With the challenges of COVID-19 affecting the families and communities we serve globally, it is more important than ever to make sure everyone has a safe place to call home. In 2021, we will focus on 3 Global Neighbours projects addressing the needs of the most vulnerable groups in the communities where we work – in Guatemala, Vietnam and Malawi:
Empowering Families with People with Disabilities in Solola (multi-year)
Objectives: To improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, and improve community inclusion in the
In Guatemala, the majority of families of people with disabilities are living in poverty. Disability further aggravates their economic situation and prevents them from breaking the cycle of poverty. Additionally, society has created physical, structural, organizational, and worst of all attitudinal barriers, that continue to oppress and exclude people with disabilities and their families.
In this context, most families that have members living with disabilities, do not have a decent home, lacking basic amenities like water, electricity, bathroom, kitchen, etc.
- 7 new houses, 8 houses improved (annually)
- Care and support for families with disabilities
- Access to health care, nutritional programs, and education integration
- Capacity building activities and training on livelihood, and advocating for empowerment
WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Solutions in Van Lang
Objective: To enhance the quality of life through improved living conditions of vulnerable families, through improved housing, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
Van Lang Commune is home to the H’mong people, one of the poorest of Vietnam’s minority groups. The H’mong people dwell in small, damaged, make-shift thatched houses without proper sanitation, ventilation, and little protection from the extreme cold in the winter. Women are especially prone to indoor pollution due to exposure of smoke from cooking with firewood, without proper ventilation.
- 26 houses built and/or renovated
- 20 low-cost latrines built
- Community interventions and training on WASH, household safety and management, and financial security
- One communal house built and two communal water facilities rehabilitated
Empowering Families with People with Disabilities in Salima (multi-year)
This five-year project which wraps up at the end of 2021, is improving the physical living conditions of families with people with Disabilities (PWDs) in Salima District, in the central region of Malawi.
In the first four years, the project has built 102 homes and brought support and care for people with disabilities.
- Construction of an additional 15 houses complete with Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines and bathrooms
- Inheritance, property rights, and will writing training
- Training in care and support for families with people with disabilities
- Livelihood training for parents/caretakers of people with disabilities