We're designing the world's most comprehensive support program to
Invest in mothers of children with disabilities in poverty, so they can achieve wellbeing for their families
“My boy is autistic and when I found out, I was so depressed. Being a part of this project helped to improve my skills and gave me confidence to move on.”
—a graduate mother
Priyam Global is an evolving project and replicable program model that is designed to meet the immediate needs of mothers*of children with disabilities in poverty, and work together with them to develop their capacity for resilience and long-term family wellbeing.
We currently work in India.
Our program is a “gently intensive” program that runs for one year. Typically it is based on our working closely with a community service provider such as a special education school or rehabilitation center. Mothers commit to learning about child health and rehabilitation, parenting, personal and family health, and practicing what they learn. They commit to being open to giving and receiving support, and focusing on developing a marketable skill to support a small enterprise (group or individual) after they graduate.
essential program components
- Income-generating skills development (sustainable livelihoods through context-appropriate small enterprises)
- Financial stewardship skills development (counseling, goal setting, group sessions, monthly stipend)
- Psychological health and wellbeing (linking with other mothers, group and individual counseling, recreation and respite care)
- Physical health and wellbeing (home health assessments, classes in nutrition and hygiene, maternal health check ups)
- Inclusion and advocacy (community events, advocacy and capacity building for doctors and service providers)
It is our ambitious goal to become the world leading expert on developing comprehensive programs for mothers of children with disabilities in poverty that successfully bring women together to access essential care for themselves and their children, create safe spaces in which to express themselves and receive support, and develop their own approaches to earning sustainable livelihoods for their families.
*We currently focus primarily on mothers, as culturally they are the primary caregivers. however, we include fathers and siblings in many aspects of our program and hope to expand further into father and sibling support
To end extreme poverty for children with disabilities by investing in their mothers.
Our program is based on years of ongoing consultations with mothers of children with disabilities in poverty.
Mothers consistently outline their needs and their ideas for solutions to those needs. These can be formed into four broad categories:
- need for education about childhood disability and health
- need for money to offset the increased financial burden of rehabilitation and transportation
- need for social support to offset the results of living in stigmatizing communities and cultures
- need for community inclusion when family members and neighbors isolate them or their child.
In India, 35% of all people with disabilities are children.
India is home to 12 million children who are affected by disability. Disability can be heavily stigmatized in Indian communities, isolating children and leaving the full-time task of caring for the children to their families. Usually, this responsibility is borne solely by that child's mother with little to no support from anyone else.
The child's disability, which reduces the amount of time that his or her parents can work and can lead to increased costs for healthcare, often affects the entire family. Poverty leads to disability, and disability leads to worsened poverty.
A mother in India who is raising a child with autism or cerebral palsy, for example, is very likely to live an isolated and lonely life. In addition to flexible education and flexible training to launch her own home-based enterprise, she will need an initial phase of extensive support and mentorship to offset years of isolation, depression, and poor healthcare.
This is our specialty.