According to figures from the WHO, 15% of the world population have a disability. In low- and middle-income countries such as Bangladesh this is 20%, of which 80% live in poverty. A large number of people with disabilities have to deal with exclusion and discrimination. In many cases the disabled are simply invisible because they are tucked away in the house out of shame or for practical reasons.
To get support for a mentally disabled child is in Bangladesh quite difficult. The search often ends at the local quack who promises them to expel evil from the child, often with terrible consequences.
The main causes of disability are found in the lack of good health care, poor nutrition, absence of adequate sanitation and drinking water facilities, child marriage and traffic accidents. Over 30% of girls aged 15 to 19 years, is a mother of one or more children. Six percent of the girls even give birth to a child before they are 15 years old. Young mothers eat less during their pregnancy to prevent a difficult delivery, but still many of their children are born with a severe lack of oxygen, resulting in brain damage.
Niketan invest in a future for children and youth with disabilities. Therefore Niketan follows their health needs and changing demands of the children and adjusts the care system towards their needs. Niketan is committed to remove barriers for people with disabilities and give them equal opportunities in society. To improve the living conditions and future opportunities for young people Niketan focuses on providing qualitative good care, development of vocational training and sheltered housing and workplaces.