International Children’s day- a day to reimagine a better future for every child!
Lao PDR celebrates International Children’s Day on the 1st of June each year by recognizing the need to protect children’s rights in order to ensure they grow into happy, healthy adults. But, did you know, around the world there are approximately 93 million children with disabilities and are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups. In their daily life many barriers exist including experiencing negative attitudes and discrimination, being less likely to attend school, access general healthcare, rehabilitation and assistive products, or have their voices heard in society.
In Lao PDR, the USAID Okard project has a vision to build communities where children with disabilities can grow up healthy, access rehabilitation and assistive products to optimize function, go to school to learn, play and socialize with other children, and reach their full potential. The Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Demonstration Model implements activities that remove barriers in society and supports children with disabilities and their families to increase their participation in their communities.
USAID Okard, funded by USAID and implemented by World Education, Inc., in partnership with Humanity and Inclusion improves access to quality rehabilitation and economic opportunities for persons with disabilities, and supports design and implementation of disabilities inclusive policy.