I have received nice pictures from our team in Kullu, and I have organised them in short slideshows to share with you such positive moments. Take a look, I hope they will help you escape, for a few minutes, the fear of economic recession and the threat of downgrading of AAA rankings...
First of all, an overview of the final competitions of the Disability Sports Days organised on 2 and 3 December in Mandi, which gathered all teams from various districts of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu district was of course represented with the selected children from NAB-School (blind children), NAV-Chetna (for mentally-retarded children) and of Handimachal (Ramneek and Sofia).
Laura and Ajay actively participated and supported the competitors. Sofia won a gold medal in assisted walk. This is the peak sports event for disabled children in Himachal Pradesh and it seems that everybody had good fun!
And yesterday 7 December was the first home visit session for our permanent OT, Naveen. I should say "school" visit as, in Manali, our team mainly meets disabled children in the local government primary school, where parents of out-of-school disabled children also bring their kids in order to receive treatment (physiotherapy, speech therapy and of course occupational therapy).
Since a few weeks, April has been putting all her energy in monitoring the work of the special educator hired by the government school (or rather teaching him what he is supposed to do with different kids...). Yesterday's session introduced painting activities for Umesh and Mehul, 9 years old, both very happy to be engaged in new expression modes. Aastha and Abhay, two CP children of 2 years old, have not reached this stage yet but their mothers are now aware of the necessity to provide physiotherapy exercices and stimulating activities at home.
We sincerely hope that we will be able to do more in terms of home visits and school interventions in 2012.
Dominique, 8 December 2011