Inclusion, for a Dignified Humanity

cIn the wake of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, “this global blueprint for action summons us to leave no one behind.” With an estimated one billion people, or 10% of the population, living with disabilities today, inclusion is key to not only a flourishing society but a dignified humanity.

It is no surprise that people with disabilities face small or big discomforts in their everyday lives, if not outright discrimination that stems from ignorance (lack of education) or lack of empathy. According to the UN, the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers of inclusion in many key aspects of society such as transportation, employment and education as well as social and political participation. The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society. By promoting empowerment, real opportunities for people are created. This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in people- in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities,” informs the UN.The theme of the year speaks about the inclusion-access and empowerment of the people of all abilities. Snehalaya has ventured into the aspect of inclusion through:


Focusing on the abilities of the students they are being educated with a special curriculum, thus empowering them, that they too can achieve their goal, their dreams and aspiration in reality. This year two of our Snehalaya students with special education have completed SSC from National Open School.


This has helped many of our students to be physically fit and to be independent in their daily chores of life.


To be self-sufficient and independent Snehalaya had organized residential Mobile Repairing Course for the ex-students above 18 years of age. Today 4 students have started their Small Scale business in their respective villages. Those who have completed SSC are being trained for computer Operation. Those who could not excel in academics, they are being trained according to their abilities in different trade such as candle, silver bowel, flowers, cards making, stitching etc.

Sr. Bobina Soares

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