Mining the hidden talent in differently abled children
God’s creations are all perfect and are not lacking. It is the human inability to see the hidden and latent talents, that seem as retardations or disabilities to others. All it takes is a concerted effort to seek and highlight hidden talents. The results have always pleasantly surprised those who have set out to seek.
Swasthi has set out on such a mission. Along with mission partners SAI-LNCPE, Santhigiri and CIMR, the foundation has started a program aimed at bringing out the artistic and sporting talents that lie buried in those minds that are not easily visible. The project has set out to achieve definite goals and the project is currently ongoing.
The initial launch started with Ekata18 Special Olympics for differently abled children, from 11th Jan 2018 to 14th Jan 2018. The health care and checkups for these children were conducted by the team of Swasthi foundation doctors and Gokulam Medical College, led by Dr K K Manojan, director of Gokulam Medical College.This memorable occasion was held at LNCPE Ground, Kariyavattom, Trivandrum. The meet featured more than 10000 differently abled children from the length and breadth of the state. The talents on display, prompted a chain of thought that later translated to Snehajyothi 3 day camps that are being run monthly.
Snehajyothi camps take the children through a battery of interactive activities and entertainment program under the watchful and observant eyes of Swasthi Foundation and its mission partners. The search for those hidden talents have already unearthed some unbelievable talents. It may not be too long before these talents delight the public.
The team behind this worthy scheme are, Fr Felix, from CIMR, who leads the team with his wealth of experience and research, Sr Elise, from CIMR, Swami Gururatna Jnana Thapaswi, of Santhigiri Ashram, Sri Jacob Punnoose IPS, Sri S Gopinath IPS, Sri Abey George, Dr. G L Muraleedharan, Smt V Karthiyayani, Adv Dimple Mohan all from Swasthi foundation, Dr G Kishore and Dr Usha S Nair, from SAI-LNCPE.
The healthcare of these children are taken care of by the team of doctors as follows
- Dr Devin Prabhakar
- Dr Kavitha Devin
- Dr Premlal A P
- Dr P G Balagopal
- Dr Karthika Gopan
- Dr Anuja Varghese
- Dr Sonia Feroze
- Dr Feroz Ahamed Khan
- Dr Anil Peethambaran
- Dr Raymond Morais
- Dr Mary Iype
- Dr Vasudevan Sambu Potti
- Dr Anitha Balan
- Dr Babu Mathew
- Dr Jayaprabha
It would be unfair not to acknowledge the efforts of the faculties involved. HANSHI Vinodkumar V V , , Sri Charles G J Sri Rajamurthy, Sri G V Hari, Sri Ravi Krishnan, Dr Usha S Nair, Ms Reshma Raghavendra, Sri Arjun, Smt V Kathiyayani, Sri Adarsh Prathap, Sri Vinesh G, Sri Jasi Gift, Sri Vidhu Prathap, Smt Lekshmi Jayan Smt. Shyamali Ghosh and Ms Ardra Sajan.
A program of this magnitude is made possible only by the concerted efforts of Sri Adarsh Prathap ,Janab Arif Sameer, Sri Udaya Kumar and Sri Sreekandan K.
The healthcare of all the differently abled children of Trivandrm District has hence been taken over by Swasthi Foundation as part of Snehajyothi scheme and the pilot study of feasibility is ongoing at CIMR.
The Thought Behind: The integration of a differently abled individual has to start from home. The recognition that a child is differently abled should be the starting point of his training. Education is basically an understanding of our surroundings, situations, and results of various actions, and the response to it. This understanding can make education, accessible to all.
Being differently abled is only a matter of social perception. The initial phase of integration of a differently abled child should begin at home. The sense of touch, from the mother, the recognition of sounds from other family members and nature, the recognition of shapes make up the first steps of education. All languages are essentially recognition of various sounds and shapes. Every written alphabet in the world is a variant of basic shapes. There is no alphabet that is not an integration of shapes.
The next step is the association of these children with their peer group, especially at school. The interaction is not necessarily easy and often not forthcoming. The freedom with which children mingle can hit a hindrance in the form of parental objection. This means that the society needs to be educated too. Spreading awareness is the first necessary step to allowing free association of a differently abled child with peer groups and educational institution.
The third and final phase is the integration of the individual with the society. The assimilation of an individual with various social functions is the final step into a social living. For this the individual needs to be opened to regular day to day functions like, shopping, interacting with unfamiliar faces etc.
Snehajyothi is a project that tries to integrate a differently abled person with the society at large. It is no secret that there is an ability of some sort latent in every being. These talents, when brought to the fore can, make a differently abled person an integral part of the society.
Swasthi Foundation, with the partnership of SAI-LNCPE and Shantigiri Ashram is now setting forth on a mission, that was once considered a dream, but now being proven as easily possible. Snehajyothi is a realization of this concept, one that can easily be taken up by individuals, groups and organization. Only if you had the will.
Snehajyothi has now covered 3 camps and the 4th is ongoing. Being given training and exposure in various skills, art forms, and games, and the progress being monitored frequently, the latent talents are recognised and encouraged. The children who are currently attending the camps, from CIMR, have already shown marked improvement. Six children who took up Karate, attended the National Meet and made a mark is an example to the point..
There are various organization and individuals who deserve a gratitude in this aspect.