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 who have the sustainable income to keep all their children healthy and in school; home-based livelihood support allowing caregivers the flexibility to care for their child’s special needs; community peer support for moms and children caught in the cycle of poverty and disability.
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.
Neighbours and friends in the community who understand the causes of impairment, the potential of children with different abilities and the rights these kids have to medical services, education, play, choice, expression, relationships and, in the future, employment.
Girls and boys with impairments who celebrate their own abilities and claim their intrinsic value; who have a plan for achieving their potential; and who have at least one champion in their home, community, school or place of worship.
Our Theory of Change
How we work is as important as what we do.
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.
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 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).