Skills training for handicapped people in Pakistan, Umeed-e-Noor

Country: 
Pakistan
Region: 
Islamabad
Project Duration: 
01/06/2009 to 31/05/2011
Status: 
Completed
Donor(s): 
ADC, HOPE'87
Project Description: 

The project, co-financed by ADC, was initiated in June 2009 with the objective to contribute to increase economic and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, specifically to support people with Down’s syndrome or hearing impairments, as well as slow learners. The main goals were to improve the equipment of a skills training centre of the local partner “Hashoo Foundation”, the development of demand-driven training courses and medical as well as psycho-social care for the trainees. The primary target group had limited access to skills training and employment opportunities due to the existing stigma in the society. This project gave an excellent platform to the beneficiaries to develop employable skills and compete in a market, where there is a major shortage of skilled staff. The direct beneficiaries were 169 young men and women between the ages of 14-29 who were living with disabilities in the rural, sub-urban and urban areas of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, and who did not get any prior vocational or technical training. The highlight of the project were job and art fairs that helped in increasing the awareness among stakeholders and the general public along with creating a platform for employment and income generation opportunities.

Cross cutting issues: 

Disability, capacity development, poverty alleviation

Project Background: 

Pakistan is 146th on the Human Development Index of the UN. A large part of the population is deprived of basic necessities like education and health. Several crises have shaken the country in the last few years like the IDP (Internally Displaced People) crisis of 2009, floods in 2010 and 2011 in Sindh.