Professional and Technical Support for Programs for Vulnerable Populations
New Editions provides professional and technical support to field Missions and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Washington through the Office of Democracy and Governance in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA/DG), which manages five congressionally directed programs: Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF), Leahy War Victims Fund (LWVF), Victims of Torture Program (VOT), Wheelchair Program, and Disability Program.
New Editions staff members provide direct support to the Project Officer and make periodic trips to review USAID programs. Additionally, we work with more than 50 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries around the world that directly implement these programs. New Editions helps the Programs in the mission to reduce risks to historically marginalized populations; reinforce the capacities of communities, local NGOs and governments to provide services and protection to these historically marginalized populations; and help the marginalized populations gain access to opportunities that support their full participation in society.
The Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) provides care and protection to historically marginalized children, particularly those separated from their families or are at risk of losing family care, including children in institutional care, children affected by war, children on the street, and children with disabilities. DCOF’s programs help families and communities respond to the special physical, social, educational and emotional needs of at-risk children. Working in more than 30 countries, our child protection programs reach over 130,000 children worldwide.
The Leahy War Victims Fund (LWVF) helps people with disabilities in conflict-affected countries by establishing and improving accessible and appropriate prosthetic, orthotic (P&O) and physical rehabilitation services. Since 1989, our programs have:
- Established and helped sustain P&O workshops;
- Promoted professional training, standards and accreditation for rehabilitation professionals; and
- Increased mobility and physical functioning of survivors of war and conflict.
The LWVF is committed to investing in appropriate P&O and physical rehabilitation services, while also emphasizing overall rehabilitation programming. Through these programs, physical rehabilitation services are provided in more than 40 countries.
The Victims of Torture Program (VOT) provides treatment and rehabilitation of individuals, families and community members who suffer from the physical and psychological effects of torture and trauma. Because treatment interventions vary so widely, the VOT program emphasizes the importance of research to ensure high standards are met in treating torture survivors. Over the past four years, VOT has supported randomized control trials, which have demonstrated that certain interventions improve the functioning and health of torture survivors.
The Wheelchair Program improves the availability of, access to, and sustainability of programs that provide appropriate wheelchairs in the developing world. We believe a number of fundamental principles should be applied to the production and provision of wheelchairs:
- Products should be appropriate to the environment and the individual;
- Local services should be sustainable;
- Training for service providers and wheelchair riders is essential; and
- Impact of the programs should be measured by the improvement in the quality of life of wheelchair users.
The Disability Program invests in disabled people’s organizations and organizations that work with them to advance disability rights worldwide. Our programs are cross-cutting and respond to a variety of human rights issues. Working with development partners, disability funding has supported more than 100 programs and activities in over 50 countries. Since 2005, they have helped to:
- Improve national laws and policies to further the rights of people with disabilities;
- Increase the numbers of children with disabilities attending school and improve the quality of instruction they receive;
- Provide job training to youth with disabilities and open up opportunities for competitive employment; and
- Train humanitarian relief workers and first responders to better incorporate the needs of people with disabilities in disaster risk reduction.