World Disability Day 2023: Embracing Abilities and Inspiring Hope

December 4, 2023

“Invite the Poor, the Crippled, the Lame, the Blind, and you will be Blessed.” – Luke 13:13-14

Sanjeevani, the school for Special Children, marked World Disability Day 2023 with tremendous vigor and enthusiasm on Dec. 2, 2023, at Nazareth Primary School Hall in Vasai. The event was a poignant celebration, witnessing the joyous participation of 98 parents alongside their children.

Under the guidance of Silbiya. M, SCN, and supported by SCNs Elizabeth Jaya Rani, the manager, and Stella Mary, along with the dedicated Sanjeevani staff, a meaningful program was organized for the students. Through the day’s activities, they demonstrated that they are not “disabled” but “differently-abled.” The day featured Rangoli and Flameless Cooking Competitions for parents and former students, fostering a sense of inclusivity and talent recognition.

The highlight of the event was the heartfelt sharing by parents, expressing gratitude for the love and care their children receive at Sanjeevani. These testimonials brought tears to the eyes of all present, affirming the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s commitment to embracing the excluded.

Dr. Shruti, a physiotherapist, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. She enlightened the audience about various disabilities and encouraged parents to accept and seek timely guidance for corrective measures. Ms. Roshna, a social worker and the Guest of Honor, provided insights into neurological disorders occurring from conception and suggested measures to enhance functionality.

A significant announcement during the event was the collaboration with the “UMED” Centre, which agreed to extend its services to Sanjeevani students on a weekly basis. This collaboration would include physiotherapy and occupational therapy for the current academic year, integrating Sanjeevani into the mainstream UMED program.

Parents expressed their deep appreciation for organizing such a meaningful celebration. The day not only brought happiness to everyone’s faces but also instilled hope and a renewed commitment to embracing the abilities of every child at Sanjeevani. Sister Silbiya and the entire Sanjeevani community look forward to continuing their mission of providing love, care, and opportunities for differently-abled children.

 

2 Comments

  1. Ann Palatty

    There is no word as DISABILITY. Every human being is capable in her or his own style. I have proud and fond memories of Sanjeevani as that was one of the fulfilment of my dreams. Congratulations for organising such a marvellous event.

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  2. Linda Soltis, SCN

    The smiles of the children were evident. May God continue to bless this much needed ministry. Thank you for all that you are doing to make it all possible.

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