International Day of PwDs observed in Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/3/2020 1:15:40 PM IST

Along with the rest of the world, the International Day of Person with Disabilities (PwDs) was observed in Mokokchung and Dimapur on December 3. 

Mokokchung: In Mokokchung, the programme was held under the theme, “Not all disabilities are visible” at Ongpangkong Salang Hall Mokokchung, with SE (PHED) Mokokchung circle Er. T. Bendang as special guest on December 3. 

According to DIPR report, Er. T. Bendang called upon all to give public awareness and acceptance of the disabilities or differently abled persons in society. He said that one should celebrate on the achievement and contributions made by the disabled persons to societies.

EAC Mokokchung nodal officer, SVEEP, Mokokchung, Zerutso, called upon the PwDs who have attained 18 years of age to enroll in electoral roll and take part in election process by casting their vote in the election.

Imchawati Kichu advisor MDDF gave the keynote address in the programme chaired by Atila Children co-ordinator. Welcome note was given by Arenli Jamir DDPO project co-ordinator, special prayer by S. Daniel Ao pastor NCRC and vote of thanks by Imkongnungchet Kichu president MDDF. Special gift were distributed to all the PwDs. Programme was organized by Mokokchung District Disabled Forum (MDDF) in collaboration with Care and Support Society and district election office Mokokchung.

Prodigals’ Home & CIHSR: Prodigals’ Home and Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Researches (CIHSR) organised a commemoration programme under the theme, “building back better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world, by, for and with persons with disability” at Chakroma Public Organization (CPO) hall, Chümoukedima, Dimapur, supported by Philanthropic Initiatives Pvt. Ltd and CIHSR Azim Premji.

According to a press release, clinical psychologist, CIHSR,  Imlibenla Mungro stressed on the “by, for & with” part of the theme and said that empowering PwDs by PWDs themselves has more weight, while drawing the example of state commissioner for PwDs, Nagaland, Diethono Nakhro.

Mungro said that people must first accept that they were all disabled in one way or the other, and only then they could work more effectively with PwDs. She said that besides other disabilities, mental illness was a functional disability which was glaringly ignored and that when ignored can develop into an illness and consequently a disability.

Mungro lamented that media did negligible or no coverage about the issues of persons with disability though persons with disabilities were and are being affected severely. 

Director of Prodigals’ Home, K. Ela presented on “together we can” and appealed for inclusivity for PwDs opposed to the exclusivity which is more prevalent in our present society. She appealed the schools, colleges, churches and public institutions/places to be more accessible to PwDs and provide equal opportunities and accessibilities so that their dreams and ambitions materialise. Ela also thanked Diethono Nakhro for taking forward the cause of PwDs. Meanwhile, other highlights of the day’s programme were keynote address by Diethono Nakhro, short speeches by DC Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan and director CIHSR, Dr. Sedevi Angami. Alika & Co (all visually impaired) presented a song and “voices of persons with disability”. Earlier, staff of Prodigals’ Home Kedingunuo Sechu chaired the programme, invocation and benediction pronounced by associate pastor, Chümoukedima Town Baptist Church, Kezhalelhou Shiiya and Pastor, Lotha Baptist Church, Chümoukedima, N. Thungchio. 

FSMA: Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels (FSMA) observed the day at Angel Home with the special children and their parents at Signal Angami, Dimapur. 

A press release by FSMA stated that, Rev. Fr. Jenson the rector of St. Vincent’s Seminary led the gathering into prayer and in his short message encouraged the parents not to give up hope but believe in the abilities of their children. Sister Riya explained the types of disabilities which enabled the parents to know the disabilities of their children.  Sister expressed that they were amazing in their own ways and parents should see the abilities of their children and help them to develop. Sister Tejohonu welcomed the gathering. Some short video clips of persons with disabilities who achieved their goals were shown, which inspired the parents and the children. Parents of the children also came forward to share their experiences which encouraged other parents. Lilongla conducted the event.


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