Our goal is to ensure that people with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities in all areas of development. In this respect, we strive to organize groups with a view to overcoming barriers such as social exclusion, economic and physical dependency.
It is estimated that around 2% of India's population has some form of disability. There is lack of affordable rehabilitation and medical services, which are mainly available in towns and not in rural areas. Despite government efforts, education is low and their economic independency is limited. This situation stems from the fact that people with disabilities are still not fully recognized within the family or society. Family members feel ashamed, and PWD are kept shut away inside the home, limiting their social participation. The situation for women is even worse as they are more vulnerable to violence, harassment, and other forms of discrimination.
What we do:
- Promote people with disabilities organization and empowerment through groups or associations at all levels: village, area, and district.
- Raise awareness among people with disabilities, their family members, communities, and society about integrating people with disabilities in every aspect of life.
- Promote children's education and rehabilitation adapted to each kind of disability in RDT/FVF centers or government schools.
- Improve people with disabilities mobility and health through affordable aids and appliances, as well as the required surgeries and rehabilitation.
- Promote income generation projects.
Indian society is organized around a rigid caste system. Each caste occupies a certain place in the social structure, and a person's status is determined by the caste to which they belong. It is a hierarchical system that has persisted for centuries. Though caste-based discrimination has been prohibited under the Indian Constitution since 1950, change is slow to come. Our aim is helping those groups:
Dalits are considered a caste-less people. Historically, they have been condemned to society's most menial and humiliating jobs. In rural India, Dalits are a marginalized community: their low-paid and sporadic employment as day laborers makes decent living conditions impossible.
Tribal groups, though not as socially backward as Dalits, are equally poor and backward. As a result, RDT-Vicente Ferrer has been working with them since the very beginning.
Backward Castes are an extremely humble community subject to poverty and exclusion.
The organization is in the initial stage of its work with the Chenchu Tribes, who inhabit the central forests of Andhra Pradesh. The men collect honey; the women rubber, honey, fruit, and roots. Until now, the forests have always provided food and subsistence. Nonetheless, the situation has changed in recent years due to shrinking tree cover and the depletion of wild products. At present, this community has the highest poverty rates in the entire state of Andhra Pradesh.