A terrible car accident changed my life. My new disabilities made me think: “For what sins is God punishing me?”
Then I realized that I can help those like me – people who society considers useless.
A few of us established Zhany-Turmush Umut (New life – Hope), a public association that assists people with disabilities. It was the first organization in the city to think about our rights and opportunities. So far it represents 66 people. I am its chairperson.
Russian Government assistance
Our objective is to find a job and minimum wages for people with disabilities. After the events of 2010, we discovered that we can get support from the Russian Government through UNDP in Kyrgyzstan. We did not believe that such assistance would come: Even in peacetime people pay a little attention to us.
UNDP suggested that we develop a project proposal with a commercial organization that would support people with disabilities. An agro-business, the Competitiveness Centre of Osh Province, answered our call.
We prepared two joint proposals to open production lines where our members could work.
As a result, we received $20,000 for two lines to make mayonnaise, ketchup and process milk. We provided 10 new jobs for people with disabilities.
“We do not lose hope”
We also needed to think about transportation – how will people with disabilities get to work? We decided to provide transport. Now people with disabilities work four hours a day. The job they do does not require lifting. They pack products, put on labels.
We do not lose hope. We move ahead. We are building a rehabilitation centre where people with disabilities can learn computer skills, engage in physical exercise and get psychological support.
Perhaps this is just the first step to support those who have lost faith in life.
Mr. Murodyl’s story was collected and shared by Aigul Bolotova, UNDP in Kyrgyzstan.