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Disability Access

Disability Access

$30


Description

Contribute to projects that encourage people living with disabilities to feel valued and included and able to play a more active part in community life. Our partners work alongside communities to promote inclusion in many ways, creating space for people with disabilities to participate in their community and have their voices heard.

How your gift helps

14-year-old Manisha has a physical disability that means she is unable to walk, dependent on her family to care for her and carry her around. But this bright young woman is using her God-given potential to pioneer change, not just for people living with disabilities, but also for her wider community in northern India.

Manisha's mother is a member of the Laxmi Self-Help Group (SHG), a women's group supported by TEAR's Christian partner Mussoori Gramin Vikas Samit (MGVS). This group is like many others supported by TEAR's partners around the world: women from the local community gather together regularly to encourage each other, save money and learn new skills, identifying and acting on their own and their community's needs. However, with all of the group members being illiterate, they were reliant on men to do their banking and reporting on their behalf.

That is, until Manisha took on the role of the group's secretary. Previously, Manisha had sat on the sidelines of the group, waiting while her mother participated in meetings. It was clear that banking was a big hurdle for the group, limiting how effective the members could be with their saving and loan management. When a visitor to the group asked if Manisha could read and write, she confidently affirmed she could, and soon enough she was adopted in as the group's secretary. Through her involvement in the group, both Manisha and the women are enjoying new levels of independence and empowerment, releasing them to move forward in their initiatives for the village.

For Manisha, being part of the SHG and using her gifts to serve the women has been a great encouragement. She has grown in her confidence and self-respect and is actively looking for ways to advocate on behalf of other people living with disabilities in her community. Manisha and the Laxmi SHG are powerful examples to the community around them about inclusion and empowerment for people living with disabilities, celebrating the unique potential of all people.

About our partner

Mussoori Gramin Vikas Samit (MGVS) is a Christian organisation working with marginalised people in Naugun Valley, Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, northern India. The project aims to promote changes in thinking, behaviours and relationships among individuals and groups, including people with disabilities, to facilitate long-term changes in community health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, advocacy for rights and access to Government benefits and services.

What you receive
  • Choose from a Printed Card, Download & Print (PDF), E-card, or No Card.
  • Links to Download & Print (PDF) and E-cards are emailed to you after checkout.
  • The amount you have donated will not be on the card.
  • Printed cards:
    • A blank envelope for your card.
    • Free standard postage within Australia (5-7 working days) or $6 for Express Post (2-3 working days). Express Post cards will normally be sent the same day if the order is made before 1:30pm AEST. Please note: Express Post only operates in these areas within Australia.
    • Note: We cannot ship printed cards outside Australia (but you can still order the digital cards).
    • Note: We do NOT write on your cards — they are delivered to you to personalise.
  • A tax-deductible receipt.