Partnership- From the Community, For the Community.
The motive of the “Samphia Foundation” is to include more and more of the common people of the community. The reason being- A community as a whole can contribute much more for its betterment than a small group of people.It takes a village to raise a child is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. With this purpose “Aash Child Development Center”, for the beginning, is focusing more on inclusion of the youth as they are the backbone of any community or society.
In this regard Aash organized a Youth Awareness Workshop in the Govt. Poly Technique College, Kais. The main objective of the workshop was to ensure the inclusion of the young students of the college by making the students aware about the various disabilities one has to deal with and about the cause for which “Aash Child Development Center” is working for.
The workshop started with a brief introduction about the Center and the cause it is working for, by the Program Manager Mr. Beeju. After the intro Mrs. Rekha, Physiotherapist at Aash, made the students aware about the various therapies provided by the Center like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and special education.
One of the main objectives of the Workshop was to make the students aware about “how it feels to be in the shoes of the ones who are not able to live a normal life like them due to the disabilities they are having.” For this a few activities were designed by the Director of the Center Miss Shruti More.
In this workshop I, along with Miss Dhaneshwari ( Social Worker ), got a chance to conduct the activities which were designed in such a manner so that the students can know how it feels to live with a disability even for a short while. The students were requested to volunteer for the activities as our main motive was to include them more so that they can get on hand experience about the feelings of the person with a disability.
The results of the activities were surprisingly amazing as all the volunteers were able to clearly experience and understand the things which we were expecting them to. Not only this, but they also explained the same briefly to the other students who were participating in the workshop. The volunteers were then honored with souvenirs also.
In total we got a positive response from not only the students of the college but also from the teachers who were present there in the workshop.
Author:- Rishabh Paul
Masters of Social Work
At “Aash Child Development Center”.