Disability Project in Muzzafargarh

Funded by:

PPAF

Summary:

MOJAZ estimates that the PWD population in these three UCs is approximately seven per cent of the total population. Our experience at grassroots has time and again brought to surface the utter neglect and injustice PWDs experience during disaster (2010 Floods is a case in point). Whilst others manage to fight against the system – PWDs become the most deprived. Muzaffargarh is an underdeveloped area and no project ensuring administrative justice to PWDs in Muzaffargarh has ever been planned or implemented despite such close proximity of offices of Ombudspersons in Multan. There is a dire need to do capacity building of PWDs so that they can demand justice when faced with mal-administration. However, without a proper investigation, such as the applied research planned under this project, proper measures and interventions cannot be recommended.

MOJAZ has started its second project with the financial support of PPAF in District Muzaffargarh on PWDs. The project aims at mainstreaming people with special needs through provision of assistive devices and enterprise development training for their economic development besides initiating several activities and engagement with the district government to ensure inclusion and accessibility of PWD. The project is being implemented in 3 UCs of Tehsil Muzaffargarh namely: Gulwala, Wan Patafi and CharifChajra.

Best Practices of Disability Project

MOJAZ Foundation A Gateway to Assistive Technology for PWDs

In collaboration with Social Welfare Department of District Government Muzaffargarh, MF has established a computer lab equipped with 4 PCs and assistive technology for persons with visual and hearing impairment.

Children who live together learn to live together

MF organized an innovative awareness rising session and held “Quiz Competition” with local students of public School in order to raise awareness amongst students about the plight of PWDs.

Advocating for Rights of Persons with Disabilities

To advocate the rights enlisted in National Policy for PWDs 2002 and UNCRPD in National language with in local context, MF adapted unique methodology and developed Bill-Boards having abstracts and illustration printed on it and placed in local community who signed the Convention rights collectively. Moreover, Awareness Raising Material and UNCRPD booklets in Urdu are also reprinted.

Breaking the ICE

During the Carpet Survey in Sharif Chajra, nearly 5000 number of population refused to be surveyed hence leaving nearly 500 PWDs unscreened. To break the Ice Project conducted Medical Camp in the same Revenue Villages and as a result 600 new PWDs were identified and screened.

Removing Barriers to make infrastructure Accessible for PWDs

Recently MF Regional Office Muzaffargarh has been made accessible for persons with physical disabilities. A ramp with standard gradient of 1/12, width of 1300 mm was raised which is portable and doesn’t requires alteration in existing building. Initiative was really appreciated by Mr. Saleem, Social Welfare Officer, who expressed intentions to make premises of Social Welfare department accessible similarly.

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