By Susan Narjala - Corporate Communications Manager
The kids at the Institute for Mentally Handicapped Children (IMHC) have had a fun-filled month. This year, the Indian festival of holi meant a day of color, fun and festivities for the 100 boys at the Home. The celebration was extra special this year as much of the holi powder was created by the boys themselves. Some of the boys from the Home have for the last few months been participating in flower sorting by color, which helps with their motor and cognitive skills. The flowers were then dried and turned into organic holi powder – and, of course, the boys had a blast playing with it.
The other fun event this month was the special meal the boys were treated to. When U&I staff at IMHC realized that the boys hadn’t eaten chicken in over a year, they decided to change that. So they pooled their resources and rolled up their sleeves. Armed with 25 kilos of rice, 20 kilos of chicken and hearts full of love for the children, U&I therapists, and special educators became the cooks for the day! They doled out platefuls of biriyani to the boys who just couldn’t get enough of the yumminess. Chopping onions and sweating it out over the stove, U&I staff’s commitment to these boys goes beyond the call of duty.
The children at the State-run Home have a long way to go in terms of hygiene awareness, physiotherapy and speech readiness. But U&I’s committed staff are there to help them along this journey. Whether it means playing holi with the kids or cooking a meal for them, they have these kids backs. Often times, that means our staff puts themselves at risk, contracting infections and skin diseases from the kids who are still being trained about hygiene and cleanliness. But the smile on these kids faces makes the journey worth it. Our staff believes in the dignity of each person at the Home and they walk the talk to prove it.
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