Restoring dignity and building resilience

Supporting people with disabilities in Pakistan

Shoukat is 30. He lives in Dera Habit, a village in Punjab, Pakistan. His physical impairment used to hold him back from living an independent life. He could not support his brother, who was responsible for earning a living for the whole family. He was dependent on family for the basic activities of daily living like moving around the house, getting something to eat and getting dressed.

His dependence on family, not being able to participate actively in his community and being unable to contribute to his family’s income had let to Shoukat becoming depressed.

Shoukat sharing his experience with the field team — Photo: HelpAge Pakistan

Building Disaster Resilience in Pakistan

The DFID funded Building Disaster Resilience in Pakistan (BDRP) programme targets people in poverty in Pakistan like Shoukat, especially those at greatest risk from natural disasters, so that they can become more resilient. The programme is delivered in partnership with FAO in Emergencies, UN Development, World Food Programme, Concern Worldwide and a wide range of local implementing partners including HelpAge International.

The programme is working to improve resilience of crisis-affected communities through risk assessment, planning, mitigation, preparedness measures and emergency response.

Under the programme Shoukat was provided with the opportunity to participate in training on tailoring and dress making. He started working at his home initially and introduced himself as a tailor in the nearby houses. With his clients growing in the area, he managed to save some money and set up a small shop in the nearby market. He now supports his family and their economic conditions are getting better. He is now seen as a source of hope for other persons with disabilities in the area.

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