Empower differently abled women to live independently
Rathnamma, a resident of Sindagi Taluk in Bijapur District, became orthopedically impaired a year after she was born as she didn't receive the polio vaccination. Due to her disability and lack of facilities in the village, Rathnamma couldn't attend school, even though she wished to study. Rathnamma, with a passion to learn something new and become independent, learnt stitching and started to earn a little income. This is when she came across a nonprofit volunteer who helped her move to Bangalore and find a job at "Ability in Disability" (AID) an ancillary unit of BOSCH, Singasandra.They contacted Mitra Jyothi to help Rathnamma find accommodation. Rathnamma joined CEWD in April 2017 and continues to work in AID. She is one of the happiest women residing in the Hostel. She finds satisfaction in her achievements and lives happily.
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The discrimination that women with disabilities face in the rural and remote areas triggered the inception of The Centre for Empowerment of Women with Disability (CEWD) by Mitra Jyothi. The social evils prevalent in rural areas with the lack of education and high level of exploitation, makes the lives of women in general and especially women with disabilities extremely difficult.
Families constantly compare girls with disabilities and discriminate them from their siblings. They also discourage the girl child from going out and pursuing education due to various reasons. Apart from ignorance, genuine reasons for concern are the security hazards faced by girls in general and those with any kind of disability in particular.
CEWD serves as a home away from home for these girls. The expected outcome of this facility is to provide shelter for and support 50 women with disabilities who are keen to pursue higher education or are working and in need of accommodation. The Centre also organises activities on need basis to ensure the upliftment of women with disabilities.