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  • : 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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  • The Strength of a Sibling’s Love

    19 July 2017

    We can honestly say that we don't know what we would do without our brothers and sisters in our lives. They are our best friends, our only non-stop source of entertainment, our biggest cheerleaders, and undoubtedly reliable partners in crime. The impact...

  • Another spring, a new location, new hopes in Kullu-Manali

    20 March 2016

    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...

  • Handimachal's disability camp in Spiti (5-7 October 2016)

    17 December 2016

    The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain high altitude valley located in the Himalayan ranges in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "the Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. A typical village...

  • Handimachal grandparents' day (24 December 2016)

    26 December 2016

    Every grandparent hopes and prays that a new grandchild will be healthy. We count our grandson's fingers and toes after he is born. We keep an eye on our granddaughter to make sure she is developing "normally”. Most of the time, we breathe a deep sigh...

  • A CBR training for Spiti (December 2016)

    26 December 2016

    Further to the camp Handimachal conducted in Spiti valley in October, it was decided we would conduct a Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) training for local volunteers from Spiti. The fantastic Spiti ladies As explained by Prof. Vikram Patel, Community-Based...

  • May and June 2017: steady attendance at the Handimachal Therapy Centre

    18 June 2017

    Dear friends, We are happy to report that, since the end of winter in Kullu, the attendance of children and parents in the Handimachal Therapy Centre has never been so good and stable. We don't call this a victory but this is the best reward to our team's...

  • 3 December 2015: World Disability Day celebration in Kullu

    05 December 2015

    On the Occasion of the World Disability Day on 3 December 2015, the local organizations working in the field of disability in Kullu district came together to celebrate the differences of our special ones. The District Welfare Office hosted the event at...

  • Brain gym: workshop for parents and staff – Kullu, 22 July 2017

    06 August 2017

    Just like the body needs physical engagement to grow and develop so does the brain. Brain Gym® movements, exercises or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements. These activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years...

  • 70th Annual meeting of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Hollywood, Florida (20-24 September 2016)

    17 December 2016

    After amazing experiences at the 69th meeting of AACPDM last year, where I received an International scholarship to give a presentation of the work been done at Handimachal, I got a brilliant opportunity once again to present a course at this year annual...

  • Narrative therapy, a new approach to counselling, now in Kullu

    13 December 2015

    With 2015 coming to end, we have been very busy at Handimachal. Last month we had two Indian volunteers, Raviraj Shetty (Occupational Therapist) and Jill Sanghavi (Counselor) from Mumbai who spent time at Handimachal for a week working with the team in...

  • Job offer: a breath of fresh air from the mountains (Development Officer in the field of Disability)

    26 August 2017

    Have you ever been asking yourself, as you ride to work through crowded streets, pollution, noise, whenever you feel useless and powerless in a highly competitive and dehumanized professional environment: “Can I change this?” Yes - we have such an opportunity,...

  • Entrepreneurship is a Viable Choice for People with Disabilities (guest article)

    19 July 2017

    People with disabilities often experience higher rates of unemployment when compared to people without disabilities. Some disabled people struggle with the set hours of office life, while others find their workplace lacks tools and equipment to make their...

  • World Disability Day in Kullu, 3 December 2016

    10 December 2016 ( #Disability, #Kullu )

    Dear reader, dear friend, Don't think that because we are not publishing any new post nothing is happening at the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit - in fact, a lot is going on every day and I will able to publish a short summary of the programme progress...

  • Handimachal performance at the Save Manali annual function - 31 July 2017

    06 August 2017

    On 31 July, Save Manali NGO organised its annual function in Manali and introduced various initiatives and work from other local NGOs. The Handimachal team was of course present. The video of the Mannequin challenge was played for the public but above...

  • ABA workshop in Kullu - June 2015 - in the news

    19 August 2015

    During the last week of June, the Handimachal team was extremely lucky to welcome Mrs. Kinnari Bhatt, an Indian OT specialised in ABA services to children facing autism disorders. Thanks to Kinnari and to the support from the Parents' association and...

  • The Handimachal Society is finally registered in India

    18 February 2017

    We are happy to announce that, after 8 years of continuous operation in Kullu under various organisations, the Handimachal programme for special-need children is getting its own legal existence - the Handimachal Society received its registration number...

  • Inauguration of the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit

    09 September 2009 ( #Handimachal news )

    On 9 September 2009, after six months of operation, the Handimachal Kullu Thearpy Unit for differently-abled children was inaugurated by Mr Nanta, DC Kullu (Himachal Pradesh, India). The presence of the new Deputy Commissioner of Kullu district, of the...

  • Thrilling news: walking alone for the first time!

    23 November 2009 ( #Handimachal news )

    23 November: this morning Evert sent me very positive news regarding activities carried out in the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit last week. Our team attended the D istrict Sports Event for Differently-Abled Children organized by the local welfare office...

  • 29 November in Bagan

    29 November 2009 ( #Handimachal news )

    On November 29th, the team of the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit spent the whole Sunday in Bagan, a remote village high above Kullu (in Shilana penchayat), in order to hold a new meeting with the local population. Thanks to the active involvement of the...

  • Happy story for a Happy New Year

    05 January 2010 ( #Handimachal news )

    There are numerous ways of expressing happiness wishes at the beginning of a new year. People have so many different expectations in their life, how to address them on a blog? Finally, Evert, our occupational therapist from the Netherlands, gave me a...

  • Lori festival in Kullu: no rest for a song

    14 January 2010 ( #Handimachal news )

    Article written by Evert, posted on his blog It’s Lori, a festival originated from Punjab , where everywhere fires are lit, peanuts are eaten and children come past the doors singing and asking for sweets and rupees. All these festivals. Yesterday we...

  • Will-power

    20 January 2010 ( #Handimachal news )

    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...

  • "Ap galat nahi"

    01 February 2010 ( #Handimachal news )

    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...

  • Farewell to Evert

    17 February 2010 ( #Handimachal news )

    On 17 February, the Handimachal team in Kullu organised a farewell party for Evert at the end of his six month mission. His mother and his girlfriend Daniela (a speech therapist) were there, as well as some local volunteers such as our friend Hem Raj...

  • 21 February in Bhuntar

    21 February 2010 ( #Handimachal news )

    On Sunday 21 February, our 5th Awareness Camp was held in penchayat Bhawan Badan Bhuin (Bhuntar), 10 kms South of the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit. Bhuntar is a very busy Indian town on the national "highway" and is known for its well-stocked shops...

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