Profiles of Special People

The average age of men at the centre is 33 years and, from 55 men less than 20 are married. Amongst the disabled women who have an average age of 31 years, a majority are unmarried. This clearly highlights the social discrimination against women in society. Disabled men have slightly better prospects of marriage than disabled women. At the Rehabilitation Centres, all members have a great sense of achievement about their earning ability, and consequently as earning family members have become important in their respective families. The earning ability of men has encouraged many male members to get married. The social behaviour of RC members has also improved from a state of aggression and isolation to more social participation within their families and communities.

The initial level of skill among the men was poor or non-existent, which over the years in rehabilitation has increased to a good standard. 43% of women had no skills initially, while 43% had a few skills and 14% had average skills. Presently 71% of the women at the RC have a good standard if skills and 29% have average skills.
During training both the men and women have shown a willingness to work and an enthusiasm for improving their skills toward income generation.

The outcome of the rehabilitation centre activities has proved to be beneficial to its members as it has brought changes into their lives, but it is premature to assess impact at this point, as the extent to which members have or have not reintegrated into mainstream society is questionable. The majority of disabled persons who were brought in to the RCs since its initiation are still there. Not a single member has moved on to reintegrate into society. Unfortunately, unless a member has expired, there has been no movement of members. This in turn is unfair on other disabled persons in Hunza since the RCs offer no incentive to the community.