Transport is a challenge for the Goodwill Centre.

Transport is a challenge for the Goodwill Centre.

To define the challenges of any organization, one’s board of directors or trustees has to define the crux of the problem.  To determine the challenges of the Goodwill Movement, one must examine the ground realities of a disabled individual in Gilgit Baltistan.  Using two aspects from the Social Model of Health, a disabled individual’s history in Gilgit Baltistan is defined and envisioned in the following article.

The first factor that must be examined to determine the history of disabled individuals in Gilgit Baltistan is Social well-being.  The Government of Gilgit-Baltistan has not developed facilities for persons with disablities (see the article What measures are taken by the Government of Gilgit Baltistan for its persons with disablities?).  Though there is an argument that Persons with Disablities can be enrolled in Mainstream environments; however, unlike in developed nations, PWDs struggle to fit in that particular environment. Moreover, unlike in developed Nations, GB has no authority to implement disabled-friendly laws in Mainstream Environments (see cited article), making Persons with disablities dependent on their families.  This dependency culture is no fault of their own.  It has prevented Persons With Disablities from Gilgit Baltistan from accessing projects such as Goodwill’s as they do not have that enthusiasm that could enable them to gain further skills and employment.

The second factor is economic factors.  Unlike Islamabad or Lahore, Gilgit City has more landscape challenges.  The Goodwill Centre, situated in Sonicote/Zulfiqarabad region, is expected to cover all Gilgit Areas, including Khomer, Danyore, Oshikandas, and the Rest of Gilgit, without having any funding resources.  In an ideal world, Goodwill Movement would accommodate all.  Still, in rapidly changing economic circumstances, GBGM has to look after its current students who, despite these challenges, are willing to be trained.  Despite these challenges, GBGM acts as an NPO and hope for the present and future generations of PWDs.  We as an organization will train them Free of Cost as we are aware of their circumstances, which will not likely change in the foreseeable future.

Finally, according to Khan (2022), the average transport cost in Karachi, Sindh’s capital, is 3,000 PKR rupees which is about $10 per person.  If we go by that figure, there would be a similar cost in Gilgit, maybe more so, as people are dealing with Persons With Disablities. Therefore, free Transport for Persons with Disablities should be a Social Policy. Still, we need public support to reduce mobility inequities for Persons With Disablities who are willing to access our center.

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