Awareness meeting at Kuppanapuram
Our support to persons with disability continued during this quarter also with your generous support and well wishes. We could get the newly introduced Unique ID card for disabled for 3 persons. We continued to pursue the remaining applications for ID cards (2), Assistive devices (50), Pension benefits (23) and Train/Bus pass (14 cases). Awareness meetings were conducted at 3 villages with a total attendence of 154 persons, mainly focussing on the ways to prevent disability, handling of disabled children and getting governmental support for their livelihood opportunities.
We opened a new computer centre in January 2020, in our Trust office at Vanniconendal village, where we gave opportunity to a local girl with disability to work as the trainer. While the non-disabled were charged for the course, we met the course fee of 3 girl students with disability. The teacher was provided free opportunity to learn tailoring also free of cost in the tailoring institute run by the Trust.
A deaf and dumb lady of 55 years in our working village was helped to get loan of Rs.1 lakh from local bank for setting up a tailoring shop in the village. That has become the main livelihood for the lady and she is imparting tailoring training and also giving part-time employment to 2 other women in her shop. Thus, our interaction helped three women with disability in getting opportunity for their livelihood.
A special meeting was held at Therkupatty village, where more than 50 adults and children have speech and hearing disability, as a genetic problem. We are evolving a collective livelihood opportunity for them within that village. We are also planning to have some sports event exclusively for the disabled children, as they are usually not included in games and sports activities by the non-disabled children and these disable children are denied the opportunity to mingle with other children of their age and also the pleasure of playing games.
Your continued support to us will make us plan more such innovative thingsfor the welfare of the persons with disability.
Special meet at Therkupatti for deaf and dumb
Computer class at Vanniconendal for disabled
Tailoring shop of deaf and dumb at P.V.Chatram