Disability is No Obstacle to Success

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Case No. : 13562

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Disability is No Obstacle to Success


Izmir was born in a small village in northern Indonesia. Up until the age of seven he lived a normal life, but one day he fell from a tree in front of his house and suffered injuries that left him deaf and dumb.

Izmir traveled to a special school in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh, where he learnt carpentry skills; working with doors, windows, tables, etc., and after graduating in 1997 he got a job as a craftsman in a furniture workshop. However, his income was very little and not sufficient to meet the basic daily needs of him and his family, consisting of his wife,  daughter Zahida, aged four and son Zaki, two.

Izmir’s is not the only disability in his family; his wife also has special needs, being born without arms, though Allah the Almighty bestowed her with a special skill for sewing.  

Izmir’s family came to the attention of QC’s Jakarta office and we decided to offer them some support in order to overcome the difficulties and challenges of living with disabilities and help improve their income so as to ensure they can live a decent life. 

Since June 2009, Izmir and his family have benefitted from a QC program that sponsors poor families and at the end of 2011 they received financial support to enable them to establish an income-generating project in the form of a small carpentry shop. The building of the workshop was overseen by QC from the start and with their help it was fully equipped. 

Izmir and his family lived in a classroom in an old school for people with special needs in Banda Aceh, but once their conditions had improved, Izmir was able to provide his family with more suitable housing and he has also been able to register his daughter in a kindergarten.

Now Izmir has moved a step further by employing another worker with him to help him in the workshop, and play the role of a sign language interpreter between him and his customers.

Izmir feels great satisfaction with his newly found stability and offers his thanks to the benefactors whom have helped improve the conditions of needy families, particularly those with special needs, allowing them to regain their independence.