HOPE DISABILITY CENTRE (HDC)-an undertaking of SHE HOPE SOCIETY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS duly registered under the Societies Act VI of 1998 (1941 A.D) is a non-profit, non-political, non-government non-religious organization working in the remote, border and disaster prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir on Physical Rehabilitation, Livelihood, Inclusive Education, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Public Health, Skill Development for Vulnerable population including people with disabilities since 2001 through Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Institutional Based Rehabilitation (IBR) programs/approach in close coordination with the State Administration.
Though working with disabled and with disability is unbridled joy for all of us at HDC, however, the trials and tribulations of operating in a conflict zone is a huge test as resources available are few and far between. With uncertainty of the situation a permanent phenomenon in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, we have delivered to the best of our ability and in a most honest manner. Our commitment to this cause is vouched by the figures that we have accomplished ever since we set the ball rolling.
Putting in simplest terms the stereotype and stigma attached with this affliction can be soul breaking for those who suffer from it. And, any help to integrate this sidelined lot in to society is akin to assuring them that they are one of us. It is with this spirit that we jumped into the dominion of social work.
We have until now come to the aid of thousands of people with disability, whether they have loco-motor issues, speech and hearing difficulties, disease like cerebral palsy, congenital disabilities or even landmine injuries. We have offered rehabilitation services to more than 17,000 persons with disabilities indirect beneficiaries (85,000) across the state through our thoroughly trained staff.
More than 5,000 persons have been given assistive devices such as wheelchair, tricycle, crutches, toilet chair, hearing aids etc., to increase their mobility and community participation.
Prosthesis and orthosis have been provided to 2,000 persons, surgical care to 400 persons and 8000 have been trained on basic home based rehabilitation care, proper use and maintenance of aids and appliance. In addition, 200 persons have been given home adaptation service.
However, mere passion could not have taken us anywhere. Our donors have been our lifeline; without their support we could not have budged an inch. Their generous help did not only allow us to come to the aid of these people but also enabled us to create our own infrastructure.
Through rehabilitation and facilitating livelihood and awareness about welfare schemes to them, these physically challenged persons now live an independent and dignified life.
Livelihood programmes, especially for women and their empowerment, are conducted through awareness, education, counseling, skill training for employment, creation of self-help groups, and micro-loan scheme facilitation. Besides, Hope carries out programmes and workshops on health awareness, advocacy, and access to human rights, child development and disaster risk and reduction management.