Aiding the DEAF Community

Speaking Hands Welfare Foundation, India

Indrajit Banerjee on May 22, 2018 in Health & Sanitation

Being born with impairments of any sorts is not what one chooses for themselves because one is never authorised to bring into act these tragic, forlorn decisions. The plight of the people suffering from visual impairments, the people who are not bestowed with the blessing of verbal communication and the people who suffer from hearing disorders or are deaf is something which is of sheer disconsolation. They somewhat tend to fall under the canopy of discrimination that the society paves  for them , the same very society that seems to neglect their presence and often considers them as a factor of burden, backfoot  for  societal growth and progress.  India has 70 million persons with disability, according to conservative estimates, and18 percent of India's persons with disabilities have a hearing impairment, as per Census 2011. This would mean that India arguably has the largest deaf population in the world. The scenario of development of the deaf in India is extremely poor. It is a matter of deep regret that the majority of the deaf persons in India lack access to basic necessities of life, not to mention access to higher education especially in the field of science and technology.

It is not that every individual in the society is indifferent to the plight of the impaired counterparts, some do stand up to alleviate them of their sufferings. As Shannon L. Alder rightly states “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”  Believing in the motto of “Nothing is Impossible”, Speaking Hands Welfare Foundation (SHWF) was established in the year 2012 by a group of social workers working in remote areas of Rajpura, Punjab with the focus to contribute towards the development and betterment of the DEAF community.  The foundation strives to empower deaf persons and enable them to lead successful lives as active participants in the socio-economic process.  The basic programmes included generation of awareness for the need to empower deaf persons with a scientific outlook and also providing facilities to uplift their living standards.

In the quest of lifting up people and the society in the process clubbed with steeping forward and reaching out with assistance SHWF principally focuses on their primary objectives like to facilitate holistic development of deaf children and youth, to expand career options for deaf youth, building their confidence and self-esteem in order to make them effective team members at the work place, providing skills, knowledge and experience required to ensure success in their chosen career path. To reduce economic inequality SHWF provides the deaf youths vocational training so that they can be fruitful in their job ventures alongside providing them with simple income generating measures partnered by local voluntary organizations, who extend their support for the same.  Parallel to these goes health awareness sessions and camps thereby gifting a better state of health and life to the youths. Activities doesn’t get restricted to these only, in order of an all-round holistic development  members are escalated into venturing into domains of various forms of art and culture including drawing, painting, dance, crafting, sculpting, acting thus facilitating SHWF to celebrate the  national festivities with all its colours and lights combined with enormous exultation from its youths and volunteers. Boosting the productivity scenario SHWF is engaged in embroidering and selling a wide variety of woollen shawls, kurtis of various sizes, textures, patterns and designs, bags, exquisite paintings, boxes and penholders. All these products are creatively designed by their seasoned craftsmen, keeping the diverse requirements of the clients and the current market trends in mind. Volunteers actively join hands to be a part of this highly appreciated initiative driven by the envisaged outcomes of the foundation.

SHWFs path gets paved with achievements including a good number of students from their institute securing decent employment. The current measures this organization are taking and the activities in particular in which they are indulged into seems that they are weaving a good positive result for not only the people of Punjab but for our nation as well. This is a cause which certainly requires a unanimous support from people of all strata and certainly with the active efforts of groups like SHWF we can blindly believe into the sweet fact that things are traversing the positive trajectory.

To read more about the inspirational work they are doing, visit Speaking Hands Welfare Foundation (SHWF) today!

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