Initiatives for the differently-abled are few and far between, especially in India. Initiatives have been held in the recent past, and this fashion show for the differently-abled held in Punjab looks quite promising, reported the AFP News Agency.
In May 2018, a fashion show for the differently-abled was organised by the Narayana Seva Sansthan in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Models took to the ramp based on different categories like callipers, wheelchairs, crutches and artificial limbs, reported NDTV.
It was heartening to know that this was not the first instance of a fashion show for the differently-abled.
Last year, in December, the Business Standard reported an event called ‘Runway Inspiration’, supported by Goa Tourism Development Corporation, in which differently-abled children walked the ramp. Professional models and Bollywood celebrities shared the ramp with the kids during the show.
The Narayan Seva Sansthan was established in Udaipur in 1985, to serve patients belonging to the poorest sections of society. It provides facilities like free treatment for corrective surgery for patients suffering from polio and other birth difficulties.
The participants walked the ramp and even performed a few stunts!
The organisation provides around 1,100 bedded hospitals, where patients from all over the nation converge. The initiative rehabilitates the poor and the needy and the differently-abled by providing them skills through computer coaching, mobile repair coaching, sewing and tailoring classes.
The essence of the ‘Narayan Seva Sansthan’, is to provide free humanitarian services to the destitute, the differently-abled poor, and the needy people of the society.
And with a fashion show, the Sansthan has shown a unique way to support and empower the differently-abled in society. Kudos to the initiative and the participants!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)