We believe in community-based rehabilitation, a sustainable strategy developed by the World Health Organisation to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and the deinstitutionalised.
I think once you see the need, you just get on and do the work. – Nigel Squibb, President New Life Foundation
But just so we have time to enjoy, learn and be inspired by every action that takes us closer to a more inclusive, understanding, and wholesome world.
6 group homes for 200 young people who had left institutional care
80% of the young people in the Start For Life Project have gained financial autonomy
We collaborate with the authorities on developing protection programmes for the vulnerable
We provide training and support to caregivers working with the disabled
We were teaching them basic things, such as washing, brushing their teeth, simple schooling lessons. But we soon realised that wasn’t really what they needed. The only way to really go forward was to deinstitutionalise.
We were able to employ a lot of young Romanians, to provide education workshops, we did exchange visiting between Scotland and Romania. With all that going on, it felt the most natural thing to stay!
I am not afraid of the world anymore. I like to laugh and joke around, cook and take care of my vegetable and flower garden.