23 September, 2020

Hope In A Bamboo Basket

The disabled in rural areas are hardly a blip on our conscience. Here's an effort in that direction.

Hope In A Bamboo Basket
When a careless nurse administered an antibiotic injection on 6-year-old Raju Kathar of Rewa Maheswar village, in central Assam’s Kamrup district, little did his parents realise that it would disable him. In ano-ther case, a speeding army truck knocked and injured Harisuddin Ali of Kopalkata village, 40 km from Guwahati, his parents took him from one quack to another. Soon his injured leg became gangrenous and the 7-year-old was in excruciating pain for a whole year.

Suchismita Majumdar considered the plight of such children and their parents. Being polio-afflicted herself, she knew there was something to be done. She had some experience in dealing with disability and had been certified by the Rehabilitation Council of India to work in the field. In ’97, Suchismita and two other women—Diba Nahin and Manjari Barooah launched Swabalambi, an organisation for the rehabilitation and training of children with multiple disabilities. Today it is the pioneering agency in the area of community-based rehabilitation of the disabled in rural Assam.

One of the first cases it...



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