The Voluntary Medicare Society (VMS) in collaboration with Zooni Welfare Trust and Falah Art Centre today started a Vocational Training programme for specially-abled persons and adolescent people with varying degrees of disabilities to enable them to earn their livelihood and empower them economically. Farkhanda Abrar, of Falah Art Centre, the coordinator of the programme said that as in the general population, there are strong gender and geographic differences among people with disabilities; women and girls in rural areas are often the most disadvantaged. The situation in Kashmir is no different for such people, Farkhanda said at the inaugural function. Earlier Dr Maqbool also opened the art exhibition comprising of art works of differently abled persons. Asma Goni, who heads Zooni Welfare Trust, showed different art pieces to the visitors and provided details about the utilization of waste products like paper, used matchsticks, discarded bangles, old clothes, gunny bags etc in making different art pieces and utility items like hand bags, pen holders, mobile holders.
Dr Mir Muhammad Maqbool, founder and President, Voluntary Medicare Society, which runs the Shafaqat School for Special Children and Shafaqat Rehab Centre, speaking on the occasion said that the VMS has been making all out efforts to help the patients reporting at the centre with varying degrees of disabilities to get trained to earn their own livelihood so that they are dependent on none.
He referred to Farkhand's own case who after treatment at the Rehab centre received professional training in creating wonderful art pieces. Robertangelo Ciccone, Physical Rehab Program Manager of ICRC, who spoke on the occasion lauded the program partners for the effort and hoped that the objectives are achieved. He along with Dr Mir Maqbool distributed some gifts among the 1st batch of trainees.