| Dec 17, 2019
Celebration of International day of Persons with Disabilities
Dance performance by CwDs of Patan CBR
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Patan CBR has been facing many hindrances to ensure the rights and development of Children with Disabilities since its establishment in 1994. Having faced many challenges, the International Disability day is considered as the most important day of the year for our organization. This year (2019), on the occasion of 28th international disability day, 28 organizations working under the field of disability in Lalitpur had taken part in the program organized and funded by the Lalitpur Metropolitan City. The children of all the organizations came along with their parents and they seemed to be very excited for the day. The responsibility of coordinating the program was taken by CBR. The children of CBR performed their dance amidst a huge mass.
At 10 am, the rally ended in Mangalbazar, the center of Lalitpur. The special guests who attended the program included: the major, the deputy mayor, chief of Women Development unit and the chief of the Mangalbazar Police office.
Slogans for the 28th International disability day comprised of the International slogan: ‘Future is accessible’; National slogan: ‘Sustainable development goal, disable friendly future’ and the informal translation for Local slogan: "Effort of all, disable friendly city".
The program was very well organized. Immediately as the rally ended, the participants were advised to be seated. It started with a short introduction to the importance of the program and thank all the people present over there for their love and support. During the announcements and also during the performance, sign language was being used for the audience who cannot hear. The children of all the organizations took part in the cultural program by playing an instrument, dancing and taking part in the drama. It started with the national anthem by the children unable to see and hear. Followed by solo Kumari Dance, group dance, group flute performance, and the drama. The drama depicted the important issues of the society and it required the involvement of the audience and the honorable guests as well. It displayed the difficulties that the disabled children had to go through due to the radically and socially inappropriate treatment towards them. The program was extremely important as Nepal the country which holds the belief that disability is the sin of one’s past life. Such a belief has constrained the approach of viewing disability. Showcasing such talent and the ability of the group and creating awareness among the public for the inclusion of disabled people and their security was a small step towards our goal. In the country, where deviating a little from what the society considers normal exposes the vulnerable towards prejudicial treatment and discrimination, presenting the unity of the disabled and their supporters was a crucial step in displaying an outrage on the cultural values and norms that cling on to inequality and injustice.
Moreover, few stalls were set up displaying the works done by disabled children in the organization such as candles, earrings, bags, necklaces, keyrings and so on.
The program was very intense, affective, heart-warming and touching to the audience who were discriminated on the basis of physical and mental capability. We could notice that some of the parents of disabled children were in tears during the program as they could relate very deeply to the issues discussed. It encouraged them to believe in the capabilities of the so-called ‘incapable’. Moreover, with the participation of a huge audience and also with the presence of Media, we could extend our efforts on raising awareness on this particular issue.
The event was quite successful in conveying the message that disability cannot be overlooked. It has to be addressed and discussed to fulfill the demand of improving their living conditions. At around 1 pm, the program was concluded with the final words by the Deputy major expressing his desire to tackle the issues related to inclusive education, accessibility, security, employment and so forth and his hope to provide the transportation facility to all organizational members in the next year’s program.
Mass at the spot
CBR team with banner at the ralley