Victim Assistance and Disability Support are an integral part of Project RENEW’s humanitarian work in Quang Tri Province. The goal is to assist victims of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Agent Orange (AO) and other disabled families to restore their lives and livelihoods through provision of needed support to maximize their potential for development and integration into society.
Project RENEW’s victim assistance and disability support efforts have helped 700 families affected by UXO accidents improve their living conditions through capacity development such as livestock raising, mushroom farming and production of incense sticks. More than 1,900 amputees have been provided with artificial limbs and new assistive devices for restoring mobility. Between 2008 and 2012, with support from the Tromsoe Mine Victim Resource Center in Norway, 2,300 local health workers had been trained in life-saving skills and treatment of injuries. Recently, 30 families with severe disabilities assumed to be caused AO have received support to renovate their homes, improve sanitation and raise breeding cows for income.
Currently, Project RENEW is receiving funding from Irish Aid, Veterans For Peace, Friends of Project RENEW and other foundations and private donors. In the period of 2018 to 2022, our efforts will focus on the following key activities:
- Build capacity for the provincial Disabled Persons Organization (DPO) to better represent the rights and benefits of disabled persons.
- Encourage ERW victims and disabled persons participate in public information and dissemination campaigns in order to improve their awareness and understanding of their rights.
- Continue the Prosthetics and Orthotics outreach program to provide artificial limbs and other assistive devices to disabled persons in need of physical rehabilitation.
- Replicate successful vocational training models in order to provide disabled persons income generation opportunities.
- Seek USAID and other funding to bring support and interventions into the homes of severely disabled persons suffering from problems related to AO, to make their lives more bearable.
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