independent
Living * increasing their labor market participation * tackling
disadvantages in education, training and lifelong learning and poverty
throughout the equal access to education and support and enhancing
Personal Assistance to severely disabled persons * Ensuring decent housing
and improving access to quality services that are accessible and
affordable (health and care services, transport, lifelong learning, etc.)

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what
direction we are going.”

Another assessment of Village Sawabi has been done by:
* Three representatives of Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP)
* Two Peer-Counselors with Project Assistant Capital Independent Living
Centre (CILC)

Which lies between the river Indus and river Kabul, in the North West
frontier (NWFP) of Pakistan, It is divided into two Tehsils, forty union
councils and 200 villages. The total area of Swabi is 1543 square
kilometers, out of which 78 percent is hilly and 21 percent is plain

The district Swabi consists of about 1.2milion people comprising 82
percent rural area and 18 percent in urban. Among these 3.6 percent
people are disabled in which 49 percent are females and 51 percent are
males. The disabilities in the district are classified as visually,
physical, intellectual and hearing impairments.

In January, 2009, CILC have taken the initiative of establishment of
Independent Living Centre Suhawa, by formal selection of IL Leaders and
their training on introducing the concept of IL and philosophy of ILP.

IL center commits to active advocacy for PWDs to realize society where
severely disabled persons can live comfortably based upon the belief that
such society is also comfortable to any person.

We want to introduce a movement of IL not just as a project, had long
discussions with Persons with Disabilities about the challenges they are
facing, and one of the representative of village Suhawa, raised the need
of self-advocacy, and said “We receive so many messages from the
non-disabled world that we are not wanted, that we are considered less
than human. The very physical environment tells us we do not belong. It
tells us that we are not wanted in the places that non-disabled people
spend their lives.”

On 21st February 2009, team visited Bagyal, Alipur Farassh, The third
intervention area for the establishment Independent Living Centre. Rizwan
and his sister have attended training on Independent Living in March 2008
and have conducted PC sessions and invited our team to their village to
start IL Center

APCD Mission in Pakistan,
Sessions on Independent Living, from Jan 2009 till date CILC have
conducted several sessions: On 9th April 2009, STEP has organized
training of 60 executive members of Telenor, corporate sector, cellular
company in two slots on Disability Awareness.
* In which Abia Akram, Project Manager – CILC, conducted a session on
History and Role of Independent Living in Disability Movement, * Session
on Independent Living Program was conducted by Mr. Abdul Manan on 16th
February in Pakistan’s First Media Sensitization workshop, * One day IL
Skill training was organized for 7 persons with disabilities with keeping
in mind the concept of training is must be enabling so that people are not
just being trained to react and solve their problems but to gain insight
to their situation, anticipate and cope with difficulties, choose the best
action, and better manage their resources.

Had organized 4 PC sessions:
The best way to protect the IL movement the team of CILC worked so hard
to create is to encourage and maintain the active participation of young
leaders with disabilities. Because currently we are not succeeded in
starting Personal Assistant Services but main contribution is Young
people from our community offer unique perspectives on the contemporary
disability experience and life in general. They can and should have a
vocal presence as consumers, volunteers, staff, and board members.
One-to-one peer counseling allows you the opportunity to work
individually with a peer counselor on your unique independent living
goals. Beyond providing concrete help, a peer counselor can assist you in
addressing personal growth needs by working with you individually on:
* Identifying your strengths
* Acknowledging limitations
* Discovering your abilities
* Adapting to new circumstances and expectations that result from a
disability; and * Gaining awareness of how societal attitudes and
stereotypes about disability affect our own self-image. * Enhance your
ability as a self-advocate.

Coordination Meeting
In most situations, local DPOs are not as visible as the large
international NGOs or UN organizations focusing on disability. To avoid
this, local organizations need to make them more visible through making
their internal coordination:
* Coordination meeting of women with disabilities on 16th April, 2009,
chaired by Ms. Abia Akram, Women Coordinator DPI Pakistan (NFWWD) *
Coordination meeting with Disabled Persons Organizations representatives,
with Directorate General of Social Welfare and Special Education on 9th
April, 2009 * Meeting with the representative of JICA on 19th March, 2009

Card making training

Abia Akram,

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