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The Negative Impact of Disability on People’s Lives

A disability is defined as any condition of the mind or body that hampers the ability of a person to perform certain activities and interact with those around him. The latest research reveals that approximately 15% of the global population suffers from some form of disability.

Moreover, this disability prevalence is higher in the developing world due to a severe lack of healthcare resources and infrastructure. Persons with disabilities are more susceptible to adverse socioeconomic indicators, such as lower levels of education, poor health, and higher poverty. They also experience disenfranchisement from their surroundings.

People with disabilities do not have an easy life. Even performing daily chores, such as cooking or cleaning, could be a Herculean task for them. Although disability affects everyone in a different capacity, it manifests some common effects.

Some of those problems are:

  • Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety
  • A feeling of loss of control over life
  • Learning difficulties
  • Loss of self-esteem

Living with a Disability in Guatemala

Being a developing country, Guatemala is also disproportionality affected by the prevalence of disability. A survey suggests that around 10% of the population in the country has a disability. Furthermore, 31% of the households have at least one member suffering from a disability.

The Guatemalan public healthcare system cannot cater to the welfare of its disabled population. It is also important to note that persons with disabilities in rural areas are far more severely impacted than in urban centers. For instance, 61% of rural children with disabilities are less likely to be attending schools than 81% of their fellows without disabilities.

Disability and Poverty: The Twin Woes

In Guatemala, the disabled population also falls pretty to another vicious problem, i.e., extreme poverty. This is because people with disabilities often face barriers in attaining an education. With a poor education record, they are less likely to find a job that meets their monthly expenses. As a result, most of the persons with a disability in Guatemala remain unemployed.

How DOW is Catering to the Disabled in Guatemala

DOW is a non-profit organization serving disadvantaged communities worldwide. This August, we will be visiting Guatemala to address the several challenges faced by its disabled population. We will conduct participant observations, interviews, and surveys of people with disabilities and their primary caregivers. Moreover, we will connect with government and non-governmental organizations responsible for the care of the disabled. After conducting thorough research, we will chart a suitable plan to provide support to our targeted population.

We will encourage you to participate in this noble cause. Your generous donations can bring meaningful change in the life of a fellow human from a disadvantaged socioeconomic group.

For further information about our project, please feel free to contact us.

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