KULOB, December 6, 2011, Asia-Plus  -- International aid organization, Handicap International, has begun survey of work with children with disabilities in the Vose district, Khatlon province.

Shohinbek Shokirov, coordinator of the program of work with parents, Handicap International office in Kulob, says the survey is conducted for the purpose of involving one of the most problematic jamoats in Vose in the project, which is implemented in Kulob under financial support of the European Union.

According to him, Handicap International will be a centerpiece of the whole work with children with disabilities in the area.  “Thus, Mission East has already handed over its mobile social groups, which have been implementing a new EU-funded program in four jamoats of the Kulob district, to Handicap International,” Shokirov said.

This program is dedicated to minimize costs of the specialized centers for rehabilitation o children with disabilities and increase efficiency of work with children.

Handicap International is an independent international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.  Established in 1982, the organization is based in Belgium and France.  It has since opened branches in six other countries: Switzerland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the United States.  Handicap International aims to help persons with disability.

Working alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we take action and raise awareness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.  Since its beginnings in 1982, Handicap International has gone on to work in over 60 countries worldwide.

Handicap International was the winner of the 2011 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, a $1.5 million dollar prize, for its commitment to disabled people living in situations of poverty, exclusion, conflict or natural disasters.

In order to help promote the most basic rights of people with disabilities and, as a result, reduce their marginalization and deprivation, Handicap International formed a partnership with a Danish NGO, Mission East, and the Tajik Zarshedabonou association in January 2010.