Imphal, Nov.25 (ANI): There are several societies in Manipur that are working hard to help the physically challenged by bringing the talented among them in the public eye.
Though they are inexperienced and without any professional training, their performance can easily match one by trained theatre troupes.
The amazing thing is that they are all physically handicapped...
Recently, they performed in the third edition of Badhte Kadam, a massive awareness campaign to promote people with disabilities in Manipur.
"Organizing such programs is beneficial for us. Otherwise we would just stay at home and be cut off from the society. We feel depressed. But by performing at such events, we feel happy, share our feelings and make new friends," Abosana, a participant.
The campaign has been a huge success in Manipur and this time it will cover seven districts in the state.
This year's theme is "Get Involved, Share a few moments of your life with us".
The Badhte Kadam team will visit educational institutions to spread awareness through games, quiz shows, talent shows, poster and photo exhibitions.
The campaign was started three years ago under the aegis of the Central government.
People gathered in large numbers to see the performance and encourage the participants.
More such campaigns should be conducted
"It is a good initiative to organize such a campaign. After seeing them perform, I feel that more such awareness campaigns should be held in different parts of the state. It will definitely help disabled people as well as it is good for all of us," Ibemhal, an All India Radio employee.
The Spastic Society has also initiated a program under the name of "MARUP" to expand the network of volunteers in the state to help the disabled people.
The program aims to create a friends club for the physically handicapped people where they can express themselves and hone their skills.
"This year we are targeting more of the youth like sportspersons and student's community, where we are trying to sensitize them on issue of disability. We are trying to change their attitude towards the disabled people to have them included in the society, where they can mingle with everyone," L. Tokendra Ricky, General Secretary, Spastic Society of Manipur
Disabled people have capabilities and skills that can be tapped at various levels. And, campaigns like these will go a long way in helping those with disabilities.
The third edition of Badhte Kadam will come to an end on December 3. (ANI)