Serving the most vulnerable...
Global needs of people experiencing disability are vast. Recent statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) state that upwards of 80% of people with disabilities reside in developing countries with a large majority of them living in poverty. Additionally, 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school, according to UNESCO. Abuses and neglect are rampant among the disabled of developing countries. The needs are often severe and even the most remedial of help can make a life-changing difference for someone with a disability.
TEF seeks to equip indigenous peoples, churches, or missionaries for effective work among those with disabilities in their communities – both orphans and families. Often these are places where disability is stigmatized and people with disabilities, along with their caregivers, live in insular and isolated lives.
Basic education, therapies, or interventions are simply not afforded to many of these precious children and adults. TEF seeks to equip indigenous peoples, churches, or missionaries for effective work among those with disabilities in their communities – both orphans and families. Providing a biblical framework on disability and practical training of working with disabilities allows for these people to be empowered to serve their disabled population more effectively.
TEF identifies strategies and methods to serve those with special needs in practical and life-changing ways through local churches and community outreach. Serving families, creating community, and outreach to orphans with disabilities is our focus in global outreach.
Overseas partnership allow TEF to access countries and work with small teams of volunteer specialists with varying skill sets — doctors, dentists, physical therapists, special educators, etc. The goal is to build small but productive inroads to a country and train the indigenous peoples to carry on the work.
Additionally, there exists a shortage of disability specific resource material throughout the non-Western world. Developing, translating, and distributing these resources in printed form, video, or audio format allows TEF to provide lasting and much needed resources to the caregivers of those with disabilities.