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Hope Care Centre - Respite Care 

Aims

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Projected Costs: 

2000 baht per month (£45 per month)

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Why is this Project important?

 

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The Convention on the Rights of the Persons with disabilities states that young people with disabilities are among the poorest and most marginalised of the world’s youth. Estimates suggest that there are between 180 and 220 million youth with disabilities worldwide, and nearly 80 percent of them live in developing countries. All the issues that affect young people, such as access to education, employment, health care and social services, affect those with disabilities in a far more complex way. Attitudes and discrimination linked to disability make it much more difficult for them to live independently, to find work or to participate in local activities. In many communities, both rural and urban, they are often excluded from decision making processes due to low expectations of their capabilities and a lack of projects aimed at enabling inclusion.

 

How is the project currently operating?

 

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Current areas of intervention in respite service: money management skills (Susannah takes children out shopping/buying vegetables etc), PADL- advice around washing and dressing skills, bicycle riding, music skills, football club, sewing club, cooking, cleaning, gardening.

 

Goals achieved: one young person is now able to ride a bicycle by herself and is able to cycle to the local market to buy fruit and vegetables for the house, another young person is able to assist with food preparation and cooking, one young woman now has a job cleaning at a local office for a small number of hours per week, improved behaviour of one young man who struggling with feelings of anger and frustration due to domestic issues.

 

Areas for future development: if able to secure funding for project this will help to relieve the pressure off Susannah relying upon her family and friends for donations and will also help to secure a regular source of income as opposed to intermittent gifting from family members.

If Susannah is successful she would like to be able to offer the service to more children graduating from starflower either as day cases or as boarding house respite cases.

With the current individuals in place at her home she would like to be able to link them in to self-defence classes, work experience and further education opportunities.

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