YES! WE CAN
Yes! We Can Trust is a registered non-government entity operating on the national level under the Indian Trust Act of 1882 Govt. of NCT Delhi since 2013(IN-DL99693529699521L). Our founding members, Meenu Mani and Samuel Mani were inspired by their own disabilities to form this operational organization. We have observed that despite a number of welfare programmes being carried out for differently-abled persons, the desired impact on the lives of these persons is not being felt especially by themselves, at the ground level. Therefore, being an operational NGO, we like to implement those empowering projects which really impact their daily lives. Their constant feedback is our driving force behind the selection of these projects. However, implementing such projects requires a great deal of planning and communication at all levels.
Our mission and vision
Our motto: ‘See the label, not the label.’ ‘It is not important how much we doubt it is important that we should do it wholeheartedly and passionately.’
Our vision: our endeavour is to empower various differently-abled persons such that they become part of an inclusive society where they are not looked down upon as a burden but actively participate in every social activity by seeking understanding, cooperation, love, and respect from everyone and they can also celebrate and enjoy their lives. However, certain social perceptions and attitudes towards such persons have to be changed, besides working on accessible infrastructure, to fulfil this vision. As a small initiative in this direction, we have started holding events and get-togethers for differently-abled persons. We also sensitize society through other online and offline modes. Our intention is also to motivate and instil confidence in these persons by effectively bringing them out in society despite their respective limitations. We feel such an exercise will also provide real feedback on the effectiveness of various ongoing empowering facilities and measures.
Our endeavour is to prompt independent living in differently-abled persons creating:
This is not easy considering the wide range of problems and limitations faced by various such persons, particularly for those who are unable to move independently. Those who are dependent, often have to either convenience their families or ensure their own security before moving out with helpers. The arrangement of helpers requires finances, which may not be adequate for all. Further, accessible transport has to be arranged for them as per their individual requirements. Making both these provisions require finances, which may not be met regularly by these persons considering most of them are unemployed. Therefore, we try to address all these issues to ensure bringing out such persons in the society through various social events.
This issue is linked to the dignity and identity of such persons. They also want to ensure financial security. Despite their limitations, they are talented and desirous of excelling in their lives. Unfortunately, in most cases, employment remains a distant dream for them due to their own limitations and inaccessible infrastructure. Therefore, we intend to focus not only on job seeking but also on job creation by promoting entrepreneurial skills and linking them to non-governmental and governmental schemes. we also intended to create unconventional earning options for these persons, online and offline, which are not being vastly explored in the formal disability sector as we feel that promotion of employment among such persons also needs some out-of-the-box thinking and innovation. Our programme, ‘Yes bakers,’ is a humble initiative in this direction.
Normally, the general facilities extended to society are accessible to every able-bodied person. But all differently-abled persons cannot use them independently due to their various limitations. Hence, these cannot prove very effective in their desired empowerment. For example, computers are the most effective and convenient tool for general empowerment. However, unfortunately, not all differently-abled persons are in a position to use/operate them, rendering them ineffective for their empowerment. Therefore, these facilities need further adjustments as per their limitations, to make their use effective for them to ensure active participation of these persons in daily living as well as promote independent living of differently-abled persons, we try to create a comfortable and accessible working environment for them as per their individual needs. For this, we also do advocacy. Further, overall social inaccessible infrastructure acts as a barrier to the movement of these persons and therefore needs to be addressed at all levels.
We feel that society has not properly understood the problems of various differently-abled persons. Hence, we are conducting sensitizing workshops by differently-abled persons for governmental, non-governmental, media, health and educational institutions and try to bring them to the notice for making more effective empowerment of such persons. We also feel that for doing sensitization or advocacy, one does not necessarily have to join an institution/NGO. One can simply share relevant facts and information with the concerned through online/offline modes. One can even express strong opinions in their favour or spread their advocacy and messages.
Empowering them through other means like providing aids and appliances: Will improve the social integration of various differently-abled persons and improve their quality of life.