self advocacy for sustainable rehabilitation

13 May

I have been working in the Social and Development sector for the past few years, as part of the government initiatives. All these years I have been involved in implementing the various welfare policies of the government to reach out to the needy. In doing so I realized that these charity based programs have many shortcomings, and what is required is to empower them, create self advocacy and develop sustainable programs, rather than do something or extend charity once and then forget about that issue. My personal experience has been that these meet the  requirements of the needy for the time being and in no way enable to become independent, and rather make them more dependent on the charity.


Recently an NGO has approached me with a novel idea of self-advocacy, among  the Intellectually challenged and wanted us to fund the pilot project. Having been impressed with the idea, our organization has funded the program, and was amazed to see the result, and what it can do in reaching our objective of reaching the Un-reached. This model seemed to be very viable and cost effective and hence sustainable in its continuance. It is very important that we have more such models on these lines. However the government and the politicians who are more interested in popularity rather than addressing the core issues may not see reason in such initiatives and support them.


This is where I draw a semblance between my ideology and the initiatives of  organizations  advocating transformative businesses to solve the problems of poverty. I would love to be part of organizations, which advocate viable models and are seriously interested in addressing the problems of society.



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