How does Inspire2Care work in a village?
Step 1. Selection process
- Only villages that show their interest in writing are eligible to participate in Inspire2Care. Karuna Nepal assesses readiness and responsible leadership of community leaders to support the poorest people in their community. Responsibility = the ability to respond;
- Leaders and community must demonstrate that they have and will appoint the necessary resources to Inspire2Care;
- Besides, it has to be evident that a potentially qualified and committed team is available that can start right away: a newly appointed Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Facilitator, a present health worker and a present local leader.
Step 2. The community and Karuna establish the foundations for Inspire2Care
- The community mobilises local financial resources before the start;
- Together, an equal partnership agreement is signed, based on a clear plan and budget based on the needs in a village (sanitation, healthcare, birth centre, etc);
- Karuna trains the Mayor, the local committee, health workers and other leaders in leadership, disability awareness and inclusion;
- The community ensures that people with a disability are represented in key positions;
- The community selects and pays the CBR Facilitator. Karuna provides this person with intensive training.
Step 3. Implementation by the community, coaching by Karuna
Quality of life of children
- Each child with a disability in the community is selected;
- The CBR Facilitator, together with the family, makes an individual development and rehabilitation plan for each child with a disability, including health care, education, participation and family income. Adults with a disability also receive a personal plan, focused on their most urgent needs;
- The plan is executed by means of assistive devices, collaborations with hospitals, including education, access to vocational training and microcredits;
- Training is provided to parents of children with a disability;
- The community takes action to become inclusive, in terms of improved access to public services as well as awareness about and positive attitudes towards people with a disability.
- Mother and child care is improved by training health workers: all pregnant women are registered though an M-Health system that guarantees that they attend a minimum of 4 prenatal check-ups and are guided professionally with delivery;
- Awareness is raised on how mother- and child mortality and birth defects can be prevented: healthy drinking water, hygiene, timely check-ups, healthy nutrition, safe deliveries in a clinic.
Step 4. Exit and continuation
After 2½ years, Karuna Nepal withdraws and the community continues the Inspire2Care activities with 100% own resources. They can make use of the Resource and Education Centre of Karuna Nepal for knowledge and advice.