People with disabilities are among the most marginalised individuals MAP serves and there is a strong correlation between disability and poverty. In low-resource environments such as Gaza, there are few dedicated health services, and discrimination, social isolation and marginalisation are all too common. In Lebanon, the Syrian crisis has only served to divert funds away from disability services towards emergency response, resulting in the emergence of a critical gap which MAP is working hard to bridge.
MAP takes a social and rights-based approach to removing the barriers which stand in the way of people with disabilities participating fully in society.
In Lebanon, MAP’s work has focused on providing early intervention, rehabilitative services and educational support, reaching over 300 children with physical, mental and learning disabilities (pictured). In Gaza, MAP supports local organisations to empower people with disabilities to claim their rights and become leaders advocating for schange within their communities. 30 people with disabilities carried out on the job training and four were offered employment as a result.