KADO has a limited funding base and resources to pay wages and stipends to disabled persons on a long-term basis. The current level of stipends being given to the disabled persons in the Rehabilitation Centres is too high to sustain any sustainability for the Rehabilitation Centre.
Skills Training and Rehabilitation in the Central Rehabilitation Center
KADO needs to assess the current people at its rehabilitation center to find out how many of these come from poor and destitute families.
KADO will probably have to find some sources of funds to provide some stipend in addition to free rehabilitation services in case it gets any funding support or able to generate some funds. KADO may decide to stop paying stipends to those, who belong to not so poor or better off families and may provide free rehabilitation services to such people. Keeping in view the current funding situation, KADO needs to inform the parents and guardians of those, who are currently benefiting from the center so that they are mentally prepared to face any eventuality.
In the KADO rehabilitation centre, people with special needs will be trained, rehabilitated on rotational basis and sent to their homes and thereby attempt to cover majority of the population. They will be trained on the basis of their nature of disability, potential and abilities so that they are able to use those skills to earn some income and get jobs. This therapy centre will not extend regular wages or stipends rather it will induct special people for a certain period of time on rotational basis to provide rehabilitation services and vocational skills. If it gets funding, KADO may decide to provide stipend to people belonging to poor and destitute families. Hostel facility and transportation will be provided to the target group. Further linkages with rehabilitation centers within the country and abroad will be created. Moreover, partnership with the government for rehabilitation will be developed and strengthened.
KADO could initiate dialogue with the government to create jobs in government institution for people with special needs on the basis of the quota allocated to the disabled people. However, there will be a certain percentage of disabled population, who may not have potential to learn any skills and therefore may not be able to earn any income or find a job. Such people, particularly those belonging to poor and destitute families may be paid some stipend during and after such training. Skills training will be charged from disables belonging to those families, who can afford to pay. Disabled people belonging to better off families will not be paid any stipend during or after the training.
Community level Skills Training Centers
In addition to the KADO rehabilitation centers KADO may facilitate the communities and LDOs to initiate rehabilitation services in their respective villages, particularly in those areas, where large number of disabled people live to cover maximum number of disabled people and ensure community ownership. KADO will have to build capacities of local LDOs and communities to provide these services at the local level so that special people remain within their areas and villages. In order to transfer skills of running such facilities linkages with rehabilitation centers within the country and abroad can be created. Further, efforts can be directed towards creating partnerships between the local government, LDOs and communities.
Involvement of AKDN and Imamati Institutions
There is no set up or institutional mechanism at the AKDN level and in Imamati Institutions. KADO board could use its contact and influence to encourage AKDN institutions and Imamati Institutions to initiate activities focusing on people with special needs themselves or support community level initiatives in this regard.
Generation of funds and resources to carryout the rehabilitation services
The following steps are suggested to generate funds and required resources to carryout the rehabilitation services:
Identifying donors to support rehabilitation services
In addition to SDC and the Embassy of Finland other international donors can also be contacted to generate funds for rehabilitation services. KADO can facilitate linkages of communities with funding agencies to support community level rehabilitation services.
There are several multinational and national corporations, who support these types of activities, such as Proctor & Gamble, Lever Brothers, ICI Pakistan, Packages Limited, Nestle, Pakistan Services Limited (PSL), and other corporations. These organizations could be contacted and proposals could be submitted to these organizations to raise funds for such activities.
Generating funds through community involvement
Fund generation campaigns can be organized at the community level by engaging scouts, volunteers, girl guides, boy scouts. These forums could also be used for organizing awareness campaigns. Through the involvement of Ismaili council awareness can be created by making announcements at Jamat Khanas and during community gatherings. At the time of particular occasions such as Eid and Salgirahs special funds generation campaigns can be organized. Schools, colleges, mosques, village and women organizations can also be used as forums to encourage local philanthropy.