Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Tata Steel provides assistive aids to physically challenged


Noamundi, Dec 3: December 3 is celebrated as International Day of Persons with Disabilities every year, to mark the challenges, barriers and opportunities of those with disabilities and also as an occasion to direct the efforts of the global community towards a more inclusive society. The theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilitiesthis year is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

In the view of above, Tata Steel Foundation in collaboration with Women and Child Development department, Government of Jharkhand celebrated the special day at SABAL Centre today. During the occasion 29 assistive aids were handed over by the dignitaries to the Divyangjans (PwDs) that are wheel chair, crutch, walking stick, white cane and also distributed Multi-Sensory Inclusive Educational (MSIED) kit which is a unique and innovative kit designed for children with special needs suffering from Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down syndrome and other such mental disabilities and special needs.

The distribution camp for assistive aids by Tata Steel Foundation and Women and Child Development department, Government of Jharkhand to Divyangans (PwDs) started on November 29, 2021. The Drawing associated to Divyangans made by the students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Prof. Abdul Bari Memorial high School and Residential Bridge course, Noamundi was the centre of attraction for the people.

Shrish Shekhar, Chief, Noamundi Iron Mine, Tata Steel graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, Dr Dhirendra Kumar, Chief Medical Officer, Tata Steel Hospital was the Guest of Honour and GT Reddy, General Secretary, Noamundi Mazdoor Union present as the Special Guest.

The programme was organised under the guidance of Anil Oraon, Head CSR, OMQ Division, Tata Steel, Tulsidas Ganvir, Unit Head, Tata Steel Foundation and Santu Das, Shivendra Singh, Manju Sharma from SABAL Centre. 

It may be noted here that SABAL Initiative completes its 4 years today. It was conceived in 2017 by Tata Steel CSR in partnership with Enable India, with the intent to engender an increased awareness for PwDs and work towards creating a sensitised environment that ensures equal rights and respect for the same. Starting initially in the form of a centre for capacity building of organisations working on disability, SABAL today has established itself as an ecosystem that has so far engaged more than 5,000 people and more than 50 government and private organisations.

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