From humble beginnings when they were perceived to be a nominal tool for satisfying the basic human conscience of helping society’s less fortunate, charitable organizations have, over the years, evolved to be significant partners to Government and the caring corporate world in realizing overall development of the nation’s less privileged. The role of Charities have become all the more critical with the global economic challenges, where those who previously would be willing Donors have become more concerned with their own survival. As the global economy continues to face daunting economic challenges, those dependent on handouts bear the brunt of the privations. In light of these developments, it has become imperative that charities transform themselves from “receivers” to “fishers” in order to continue their important roles of transforming human lives.
Whilst a lot have been said and to some extent legislation passed and promulgated for employers to employ the disabled, in a world of “survival of the fittest” the mentally and physically challenged have been largely neglected. The question that deluges the mind would then be “would it not be better, then, to provide them the means of production as opposed to the failed model of spoon-feeding?”
The business models of the more progressive charities have therefore evolved to self-help modes. This not only alleviates the burden of the funders, but avails the dignity of being able to work to the beneficiaries. There are also positive health implications associated with this paradigm as instead of the disabled being perpetually confined to a state of self-pity and despair; activity provides a remedy to their unfortunate states. Furthermore, by sponsoring self-help viable operations, the donors reach out to more beneficiaries over a longer period of time.
Toekomsrus Workshop for Disabled Persons (“The Workshop”) is modeled along the lines of self-sustenance by establishing a work-place that allows the beneficiaries to realize their potential and generate income for their sustenance. The benefit from this operation extends beyond the disabled beneficiaries to their families thus giving the disabled a reason to live and erase the “disadvantage”. It presents an opportunity for the privileged of society to lend a helping hand to the less privileged not to walk the whole mile but to
be on their feet so they can walk on their own and extend a helping hand to others as well.