Eight-year-old Helal, a resident of Asad Abad Kunar, is physically rehabilitated by the SCA Community Based Rehabilitation program. Now he is able to go to school. Helal who is now learning in second year of school says that he wants to be a teacher in future.
According to relatives of Helal, nearly a year ago, he suddenly became ill and lost the ability to stand up or move. The family lives in poor economic condition, however, they spent a lot of money for medication of their child. Helal’s uncle Ghulam Husain stated that “his brother took him to several doctors in Kunar and Jalalabad. His family had decided to send him to India for treatment.”
He said, “The doctors told us that Helal’s his treatment is not possible in Afghanistan. His father sold his cattle and also borrowed money in order to send his son for treatment abroad” Mr. Husain continued, “Fortunately; we met the Physical Rehabilitation workers of SCA in our village. They reassured us that they will help effectively.”
Husain thanked SCA for their services. Due to the rehabilitation services of the SCA Community Based Rehabilitation workers, Helal’s health is improving, now he can walk and is able to go to school.
He also said, “Helal’s family is facing a lot of financial problems. Currently, his father is not at home. He is working in Kabul to feed the family. If Helal wasn’t provided with the services of SCA, his family couldn’t afford to send him abroad for treatment.”
Community Based Rehabilitation worker of SCA in the capital of Kunar, Fareedullah said, “When we informed the family that Helal can get treatment at home, they became very happy.”
He added, “We made auxiliaries from local materials and provided physical exercises on daily basis for him in order to mobilize Helal’s body as well as provided awareness to the family what types of food should they serve for him.”
Fareedullah said, “We have provided physical rehabilitation services to Helal and also educated most of his friends in the village and at school to understand it is their humanitarian and religious duty to respect, it is his right to be treated the same as others, help and behave him well. We met the local elders, religious clerics and people at schools, mosques and public places to inform them about the rights of persons with disabilities.”