Dear readers, dear friends,
It’s been quite some time since we posted news on this blog. This means we are all quite busy, in Kullu and in France!
For the first time since 2009, we decided to close the Handimachal Unit for one full month in January and give everyone the chance to enjoy warmer temperatures at home or in the plains. Shruti (OT) and Shakuntala (special educator) took advantage of this free time to spend a few days of observership at Ummeed, a child development centre in Mumbai.
During that time, both Manisha (CBR worker) and Rekha (physiotherapist), Rekha Thakur, gave birth to a baby boy! They are all fine and enjoying their maternity leaves until 1st April and 1st July respectively.
We were lucky to hire a replacement physiotherapist from the reopening of the Unit on 4th February, Ms Rama Jaswal, and lucky once more to welcome again Laura Sckuvie, a paediatric physiotherapist from Belgium, for a new mission from beginning of March to end of June this year.
There are two essential news we wish to share with you:
We had to say goodbye to the beautiful blue house in Ram Bagh, which we were lucky to occupy since March 2009, and all our gratitude goes to Mr Brij Lal’s family for their patience and generosity to our cause. Identifying a new place in Kullu was not that easy and the team has finally opted for a big hall on the first floor of a family house in Akhara Bazaar.
The hall was empty and without partitions, which gave the team the opportunity of becoming architects to design and organize their new work place: partitions were made with strong plywood in order to create 3 therapy rooms, 1 office, 1 storeroom and leave enough space for a waiting room and a big activity hall.
Shifting of all equipment, furniture, games, patients’ files, computer, etc. took place on 5 March with the much appreciated help of Day Star School staff who came from Manali, parents and hired porters; one van was also provided by Mr Dhiman – thank you to everyone for your active support and participation!
It took a few days for the team to get organized in the new premises and resume their usual pattern of work, but now everything is back into order and young patients have found their way again to Handimachal.
I hope we can provide better photographs soon!
By the way, if you are looking for the place, this is our new address:
Handimachal Therapy Unit,
Arya Samaj School street,
Kullu – 175101 – Himachal Pradesh
And because positive news never come alone
And because positive news never come alone, we are happy to announce the effective implementation of the therapeutic committee set up by the medical staff of the Lady Willingdon Hospital in Manali, as provided by our cooperation programme.
The first meeting was held on 11 March in Manali in the presence of Dr. Philip Alexander, Dr. Anna Alexander, Mr. Vijay Kumar and other members of the Day Star School and Lady Willingdon Hospital staff.
The objective of this committee, as stated by Dr Anna, is “to give the child the best possible care, medically and therapeutically, in Handimachal and at Day Star, and to develop a network of resource persons who will work together in that field”.
The first medical examination was performed on 17 March in Manali by Dr. Anna Alexander on 9 CP children and it was also decided by the committee that monthly visits will be made to Handimachal’s Kullu center by a team of doctors and therapeutic professionals, in addition to medical visits to be made to the homes of children who cannot come to the centre in Kullu or in Manali.
The date of 2nd April (World Autism Day) has also been chosen for the inauguration of the new Handimachal Unit in Kullu.
We (La maison des Himalayas) do appreciate the combination of efforts developed by members of the committee, Day Star Learning Centre and Handimachal staff members to make practical advances in the medical and therapeutic treatment of disabled children, and work hand in hand to give such families access to medical and social recognition.
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