Using a community empowerment approach, this project is addressing the social and economic challenges being faced by carers, the majority of whom are women.
Research by CDD estimated that 67% of households in the project area containing a carer and person with disability were living in extreme poverty on less than $1 per day. These carers were excluded from mainstream poverty alleviation programmes due to caring responsibilities and stigma which meant there was a critical need for this project.
Working with 500 carers, the project is facilitating the following:
- Carers participating in local support groups
- Carers having access to improved medical services and counselling
- Carers reporting an improvement in their wellbeing
- Carers engaging in new livelihoods and lifting their families out of poverty
- Carers having the information and support that they need to access government and private livelihood opportunities