QASA COVID-19 Relief Fund
- By: QASA
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/qasa-covid-19-relief
People with disabilities, including quadriplegic and paraplegics, are among the worst affected during the global Coronavirus pandemic and national lockdown. In addition to being more at risk of falling severely ill with COVID-19, the financial impact has been devasting for many.
As businesses close and individual risk losing their income, many QASA members can't afford essential services and goods with their meagre R1 860 disability grant or small income from working an entry-level position at a company.
To help relieve the financial burden on its members during this time, QASA has set up its COVID-19 Relief Fund. All donations will go towards supporting quadriplegics and paraplegics struggling financially as a result of the national lockdown.
By donating, you are helping some of the country's most vulnerable citizens with food security and access to essential services.
QASA will also be putting its own funding forward to assist the cause, but every cent from you means more people can be assisted.
Determined on a case-by-case basis, assisting will mainly be provided through vouchers to ensure quadriplegics and paraplegics can purchase essentials.
- May 22, 2020 - R 210.00
- "Sharing is so needed during this pandemic" - Anonymous
- May 15, 2020 - R 315.00
- "Best wishes " - Santosh
The QuadPara Association of South Africa
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is considered the leading agency representing persons with a spinal cord injury or physical disability in South Africa. QASA (established in 1978) is an NPO of quadriplegics and paraplegics with the vision that all quadriplegics and paraplegics will live their lives to their full potential.
The organisation's mission is to be an effective coordinating, policymaking, and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.
QASA’s function is to serve quadriplegics, paraplegics and the disability sector in general in whatever capacity our members find most constructive. The organisation aims to assist people with mobility impairments to lead independent lives with a decent standard of living, in areas ranging from personal care and assistive devices to adequate skills development and employment.
It strives to develop products, projects and services to develop capacity among its members to offer opportunities for the workplace and societal integration as well as lobbies and advocates on behalf of people with physical disabilities. QASA's flagship projects include the following:
Education, Skills Development and Employment Project
This project provides education, skills development, driver training and employment opportunities for young, unemployed persons with a physical disability. The Project received a Change Agent Recognition Award from SABPP in September 2019 for Employment Equity Development & Transformation.
It prioritises the NDP Vision 2030 directive that “persons with disabilities must have enhanced access to quality education and employment. Efforts to ensure relevant and accessible skills development programmes for people with disabilities, coupled with equal opportunities for their productive and gainful employment, must be prioritised.”
The project has three components:
A key prerequisite for employment is the possession of a Matric (Grade 12) Certificate. Currently, service-users (who wish to enter the Work Readiness and Employment Programme) have not completed Grade 12, primarily because of inadequate wheelchair accessible public transport and schools. The aim of the Fund is to provide financial assistance to 80 learners to complete their Grade 12 schooling.
Work Readiness and Employment Programme
The aim of the Work Readiness and Employment Programme is to equip 180 trainees with the necessary skills and tools for gainful employment. Using modules aligned to SAQA Unit Standards, the project facilitates training and employment placement.
The project responds to one of the pressing challenges identified by NSDS III: “The inadequate skill levels and poor work readiness of many young people leaving formal secondary and tertiary education and entering the labour market for the first time.”
The programme is implemented in Gauteng (Pretoria), KwaZulu-Natal (Gillitts), and the Western Cape (Durbanville). Roughly 180 trainees are selected, undergo psychometric assessments, and participate in skills-facilitated training coupled with an advanced computer literacy course. The training modules are aligned to SAQA unit standards and the programme includes a five-day work experience placement.
Six employer workshops are conducted during the year to engage prospective partners for both work experience placement, internship placement and ultimately full-time employment placement. After the graduation ceremony candidates are either placed in an internship, or full-time employment or start their own businesses. QASA provides ongoing accompaniment and mentoring of the placed candidates.
Between April and October 2019, 30 graduates were placed in full-time employment, one started his own business and two received funding from QASA to further their studies.
Driving Ambitions Programme
Possession of a driver’s licence enhances employability. Driving Ambitions is the only full-scale driver training programme in South Africa for persons with a physical disability. The aim of the programme is to assist 25 candidates to acquire a driver’s licence by training them using specially adapted vehicles.