“Now carers see taking care of themselves as an essential part of taking care of the person cared for.”
Your donation will help fund our work in India, to ensure that all unpaid family carers are provided with the basic emotional and financial support they deserve. Thank you.
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Our Work in India
Carers Worldwide started working in India in 2012 in just three states, and our work now involves 12 partners across five states in India, as well as three more partners in Nepal and Bangladesh.
In Karnakata State, intensive advocacy efforts to raise awareness of unpaid carers’ eligibility to receive an allowance under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, resulted in over 1,500 carers securing the allowance for the very first time.
We have set up 8 Carers Associations across India, bringing together representatives from Carers Groups across the five states, to advocate for the rights of unpaid family carers.
To give an idea of the impact our work has, at the end of a three-year project funded by the Commonwealth Foundation and supporting “the recognition and inclusion of carers of the disabled and mentally ill in India”, a final evaluation found that unpaid carers experiencing anxiety or depression had dropped from 61% at the start of the project to 9% and that the intervention had significantly relieved their health worries from 55% at the start to 16% by the end.
Maheswari cares for her husband Yogesh who sustained a spinal cord injury which left him paralysed. On top of the shock of Yogesh’s injury, the family were also devastated financially with the loss of his earnings combined with mounting hospital fees. Maheswari struggled to care for Yogesh as well as find ways to earn money.
When staff from our partner organisation Margadarshi heard about Yogesh, they stepped in to provide counselling, physiotherapy and practical assistance including a wheelchair and an accessible toilet.
Maheswari was introduced to her local carers support group where she was able to connect with and get support from other carers in similar situations. She was also able to access counselling for herself.
Before his accident, Yogesh worked as a chef. Unable to go back to work, we provided a grant to enable the couple to set up a small business cooking and selling snacks from their home. Their tasty treats became sought after in their village and brought them a steady income before COVID-19 struck and they were faced with the prospect of no income again. But this time Margadarshi were able to step in straight away, providing them with food parcels and a medical kit. Life right now is challenging, but Maheswari is confident that their small business will bounce back soon and their future will once again look bright.
Vijay lives in Hutpa village, in the state of Jharkhand in Northeast India, with his wife and four children. He is a carer for his 18-year-old daughter who has intellectual and physical disabilities. The team at our local charity partner Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK), connected to him when they were conducting a survey of the unpaid carers of those they work with.
When NBJK first spoke to Vijay, he was having to stay at home to take care of the four children. He was unable to work because of this and so had no source of income – he and his family were struggling financially. NBJK suggested that he should join the Gulab Carers Group in Hutpa village. The other members of the group were able to offer Vijay moral support as they had all experienced similar situations themselves. Vijay received a loan from the Carers Group to start a goat farming business. He did well and after returning the first loan he took another to purchase a cow. Step by step, with the moral and financial support he received from our Carers Group, his financial condition improved.
As well as the goats and the cow, he also started growing vegetables to sell. He saved enough to be able to buy a second-hand auto-rickshaw and he then went on to buy a second-hand tractor. He is now financially stable due to the various income streams he has created and is able to take care of his disabled daughter and the rest of his family.
He plans to buy a school bus to continue to increase his family’s income and standard of living. We are so inspired by Vijay’s story and his ambition to use the support we were able to provide through our Carers Group and our Livelihood and Training programme, to really make a difference to his life and that of his family. And we’re not the only ones to have been inspired. Vijay’s success has shown other carers what’s possible and there has been an uptake in people taking part in our Livelihood and Training programme in the area, due to his influence.