TAMIL NADU

Physically challenged find it timely

P.S. Suresh Kumar

A gesture extended by a non-governmental organisation



Nagercoil: A ray of hope seems to have brighten up as many as 80 physically handicapped persons, including women (50 per cent), who were affected severely after tsunami hit the coastal areas of the district, thanks to the timely action taken by a non-governmental organisation based in Nagercoil. Centre for Social Reconstruction extended financial assistance to them to undertake economic activities. Of the 80 physically handicapped persons, now 90 percent of them were earning Rs.3000 each per month. They can provide quality education to their wards. For example, Alex Ruban (23), son of Joseph, was residing in Arockiyapuram in Kanyakumari. Both the upper limbs and lower limbs were affected by polio even from his early boyhood and he could not walk normally. Besides this, owing to poverty in his family, he could not even continue his studies beyond standard 8.

In this stage tsunami which hit on the 26th of December 2004 ruined his village and Alex Ruban was very much affected by the tsunami both mentally and financially when Centre for Social Reconstruction, approached him he was persuaded to do some business. His aspirations, ability, potentials of that village were thoroughly discussed on various angles and it was decided that a bakery stall might have been set by him in his native village.

This business was initially started with the entire support of CSR by extending the financial assistance. When days were passing on, the business gradually developed under the continuous supervision and guidance of CSR and Alex Ruban’s untiring efforts.

His bakery was one among the best business organisations in that village. This youth was able to earn Rs.3000 per month.

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