Ramon was born able-bodied and used to work in a local hotel. Following a motorbike accident he was tragically left paralysed from the waist down. His pregnant girlfriend left him and so Ramon shared a one room flat with his elderly mother, relying on her meagre income to support them both.
Our partners, Artisan International, provide vocational training in paper-making, printing techniques and jewellery making. Ramon went on to complete his training and earn enough money to rent a much bigger flat for him, his mother and his son to stay. Ramon was offered a position of part-time trainer and driver this year and is loving his new role. It is hoped that in time he will take on more responsibility – maybe being the leader of the programme!
It is estimated that disabled people make up 15% of the population in Ecuador and the huge stigma attached means there is little or no vocational training available to them, consigning to a life of poverty.
The programme was established to support people with disabilities to gain training and employment. Artisan International’s hope is by displaying their talents, skills and employability, wider society will begin to view people with disabilities differently. They are currently empowering 24 people with disabilities to gain training and employment.