Patchwork is set up to provide assistance for people with disabilities, who have been affected by war. It seeks to be a leading development and advocacy organization. It provides emergency assistance and brings issues concerning persons with disabilities to the forefront.
War is a horrific experience in which all survivors are subject to great hardship.
As a result of war, people face:
- Loss of life and property.
- Often subject to forced displacement.
As a community based non government organisation , we aim to work with both local and international NGOs, and government agencies to provide services. These services focus on empowerment, independence and equity for persons with disabilities, affected by war.
The Associations predominant aims are to provide assistance to persons with disabilities who are:
- Directly or indirectly affected by war.
- To access, and fully participate in all aspects of life.
- Enhancing equal access, independence, opportunities and participation within the community.
The Association shall take all measures deemed necessary to achieve its aims, including:
- Advocating on behalf of people with disability.
- Providing post war community based rehabilitation.
- Social, educational, economical, environmental development for people with disabilities, Ensuring they have equality of opportunity within their community.
- Provide support in the development of self help groups and disabled persons organisation.
- Working with local and international NGO’s and government agencies to provide services focusing on empowerment, independence and equity for person with disabilities, affected by war.
- Fostering communication and cooperation with other community organisations with similar aims
- Advocating policy development in areas of disability during war and post-war periods.
- To improve the protection and conditions of persons with disabilities at the national and international level.
- All such things as are lawful and conducive to the attainment of the aims of the Association.
We believe that persons with disabilities, affected by war:
- Are entitled to basic human rights, legal, social and consumer rights.This must be recognised and respected.
- Are entitled to live free from prejudice, discrimination and vilification.
- Are to be empowered to exercise their rights and responsibilities.
- Have the right to define the policies and programs that affect their lives.
- Are entitled to a decent standard of living, an adequate income and to lead active and satisfying lives.
We strive to fulfill the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 1 to:
Here are some facts relating to persons with disabilities:
- 10% of the population, around 650 million people are disabled (WHO).
- 80% of persons with disabilities live in developing countries (UNDP).
- Disabled people account for 15 – 20% of the world poorest of poor (World Bank).
- For every child killed in warfare, three are injured and permanently disabled (UN).
- 98% of children With disabilities in developing countries do not attend school (UNESCO).
- The global literacy rate for adults with disabilities is as low as 3% and 1% for women with disabilities.
- 30% of street youths are disabled (UNICEF).
- Disabled people of working age in developed and developing countries are 3 times more likely to be unemployed and live in real poverty (DPI).
Statistical information from Australian disability development consortium:
- There is no country in the world where disabled people rights are not violated (Disability Awareness and Action).
- No country has all its transport systems accessible.
- The majority of countries have no free medical care or social security system.
- In many countries, disabled people are unable to place their vote.
- Disabled women are more than likely to be unemployed than men (Office for National Statistics).
- Persons with disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence or rape, and less likely to obtain police intervention, legal protection or preventive care.
- Violence against children with disabilities occurs at annual rates at least 1.7 times greater than for their non-disabled peers (UN).
- Women with disabilities are recognized to be multiply disadvantaged, experiencing exclusion on account of their gender and their disability.