On Sunday, November 1st, 2009, the young team of our Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit organised a full day awareness camp for the benefit of families in Chauparsa penchayat (group of villages), near Kullu. Our friend Raju (who himself is a disabled man and a very active social worker in his community in Manali) was also there and gave the introductory speech.
This was the second awareness camp organized by the HKTU staff in Kullu block, but this time with a new format: after the usual and unavoidable speeches (we always find them too long!), a little play was created and acted out in hindi by Kanica, Yuv Raj and Evert in order to emphasize a few of the problems associated with disability and general health; after the play, the problems were then presented orally by the team in front of the audience in order to increase their general awareness and open a constructive dialogue. Yuv Raj added his own words to a famous tune (“Shunaa logo”, a local favorite meaning “Listen people”), which will now serve as a theme song for all subsequent meetings.
Around 50 persons attended the meeting and 3 disabled children were brought to Kanica’s attention for a first assessment of their status. The 3 children were then bourght to the Unit by their parents the following week and given the necessary PT / OT treatment. We now have a total of 50 children registered within the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit.
The date for the next awareness camp has been set for November 29th. It will be held in a remote village above Kullu, where 8 disabled children were identified during our disability survey in 2007 and are also present in the lists held by local social services. Let’s hope that the Handimachal team, who have now also gained a reputation locally as actors and singers, will be as successful as in Chauparsa!
Pictures of this event are available in the Photo Albums section.