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ICRC brings smile to differently abled
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 23(NPN):
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Published on 24 Jun. 2010 12:34 AM IST
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It was but all smiles on the faces of two brothers Meren and Sunep after receiving wheel chairs from International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today.
The gift was handed over to the two children with special needs (CWSN) by a team of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland led by its General Secretary Zakie Kire and Dr. Seyiekietuo Co-Convenor, Relief & Medical Committee IRCSN including Diganta Bujarbaruah, Cooperation Field Officer, ICRC, Kholie Dolf, Member Managing Committee IRCSN and member Helena Yeptho at a simple function held at Centre for Children With Special Needs, Cherry Blossoms School, Lire colony.
Like many other CWSN, the two brothers Meren (28) and Sunep (25) were deprived of the comfort of any other normal men and have the difficulties of sitting on normal chairs and mostly confined their time on the bed. They were purely dependent on their mother Toshila and sister Bendang. The wheel chairs they received today will surely improve their comfort and mobility and keep them away from the bed.
IRCN team also handed over two other specially designed wheel chairs to the Centre which was attached with Cherry Blossom School and run by the Cherry Blossom Society.
The special gifts were sent from Delhi by ICRC through the IRCSN, following the assurance given by Achille Pie Claude Otou Essono, ICRC Official who visited the Cherry Blossom Centre for CWSN earlier this year.
Addressing the occasion, IRCSN General Secretary Zakie Kire admitted that Red Cross Society came late as it was not aware about the existence of the centre earlier. “We need to lots of things for the special children”, he said and expressed happiness that it could do something good.
On the other hand, he also expressed regret that Dimapur District Rehabilitation Centre remained stagnant due to fund constrain but at the same time assured that with the help coming from the ICRC, it will be made fully functional by the end of this year or early next year.
Further, he also assured that the problem of conveyance for ferrying children from home to the centre which was expressed during the earlier meeting with parents will be solved as early as possible. “Seeing the need of our children, we’ll try to give our best”, he added.
Dr. Seyiekietuo, Co-Convenor Relief and Medical Committee IRCSN who also spoke on the occasion admitted on lack of awareness of centre and stressed the need to create more awareness to the society so that other CWSN can also avail the facilities.
He also lauded Cherry Blossom Society, the School and staffs and congratulated them for the yeomen service to the needy and termed it as missionary work.
Headmistress of the Cherry Blossom School and centre Purnima Kayina said that the centre was started in 2007 with just three CWSN children.
The number increased to 7 in 2008 and 14 in 2009. Centre has today 25 CWSN out of the students of 135 in the school which has up to Class VIII and 17 teachers.
Cherry Blossom Society which runs school and CWSN centre also presently provides the services of Physiotherapy, clinical assessment to CWSN, Home based education, Alternative schooling for never enrolled and dropout children.

 
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