Save the Children has implemented family-based care in 26 villages in West Bandung, Indonesia. They have helped educate parents to have the capability to handle their children with disabilities and to give therapy to the children at home. To give children with disabilities access to education, volunteers work with schools and local government to get birth certificates so that the children can be accepted at school. Cisomang Barat School was the one appointed to be an inclusive school. Today there are three children with disabilities studying in Cisomang Barat School; next year there will be six more.
Another programme is to educate young people who want to get married. This is to prevent cases of children with disabilities by providing information about healthy pregnancy, vaccination and healthy food for babies.
Riri is 11 years old. His father sells fruit in the street from 8:00–21:00 every day, and his mother is a housewife. Riri couldn’t walk but then Save the Children trained his mother to give him therapy. Now Riri’s family takes him to outdoor activities with other children. He participated in a local carnival, where he was drawing in front of many people.
Kholis, a 13-year-old girl, started having therapy on 14 March 2014. She likes to be outdoors playing in the tea plantation or rice field with her mother. Washing dishes and clothes are also things she enjoys doing, and playing with cats. According to her mother, Kholis is now more open, can look people in the eye, is able to socialise and is less emotional.
Farid is six years old, and he lives with his family in a small village. His mother is a housewife, and his father is a factory worker. The boy has a mental disorder and couldn’t walk because of problems with concentration. He has attended therapy for six months and now he can walk without someone’s help. He has become more active and started going to school. Therapy education from Save the Children helps his parents support him to do the exercise at home. Today he is more independent and gives his parents hope for changing the situation for the better.
This week we saw great work between Save the Children and the community, teachers and parents to help children with disabilities to get access to education. Sometimes really great things can be achieved by sharing, training and changing the mindset in the society. But more work is still ahead. The aim of the project is to provide the community with all the knowledge and tools they need to be independent in creating a better future for children with disabilities.