Live8 - 2023
Since 2014 Live8 with a home address in Ulsteinvik has offered relief to children and young people for families. As of today there are 14 families with developmental disabilities in Kathmandu in Nepal.
An offer which means that the child or young person gets help to get to day care center and school or activities at home. At the same time our project means that the mothers have the opportunity to work and earn money and the siblings can go to school.
We started with a relief apartment in connection with a well-run day center which has a collaboration with NTNU in Trondheim on internships studies for future social care nurses and occupational therapists.
Live8's project manager has previously worked for NFU in building up parent organizations and is closely associated with the day center's organisation the Down syndrome society.
It has been important for Live Åtte to listen to the parents needs and provide help for those concerned. It turned out that eventually it was difficult to get parents to use the offer for the apartment. It was something new and unknown. So we listened to those concerned and they wanted the help to be given in the home instead. This was an offer that was quickly in demand and today there are families on a waiting list to enter the scheme.
The work of our caregivers consists of everything from helping the individual with daily hygiene to physical activity, training in work tasks or accompanying them to school and day care. Lack of good wheelchairs and other aids limits trips far away from home in most cases.
A positive benefit of the way we organize our work in the homes is the increased status some of the families experience from their surroundings. There is still a stigma attached to having a child with a developmental disability. Mothers are looked down upon by the family and sisters may have problems getting married for the same reason. We therefore we aim of the project is to focus on mothers and children.
We build "step by step" and the prize money enables us to expand the offer to more families. It is equally important to provide training to the employees and parents who face everyday life that is different from our own.
Live8 is approved by the authorities in Nepal to run the work via Down syndrome society, Nepal (dssn)
In Norway we are a foundation with a board that works voluntarily and have no expenses beyond the auditing of accounts. The project manager in Nepal reports to us at least twice a year and all money received for operations is accounted for and audited.
If any of you reading this want to support us as a regular contributor, give a gift or want more information just get in touch or follow us at www.liveåtte.no, says chairman Eli Skaatun