Jyry Virtanen via web
1) Girls and boys, especially people with disabilities, have increased knowledge of child protection, an understanding of gender dynamics and VAC and a better ability to protect themselves
1848 girls and 2365 boys with disabilities benefitted from activities in the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) spaces, which built their capacity on their rights and in their participation in society. 70 adolescents with disabilities benefitted from Income Generating activities and/or vocational training. 5 new CBR spaces have been constructed and equipped.
Children with communication difficulties and their parents were trained in sign language and braille, which results in their ability to know and claim their rights. Children with physical impairment received rehabilitation services.
2) Communities have increased understanding and awareness of violence against children and the right of children to protection
3) Community level actors have an increased capacity to act against violence against children, with a focus on gender and children with disabilities.
4) Child protection services are available and accessible. The quality of the services provided has increased.
5) The legal and policy framework for child protection is improved over time and implemented.
Due to advocacy activities in the project, the law on social protection of people with disability has been reviewed to be in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a ministerial order for the establishment of a monitoring committee for the inclusion of people with disabilities. The National Youth Policy of the Ministry of Development has been revised and takes issues concerning young people with disabilities into account.
All together all efforts have led to a change in attitudes and behavior towards people with disabilities. There is a growing public awareness on disability and the urgent need to protect the rights of children with disabilities, as the Chief of Kpekpleme stated: “the disabled child is no longer hidden".
The year started with a meningitis outbreak in the project area, which delayed project implementation and an emergency response to the outbreak. During the period July to December 2016 the rain season was extreme which made the roads inaccessible and weakened community mobilization and adaptation of the planning of project activities.
Internally the continued modifying of the new global financial system SAP, caused delays in payments.
The challenge remains the dissemination of the rights of children with disabilities to the entire country. The government depends on NGO’s while ultimately it is a national responsibility. Continued capacity-building and lobby is required on national, district and community level.