Barekat plans to generate 9,300 jobs for individuals with disabilities

TEHERAN – The Barekat Charity Foundation, which is affiliated with the headquarters for the execution of the Imam Order, will create 9,300 jobs for people with disabilities, YJC reported on Saturday.

Mohammad Mokhber, head of the foundation, said around 3,300 jobs have been created for the physically challenged to date and around 6,000 are expected to be created over time [Iranian calendar] Year (March 21).

“We have launched 1,100 employment plans for the disabled and, in partnership with the charity, we will launch an additional 2,000 plans to invest in entrepreneurial ideas for disabled people,” he said, adding that these plans will create 9,300 jobs will lead.

To achieve that number of job opportunities, 2.7 trillion rials (nearly $ 64.2 million at an official rate of 42,000 rials) will be invested in rural areas of the country, he noted.

These professions include livestock, technical services, shoemaking, clothing manufacturing, handicrafts, hand-knotted carpets, and poultry farming.

This year we will launch 70,000 community-based employment projects leading to the creation of 210,000 micro and domestic jobs, including 20,000 for vulnerable groups such as households with female heads, families of prisoners, the disabled and families of children who have dropped out of school, he said.

The Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam was founded in 1989. In the Iranian calendar year 1386 (March 2017-March 2018) the Barekat Charity Foundation – the social arm of the organization – was founded with the aim of promoting social justice.

Socio-economic empowerment of communities by promoting entrepreneurship with priority for breadwinners, developing infrastructures such as water and electricity networks, building roads, building schools and expanding educational spaces, promoting health for all, granting non-repayable loans and insurance, especially in less developed areas and regions hardest hit by wars and natural disasters of the 1980s are among the charity foundation’s priorities.

Over 1.3 million people with disabilities live in Iran

Pirouz Hanachi, the mayor of Tehran, said in December 2019 that there are over 1.3 million people with disabilities in the country, and the number is increasing by 50,000 every year.

event [the Iranian parliament] adopted both general outline and details of a bill on the rights of people with disabilities in January 2018. Disabled-friendly city development, free transportation, health insurance, free education, job creation, home loan and working time reduction are some of the articles of the law.

Since the enactment of the law, education for students with disabilities has been offered at Azad universities, grants for patients with spinal cord injuries and disability care centers have increased, in addition to housing units for families with disabled members.

Asghar Shirzadi, chairman of the board of the Iranian Association of the Disabled, said in December 2020 that there still appeared to be a low level of willingness on the part of the relevant organizations to implement the law.


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