Today was a fun and exciting day!! For our 10th CL Day, we went to Provision Asia which is a centre for people who have disabilities. This centre is very amazing as once you enter the place you feel like you are at home.
When we reached the place, we were introduced to Danny who was our tour guide for the day and the founder of this center. Next up, we met Muniswamy who is the person who does the administration work like providing wheelchairs, admitting kids to their school, etc.
Muniswamy is a person who is differently-able due to polio. He's leg was amputated and his body downwards was paralysed due to polio fever. It was very inspirational to meet him as he was always smiling and never took his problem as weakness.
We were also given a brief overview on the wheelchairs. We learnt that the wheelchairs were shipped from US. Since the wheelchairs from the US is used, it is sent to Central Prison where the prisoners repair and customise it in exchange for money. We also learnt that they had a scheme where they would give wheelchairs for free, but they realised that the people who got the wheelchairs took advantage by selling those wheelchairs. Unfortunately now, they have to pay for the wheelchairs. Provision Asia also distributes to hospitals and has camps where they also give wheelchairs.
The interesting part I learnt is that polio is no more an issue, other issues can be Celebral Palsy and paralysed due to accidents. Next up we went to visit the children at the Maitra Special School. Before going to Provision Asia, we had stopped at More Supermarket to buy school supplies and food for students in Provision Asia. Our budget was 500 rupees.
We interacted with the kids at the school for awhile by giving them the things we bought. I interacted the most with Vishnu who is a kid affected by Celebral Palsy. Even though he was non-verbal, his smile was the best thing. He was really happy with the supplies I got him because his smile said it all.
After that we visited the physiotherapists who was doing physiotherapy on somebody. She was stretching the muscles that they couldn't move. Even though it was painful, the eventual goal was for them to be able to walk.
After a quick lunch break, it was our turns to try moving around in the wheelchairs. It was really hard but everyone did an amazing job. I really salute those people who are on a wheelchair because it is very hard. Our goal was to go up and down the ramp which a lot of people completed successfully without any help.
Now people like Muniswamy come to work by a 3 wheel scooter. We learnt that the scooter is customised by the company itself, but the people are only charged for the customisation. They need to make sure their customised vehicle is registered with the police. The vehicle has a place for the wheelchairs that is tightly secured with ropes to ensure it doesn't fall. I found this really inspirational as they can move around very easily without any cribbing or help. This was our last tour stop for the day. Overall I really enjoyed this day and would love to come back to Provision Asia.