Association plants hope among special children - The New Indian Express

Association plants hope among special children

Published: 09th November 2013 10:36 AM

Last Updated: 09th November 2013 10:36 AM

A whiff of freshness greets all five senses as one walks into the annual garden fair organised by the Association of People with Disability (APD) at the Horticulture Training Unit in Jeevanbhimanagar.

Over 350 varieties of plants and herbs,  grown by differently-abled children, are on display at the exhibition.

The association has been involved in nurturing the abilities of persons with disabilities since 1959, through education, vocational training, therapy, community-based rehabilitation and employment programmes.

Gardening has been one of the most successful vocations for the differently-abled. Executive Director of APD,

Basavaraju, says, “Our staff work closely with special children in rural areas to provide them with required training and education to make them independent. They also set up a platform for the children to express their potential.”

He says families, that once belittled the disabled, are now opening up to the potential of their special children. Basavaraju said the government and the corporate sectors need to engage actively in developing vocational skills of these children. “It is not enough to sanction money for the cause,” he added.

Shenkaramma(14) came to APD 10 months ago from Bijapur. She had studied till class five but had to stop education due to Polio.

“I am undergoing training in horticulture and cookery. I like cooking as well as watering and trimming plants,” she says.

Her father, who accompanied her to Jeevanbhimanagar to witness his daughter’s progress, said with pride, “I did not know my daughter could take care of herself, let alone taking care of plants.”

Fair to Showcase Organic Products 

Bangalore: BioFach, India Organic and the Department of Agriculture and International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) are organising a trade fair from November 14 to 16 in the city.

 As many as 82 private exhibitors and 23 international buyers from Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Berlin, USA, Indonesia and South Korea are part of the event that aims to “connect consumers to the organic way of life”. The event will also feature live cookery sessions, farmer programmes, awareness programmes for children and consumer connect programmes by organisations like “Nature on my Plate”.

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