More children living happier, healthier lives – free from the cycle of poverty and disability
What does it take for children with impairments in the poorest countries and communities of our world to live healthier, happier, longer lives?
It requires valuing and nurturing the whole child – body, mind and spirit. Health starts with essential services, and happy lives are lived in the context of healthy relationships in the home, in school and in communities.
Our programs are child and ability centred, driving healthy bodies, learning minds, and resilient spirits through the following sectors:
Quality, timely treatment for preventable, curable impairments; comprehensive rehabilitation plans that celebrate each child’s unique abilities; and families committed to fulfilling these treatment and rehabilitation plans.
Parents and teachers educated and empowered to advocate for and support the special needs of children with impairments, allowing these kids to learn and play with their peers in class and at home.
Changing negative attitudes towards disability – in the community, church, school – all around the children we serve.
Healing hearts and bodies, as children with disabilities overcome stigma and claim their intrinsic value as beautiful children of God.
Where We Work
Our belief that all children are made in the image of God calls us to go beyond rights and services to relationship – respecting the intrinsic value in our clients and their caregivers, unleashing the beauty and ability in each child and connecting them to their higher purpose.
We design programs to meet the needs of girls and boys with impairments in the poorest countries and communities. Our programs are planned in collaboration with these children and their caregivers. And our programs are evaluated and improved with client feedback.
Healthy, happy lives are lived in the context of loving relationships, especially in the home. When children are given a good start in life, as loved and valued children… when they have a champion in the home who believes in their abilities and their intrinsic value… kids have a much better chance to succeed in school, in work, in life.
When everyone is included, communities are stronger. Our community-based strategy encourages inclusive, resilient, equitable communities where children with disabilities and their families have access to quality services (health, education, social, livelihood) and are empowered to self-advocate. It’s a ‘child-centred’ approach at the community level.
Hope and Healing chooses to work through local hospitals, schools, and community programs. This collaboration makes our work better – bringing with it local expertise, cultural appropriateness and sustainability.
Making impact accountable is hard, especially when clients are young and when our aim is healthy, happy, confident kids. We are committed to capturing client feedback, as well as indicators around health, happiness and resilience. Our accountability is to our young, vulnerable clients, their families and to you, our funding partners.
We work within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).