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February 1 2010 2 01 /02 /February /2010 22:21

This is the title of a poem written by Arjita Singh, a journalist who came to give some of her time during her recent holiday in the Kullu valley.  Arjita notably translated in hindi and designed some leaflets which are meant to give simple but efficient information on various disability aspects to local families.


This poem opens our leaflet dedicated to cerebral palsy (CP), a very common cause of physical and/or mental impairment in disabled children of the district, which gives rise to so much misunderstanding, negative and inadequate solutions, thus further increasing the handicap status of the child.


This is how we could translate the poem in English:


“Ap galat nahi” (you are not wrong)

You are not wrong,
But you shout at the wrong things.

I am good at heart

Then why do you cut my wings?

I am what everybody is,

Sometimes naughty, I don't deny.
If I fall don’t pick me up,

Reach out your hand and help me fly.

                                pas à pas jan 2010 


Thank you Arjita for such emotional lines and for your valuable help to the local community.


Now has also come the time to say thank you (and almost goodbye) to Evert Veldman who will leave Kullu after a few days’ holiday with his family, just arrived from the Netherlands.  Evert’s contribution to the project, together with Kanica and Yuv Raj, is outstanding and we hope his five months of volunteering are only the first chapter to a long story of solidarity and friendship.


Evert’s salute to new challenges!


If you wish to read Evert's farewell message on his blog: http://www.everest2india.web-log.nl/

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