People with disabilities live in critical conditions in refugee and IDP settings, suffering from marginalisation, being at high risk of being abused and neglected and being denied the rights enshrine in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Commonly, faith based organisations (FBO) such as churches or mosques are already in refugee camps working with the community.
Through the project, a Resource Pack will be developed and tested to enable faith leaders to identify, profile, protect and advocate with and for people with disabilities. Faith leaders are already closely involved with these communities, but have not been sensitised to these issues as there are no practically-focussed materials available for them. The resource pack will be short and accessible to encourage use by non –professionals. The components will be refined during the project through interaction with people with disabilities, their carers and faith leaders in refugee and IDP camps in Burundi and Zambia, as well as engaging with UNHCR, social protection implementing partners, disability experts and faith leaders from a broader context.
Using faith leaders and community carers to engage with refugee communities to increase understanding of and respect for people with disabilities, their capacities and their needs.
Developing and testing the resource pack for faith leaders and community carers, with refugee and IDP communities in Burundi and Zambia and other agencies working closely with people with disabilities, refugees and faith communities, over the six months of the project.
‘A better life together’ includes background information on the various disabilities people have and how those disabilities affect people’s daily lives.View
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