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A fair and equal world for all children

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Fair’n Square is a fair and equal world
for all children and all people

 

And it is really happening…

In Mozambique, one of the poorest countries on the planet,
watch how inclusion is made possible

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What we do
A neighbourhood service

 

The Information, Orientation and Social Support Service (SIOAS) reaches out to people with disabilities, mainly through its mobile teams, in 35 of the poorest neighborhoods in Maputo, Matola and Beira and will soon also be present in Tete and Nampula; these are five of the most populous urban centers in Mozambique.
The SIOAS has a special focus on children.

By identifying people with disabilities and working directly with their families and communities, the SIOAS helps to empower them. They assess their situation and identify obstacles and opportunities. The SIOAS helps people with disabilities and their families to identify and implement sustainable solutions that respond to their specific identified needs.

The SIOAS mobile teams are composed of a field worker from the National Institute of Social Action and a member of a civil society organization - in most cases a Disabled People’s Organization.

 

The presence of team members from different backgrounds enables the SIOAS to reach out to people with disabilities, including those who are kept out of sight. Each team is responsible for one neighborhood.

The SIOAS use the mobilization and training of service providers in the fields of health, education and justice to address the needs of people with disabilities. It creates the conditions to enable an appropriate response to the identified needs.

Since policy decision-makers are key to the expansion of the SIOAS and the translation of piloted approaches into policies and programs, they have been involved throughout the project. During the consultative forums, government authorities, civil society and service providers have been working together to agree on concrete measures to enable social inclusion and access to services by people with disabilities.

Barriers
and Solutions

People with disabilities face a wide range of challenges that need to be addressed.

Lack of mobility

Deliver assistive devices (wheelchairs, walkers and crutches) to children with disabilities through support to the National Institute of Social Action and the Ministry of Health.

Discrimination

Public awareness campaigns.
Sharing of information with and training of health, education and social services on the rights of people with disabilities.

Transportation

Access to transport cards. Favour proximity- and community-based services. Funding of associations offering transport for people with disabilities to school, health services, etc.

Access to services

Adapting infrastructures to improve access to and within the buildings. Training of professionals on inclusion to change practices and attitudes. Lobbying on inclusion policies.

Self-esteem

Promoting inclusive sports and cultural activities. Personalized social support to individually assist people with Disabilities in developing their own solutions to their problems.

Background

2009

First pilot implemented with the objective of insuring People with Disabilities access to social and health services in Maputo and Matola. Opening of the first SIOAS in 2011.

2012

The SIOAS becomes a potential model, through which people with disabilities can access social programs. Stronger involvement of the government in the activities and set-up of the second SIOAS

2017

3 SIOAS operational in Maputo, Matola and Beira. The model will also be tested in Tete and Nampula in the coming years, prior to becoming a countrywide official service for all vulnerable people, regardless of their disability condition.

Our Philosophy

Inclusion

We promote maximum participation of all citizens, and in particular groups confronted with discrimination and exclusion. It is about involving everyone at every step and encouraging others to do so.


Social protection

It is a long-term vision for a sustainable society where the most vulnerable people have access to social safety nets: cash or kind, enabling people to meet their basic needs.


Personalized social support

Personalized: takes into account the uniqueness of individuals: disabilities, means, family support, children.
Social support is working with the person so that she or he can determine what problems need to be addressed, and which solutions fit best.

In numbers

 

Over the past seven years, the SIOAS have identified, oriented and supported many vulnerable people, and more specifically people with disabilities. While on the other hand, training service providers and decision-makers in inclusion of the left-behind and accessibility.

people with disabilities

8702

people identified

250

Mobility aids for children with disabilities

services turned

58

services turned accessible

Stake holders

879

beneficiaries of civil society initiatives

Since the project started, activists from the SIOAS have identified 8702 vulnerable people, of whom 2124 are children with disabilities, 43% are girls, and have referred them to appropriate services. 10434 family members have been sensitized and involved in the response.

250 children with disabilities are being provided with
assistive devices, including wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.

Prior to the distribution, a comprehensive assessment is conducted, including the diagnosis, adaptation and rehabilitation process. Assistive devices (such as wheelchairs) must be adjusted to each child’s physical condition. Up to three appointments are needed before the child and family receive the tailored aid, completed with guidance as how to use and maintain
the new equipment.

With the support of an architect, 58 physical infrastructures accommodating public services have been adjusted to improve both access and ease of movement once inside (for example through the addition of ramps, adjustment of doors). Furthermore, 35 staff from health, education and other services have been trained in subjects related to disability, such as sign language.

8 Civil Society Organizations have been funded to: train service providers in sign language; provide accessible transport between home and school to children with disabilities; promote community and home-based rehabilitation; implement inclusive cultural and recreational activities; support teachers in promoting inclusive education to children with disabilities, and raise the awareness of communities and parents about children with disabilities’ rights to education. Those initiatives have reached over 1965 people, including 533 children.

Read the stories

 

"Filo doesn’t like ciao

Read her story

“I want to learn how to write with a pen”

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"We need to be visible"

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"I can go to the market by myself"

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"I will be a lawyer to defend people in need"

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"I will know what to say to children"

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