As one works for charities you get so very much involved in keeping the project going, advancing day by day, month by month, year by year. Oh yes, there are goals, short term, long term, mostly they revolve very closely around the funding, the structures, the quality, to provide for the cause, to further the work, to help the beneficiaries.
Our work with REWA always centered around special needs children, of which we have quite a few in Ladakh, many of them with CP, hemiplegia and other neurological disorders. I started working in Ladakh 2003, so during the course of 20 years I have seen many, many children. Some of them have grown up, other are just starting with early intervention. Some children remain in focus, they keep coming back for treatment, even as young adult, some of them disappear. We do not keep track.
That is the reason we were so very much surprised once Rinchen Angmo showed up middle of march 2023.Suddenly she appeared in the REWA office, asking to volunteer for REWA as a teachers aid. She had been an long term patient for many years, with bilateral spastic CP. Our physios Rinchen, Chuskit and Kunzang treated her for her neurological problems. Then she vanished. When she reappeared, she asked to help. She had completed her schooling, has a Bachelor in arts and Master in sociology from the Indra Gandhi national open University. She walks with a cane, and she immediately started working.
This is a development I had never anticipated. It baffled me and moved me to tears. There is more to it all, the work I started outgrew me and my goals. This country and its people are incredible. But this is what it is all about: To see that the disabled are able, that they can live a successful, fulfilled life if given the opportunity along with encouragement and guidance. Again, my heart received a motivational push, an encouragement, a spark to dream bigger, to believe more, to work harder and to trust the wonderful Ladakhi people to grow beyond their wildest expectations of the ability of their specially abled. They are so special!
Karola Wood, Founder
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