Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Batteries not included

When we first bought the wheelchair from Ability Plus , Gillingham Kent, we never thought it would last so long...



It was clear that the two brothers cherished the wheelchair since we first handed it over to the family via the appropriate 'channels of authority'.
                                                   
                                                       Check some of the story here !

By using these 'channels of authority' we seemed to have prevented its theft so far !

We used the local  ' Meme Saab '  - related to the minister for agriculture . It seems to be the wheel chair is associated with her donation ( rather than ours as Westerners) , and people seem reluctant to upset the Meme Saab because of the influence.
 
 But who's to say what is going on other than we are blessed. In a society as old and complex as in rural India - we can just say that we are blessed . The wheelchair still works ! ... but alas the battery is dead (again !)

Time for a new battery !

Make way for the 'Bright futures workshop!!'



Brighter Future Workshop is a social enterprise and a charity which exists to enhance the lives of people who are disabled. Set up in 2005 in the north of England to provide training and social inclusion for young people with disabilities, to help give them a brighter future. Trainees work alongside experienced technicians and mentors, learning hands-on skills in basic mechanical and electronic engineering, and gaining accreditation. BFW’s unique combination of work experience and job coaching helps build confidence, competence and self-esteem.



Not only that ! .. but they are cost effective. I told Valetta (the wheelchair manufacturers) the story of Hanumanesh and Sammy - they quoted me almost 300 GBP for a battery ! 

Bright futures workshop said , they could make their own .. their price 88 GBP (with delivery ).

So for this Christmas  - buy a candles made by disabled communities in India and trying to raise 100 GBP  -  to purchase a wheelchair battery from Bright Futures Workshop and trying to find a way to get it to India .



Any ideas ?

Please request a candle from this email address. wholegraincharity@hotmail.co.uk

We will get the Christmas candle to you - make a donation - and follow the story. More background is available below from previous blogs... 

Calcutta Works..  light the way.





 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Thanks for all those that made it happen.



Hi  and thanks to everyone who helped make the Hannumanali trip happen.



Thanks to Marion Main ( right) , Consultant Physiotherapist at St. Ormond street children's hospital London. You were an asset to the town and people of Anagundi and Hannumanali in India for your productive and engaging style. Thanks Marion, on so many levels for the week you spent there a town of more positive things were left to observe.



Firstly , Marion’s ability to recognize what was realistic in her perception of physical and mental disability in children and adults. This was true for me from what i observed on physio and therapist level . Marion's ability to critique strategy and match it to limited resources a village or town may have access to was something I have never seen work so effectively.. so humanly, but with the certainty of expertise.