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  • : The Handimachal Programme for disabled children, Kullu, India
  • The Handimachal Programme for disabled children, Kullu, India
  • : In the (blue) House of the Himalayas, in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh, India), discover and follow the progress of the Handimachal project for disabled children.
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January 20 2010 4 20 /01 /January /2010 18:38
Thanks to a donation made by a small Dutch foundation, we have now engaged in a programme of home-based treatment in order to reach the maximum disabled children, notably in remote villages of the district which may not be linked to the valley by any road (and consequently, where most parents will not make the effort to bring there disabled child to the Unit or will not have the possibility to do so). 

The aim is to organise home visits every week, with the help of one local volunteer who will act as translator between the volunteering occupational therapist and families and/or disabled children.  The funds received from the Netherlands will allow to give a small salary to this local volunteer and pay for a taxi or transportation expenses whenever necessary.

On 20 January, Evert walked up to Bagan and he has written a small account of his experience and feelings on that occasion. 

Sohan 20 Jan 2010"Today my dream has come true to walk for hours in the mountains in order to visit patients at their homes. Together with Narender, our new volunteer, we have walked 1.5 hour up to meet 8 patients in Bagan, the place where we met 22 children with disabilities during an awareness camp. Just 3 of them have come to our Unit and in order to give our camp a follow-up I wanted to do the home-visits there.

Narender did an excellent job, but I was even more impressed by Sohan, a 30-year old man who got a complete paralysis below his trunk two years ago. Still, his upper trunk was full of will-power.  He let a local carpenter construct a simple set of parallel bars, and wooden splints to fixate his legs.  Every day he practices with at least the small but important result that he now has a little control over his bladder.

What inspired me most was how optimistic he was and how completely he performed his role as a father. A wheelchair is of no use in this mountainous area, but even without being mobile he has not given up to give meaning to life."

Evert Veldman

Will-power to move mountains... Thank you Evert!

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