The National Council of and for People
with Disabilities

Rural development

dennis and chrisjan planting(1)

Why areas and/or projects are visited:
We go to certain areas to ascertain if the information we have on-hand is correct and/or to be up-to-date with the current situation in those areas. The same goes for projects but with projects we also need to see how sustainable these projects are and if they need assistance to either stay the course or change the project toward better outcomes for the participants and beneficiaries of these projects. Many times the people involved in a specific area need to have some outside input to assist with a clearer view towards better initiatives for more effective results.

What we do when we are there:
Once we are there, the current situations and projects are assessed. The projects and processes as well as the people involved are documented to see what is their current practise and how or where we can assist to better these if any. New initiatives are identified to see where new or existing project can help to use resources more optimally. Also to identify possible additional stakeholders and benefactors to the projects and areas so as to engage the surrounding community as well.

What do we come back with:
We come back with a better understanding of what is needed and what must be done more to assist. In some cases it gives us a better platform as to the way forward. i.e. sending more specialised resources to assist, like Occupational Therapists, product developers etc. With that we can optimally use the limited funding that we do have and try to secure more funding through business plans and funding proposals. I many cases the people, specifically in the rural areas lack the skill sets to do these plans and proposals but are hard at work on the ground on a daily basis so they just need the correct guidance and help to implement good ideas.

In conclusion we cannot assist if we don’t know and understand the area, the people, the projects, the restraints and difficulties that they face on a daily basis. Without this knowledge and trying to just throw unmanaged funding at the problem only leads to a bigger problem eventually. That is why the NCPD follows these practices so that we can add the most amount of value to Persons with Disabilities no matter where they are.