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Thursday, 25 June 2015
Kids Inspire them to fight odds: THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:
Simitha attending the classes at Kottapuram Integrated Development Society
Sometimes, all you need is a little push to
overcome the odds. For Simitha, the Kottapuram Integrated Development
Society (KIDS) gave her that push, the inspiration and will power to
fight odds and to weave a new start.
challenged after suffering from Juvenile Osteoporosis, came to KIDS to
undergo the vocational training for physically challenged people and her
stint with KIDS has given her the courage to face the world. Today, she
has learnt to deal with her disability and has explored her creative
“I paint and learn flower-making and I feel so renewed.
Painting is my favourite hobby and I use water color,” says an upbeat
Her trainer agrees. “She has always stayed indoors.
Initially, she found it difficult to cope up. But now she is very happy
and enjoys here,” says Thresia Joy. Like Simitha, many physically
challenged people have been reaping the benefits of the vocational
training provided by the Kottapuram Integrated Development Society.
reputed NGO has been concentrating on the sustainable development of
socially and economically-backward groups since 1987. They organise a
three-month’s handicraft training program for physically challenged
women in flower-making, dry flower arrangement, paper bag-making,
star making and book binding. KIDS has been working together with
Centre for Disability, Thiruvananthapuram, to provide around 40
vocational training programs.
“We train them and later provide
them with raw materials. Our NGO acts as a mediator between them and the
market too. The goal of KIDS is to make them capable of earning their
own living,” said Sr Mercy Thomas, administrator.
Fr Nixon Kattassery says that the physically-challenged people are very
talented but they find difficulty in being a part of main stream
society. “We try to give them an opportunity to develop their skills and
improve their lifestyle”.
Simitha vouch for this. She shares how happy she is with the NGO.
am really glad that I came here and would have regretted if I missed
this opportunity. Now I am experiencing a totally different part of the
world and have so many friends. Learning paper jewellery making, star
making, flower making and arranging have made me confident and ready to
face the world. Now, I realize that am capable of doing many things,”