Health Care & Rehabilitation: HAARAN focuses on the rehabilitation of children and youths with disabilities through corrective surgeries, different kinds of therapies and provision of various assistive devices. In addition, HAARAN seeks to promote the health and nutrition status of vulnerable people especially the women and children. Optimal nutrition ensures proper development of a child’s brain and body cells, enabling them to grow into productive adults who can contribute to the development of their society is vital part of their health assurance. The health and general well-being of pregnant women and those in their reproductive years, determines the health of the children they will bear.
Livelihoods & Economic Empowerment: HAARAN believe in a better quality of life that ensures proper livelihoods & economic empowerment that can be developed through entrepreneurship empowerment. Along this we objectively focus on the economic empowerment that is inclusive and address all needs including persons with disabilities so that they can live a quality and dignified life. Our programs are also compounded with the development of disaster risk reduction (DRR) interventions that helps us to increase the resilience to shock through re-building the asset level of drought affected Households, WASH gaps and farming challenges.
SOMALIA PROJECT: PROMOTING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN SOMALIA
USA PROJECT: DISABILITY INCLUSION OF SOMALIS WITH DISABILITY IN ST. PETER & MANKATO, MN
HAARAN is running a disability awareness and campaign project that ensure persons with disabilities from Somali communities are productive members of society. The core goal of HAARAN in this project is to promote more inclusive societies and education opportunities for people with disabilities that requires improved access to basic education, vocational training relevant to labour market needs and jobs suited to their skills, interests and abilities, with adaptations as needed. Many societies are also recognizing the need to dismantle other barriers, making the physical environment more accessible, providing information in a variety of formats, and challenging attitudes and mistaken assumptions about people with disabilities. Horn of African Aid and Rehabilitation Action Network, Advocacy, Linkage and Coordination of Services for People Living with Disabilities among Somali Communities of St. Peter and Mankato, MN in USA is addressing all these based on the Olmstead Plan that is a broad series of key activities of state of Minnesota that ensure people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. The Plan help achieve a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans, because it will help Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity, both now and in the future to:
· Live close to their family and friends
· Live more independently
· Engage in productive employment
· Participate in community life.
· In short, it will offer Minnesotans with disabilities opportunities just like everyone else
KENYA PROJECT: GARISSA COUNTY MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT (MHM) PROJECT
The project is due to start in February 2018 and shall target to share and sensitize the communities on MHM through myriad of interventions that include; (1) Sensitize women, girls and teachers about the benefits of safe, healthy environment and improved menstrual hygiene and sanitation practices, (2) Ensure that toilet facilities in schools, work places, public places and institutions shall be designed and constructed in a way that considers the security, privacy and hygiene needs of women and girls during menses, and (3) Ensure that appropriate mechanisms are put in place for safe reuse, collection and disposal of menstrual waste in an environmentally safe manner.Other Planned projects in Kenya for the year 2018 are:Inclusion of Women with Disability in WASH to be done in Kakamega and HomabayCounties and ChildProtection, Education and AwarenessProject to be done in Sinai and Dandora Nairobi
HAARAN uses bottom-up holistic model of programs through participatory approach, focusing on both individual transformation as well as systematic community transformation. Our participatory development methodologies empower communities to set their own development agenda by setting achievable community action plans and seeing them through the implementation and sustainability phase. Our programs use a three-way relationship model of development that brings together the Corporate world, Government bodies and the Academic world to fast-track creation of innovation. HAARAN envisions an inclusive society where persons with disabilities are respected and empowered to develop their full potential to lead a quality life. HAARAN works in a strategic partnership. Our approach ensures that we provide solutions through;
1) DIRECT ACTION: We do direct intervention in Rehabilitation & Care through our four key thematic areas namely: - Health Care and Rehabilitation: Inclusive Education; Livelihoods & Economic Empowerment and Lobbying & Advocacy
2) CAPACITY BUILDING: Capacity building initiatives undertaken by HAARAN not only targets community skills transfer for operation, management and maintenance, but also overarching issues that affect the PWDs HAARAN understands that the process of inclusion is not just about improving access to services, but also supporting people – including those who are discriminated against and marginalized – to engage in wider processes to ensure that their rights and needs are recognized.
3) POLICY INFLUENCING: Besides enhancing the advocacy capacities of local communities, HAARAN has been active in making meaningful contributions informing policy direction of the disability sector in the region.