Samridhi in collaboration with Shishu Sarothi organized a three day summer camp at the Shishu Sarothi premises from the 1st to the 3rd of July, 2018. This is a one of a kind summer camp held especially for children with disabilities.
Samridhi is an association formed by mothers of children with disabilities whose motive is to build a secure and brighter future for their children. Children with disabilities, upon turning into adults are often left with very few opportunities in life to grow, succeed or lead an independent life. Samridhi is the voice of such children, fighting for their fundamental right to livelihood. Due to lack of accessibility and job, livelihood and recreational facilities available for people with disabilities, people with disabilities miss out on an opportunity to lead a life of dignity and hence, they remain dependent throughout their life and succumb to depression.
The vision of these mothers is that of a centre where their children can learn basic livelihood skills, to grow, to develop and become independent enough to have some source of income to lead a dignified life. The mothers of children with disabilities seldom can invest their time in anything other than their children which leads to desolation. Samridhi also believes that there are activities such as craft, any field their children excel in and so on, which they can carry out along with their child, helping them gain financial independency as well as for their own engagement. So, Samridhi encourages the mothers to stand up with their children giving them an intention to lean on their own.
The aim behind this summer camp is inclusion. Very rarely do we get to see such recreational camps being held for children with disabilities giving then a platform to perform, to interact and to understand the importance of indulging in social activities. So with the idea of inclusion this is the second year of organizing such a camp where the children engage in fun activities such as aerobics, craft, music, food etc in these 3 days. Ex student of Shishu Sarothi, Anjan Jyoti Sarma was acknowledged and awarded for his academic success in HSLC examination this year.
The idea behind the camp is purely recreational and the children are encouraged to participate in all the activities and have a good time. As we know, recreational activities are very important for the furtherance of any child and are necessary for the growth, development and overall well being of children with disabilities and this is the agenda of Samridhi.