Hope Disability Centre, an undertaking of She Hope Society for Women Entrepreneurs, is an NGO in Jammu and Kashmir since 2001 working for rehabilitation of physically challenged people and women empowerment.
In the last 16 years, Hope, when started from one-room unit at Wayil in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district providing physical rehabilitation and special education to mere 5 children with physical disabilities, has now expanded across Jammu and Kashmir for carrying out social work.
Today, Hope is a fully grown rehabilitation centre, providing prosthesis and orthosis support to persons whose limbs have got amputated because of accidents, armed conflict or congenial diseases. Hope also provides physiotherapy, occupational, hearing and speech therapy, mobility aids, corrective surgeries, equipment and aids to persons with hearing impairment and activities in daily life (ADL). Hope conducts Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in its outreach programmes.
Through rehabilitation and facilitating livelihood and awareness about welfare schemes to them, these physically challenged persons now live an independent and dignified life.
Livelihood programmes, especially for women and their empowerment, are conducted through awareness, education, counseling, skill training for employment, creation of self-help groups, and micro-loan scheme facilitation. Besides, Hope carries out programmes and workshops on health awareness, advocacy, access to human rights, child development and disaster risk and reduction management.
Since the journey of social work began in 2001, Hope has provided physical rehabilitation services to 14131 persons with disabilities (and 70655 indirect beneficiaries) across the state, with its trained and capable staff.
3216 persons have been given assistive devices such as wheelchair, tricycle, crutches, toilet chair, hearing aids etc., to increase their mobility and community participation.
Prosthesis and Orthosis to 6554 persons, surgical care to 236 persons and 4055 have been trained on basic home based rehabilitation care, proper use and maintenance of aids and appliance. In addition, 265 persons have been given home adaptation service.
With the help of our esteemed donors including MEND, ALTSO, ABILIS, State Bank of India, partner Handicap International supported by European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO) and philanthropic organizations, HDC not only extended its services to people with disabilities but also created its own infrastructure.