Cerebral Palsy


samvedana, latur, cerebral palsy, rehabilitation, jankalyan samiti, vivekanand medical foundation & research centreHandicapped children are a great cause of concern for parents. Such parents have to carry the piles of sorrow on their head throughout their life. Their heart breaks at every moment while witnessing the fact that their children cannot lead a normal life like the other ones. Samvedana rehabilitation centre has come to the rescue of such children that enables them lead a normal life by boosting their confidence. All parents have a dream that their child should excel in every walk of life. However, destiny plays a cruel game with some people. Suresh Patil is one such victim; his son was born with multiple physical disorders. However, instead of grieving over the issue, Mr and Mrs Patil began to discover the way through which their son can stand on his own feet. One thing they realized was that their son is not sick; he is disabled. Like various kinds of other disabilities, this can also be overcome and their son can also become self sufficient to a maximum extent. Mr and Mrs Patil initiated research in this direction and came to knew that their child has been hit by cerebral palsy; a disorder caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. While thinking about the needs of their own child, Patil  was moved by the plight of similar such affected children in the society. What can be done so that along with our own child, these children will also get an equal right to live like the other normal children in the society ? This question struck their mind and this gave birth to a unique rehabilitation centre in the name SAMVEDANA for cerebral palsy-hit children in Latur.

 At this school, these children get homely love; their passion for life is triggered and talents are rectified. The school that was started along with just three children has a strength of 25 at present. There are a number of government run schools for handicapped but the number of schools for children hit by cerebral palsy is quite low. Taking this fact into account, SAMVEDANA Rehabilitation Centre was opened. samvedana, latur, cerebral palsy, rehabilitation, jankalyan samiti, vivekanand medical foundation & research centre Along with the education, they get one more important thing here and that is self sufficiency to stand on own feet. For this, their self confidence is boosted and physical stamina is increased. Children love to stay here because of the affection. They are treated with utmost care and belongingness. Children come to school by a school van. After the prayer, Suryanamaskar and other physical exercises are taught. As per the requirement of the individual child, massage and physiotherapy are given. Efforts are made so that the child can maintain his balance and stand on his own feet. With the help of walker or with somebodies help, children become self sufficient to stand and walk slowly. A lot of feelings are hidden in their heart but due to the lack of speech, those cannot be expressed. Hence, in order to get them expressed, speech therapy is given and that too through the medium of games and entertainment. By playing small and simple games, they learn to speak and recognize letters and numbers. Their tongue is very stiff and its indeed a herculean task to make it flexible for utterance. However, with great patience, the teachers here accomplish this task and make these children earn the right to speak. Their thoughts are channelized so that they can easily express their feelings. By showing various objects, they are taught to recognize colours and move the fingers. Because of this, slowly, their fingers start moving on the keyboard. Food is fed by the teachers only. Teachers look after their meals with a great sense of belongingness. After the classroom session is over, children are given the work of their own choice. This includes gardening, cleaning the premises, planting the saplings, watering the plants, etc through which they derive utmost pleasure. Each child works as per his physical capacity. Teachers also render selfless service for the welfare of these kids. Earlier, the centre was run by the Patil duo alone but now there are 8 to 10 teachers here. In spite of having their own children, they devote their precious time for teaching at the centre. Along with school, training is also necessary for these kids at their homes. Hence the counseling of parents is also done by the centre. These children don’t want our sympathy or mercy; what they want is just our sensitivity towards them. SAMVEDANA has boosted the confidence of such children to touch the sky who earlier did not even know to move their fingers.


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ABRAR (Specifications)

THE REVOLUTIONARY DEVICE ‘ABRAR’ (Audio Book Reader And Recorder) Developed by Samadrishti,Kshamata Vikas Evam Anusandhan Mandal (‘SAKSHAM’) for VISUALLY CHALLENGED

Visually impaired people in India face many problems during their studies when they use gadgets like cassette player, CD player, Computer, Digital player or any other text reading accessible system. Most of the devices available for visually impaired so far are English Text Readers and unaffordable to them hence are less suitable to Indian students learning in their vernacular language. Considering this SAKSHAM developed a special device ‘ABRAR’ to make their book reading comfortable, without the bar of any language, having quick and random access to any subject and lesson of their choice, and above all with recording facility. The ABRAR is first of its kind, designed in India.

Though abbreviation for ‘Audio Book Reader And Recorder’ the word ‘ABRAR’ also depicts the meaning ‘Devoted to God’, ‘Faithful’, ‘Right minded’ in Arabic and ‘Truthful people’, ‘Saint’ in Pashtun. As if a blessing from The God this pocket size special device for visually challenged makes their reading comfortable due to the following features–

  • ABRAR is the best replacement for all the gadgets mentioned above.
  • Dimensions – Length = 135 mm, Width = 70 mm, Thickness = 24 mm, Weight (without battery) = 122 gm
  • Provides random access to any book or chapter / customized track stored in the Multimedia Memory Card (MMC) with fast forward, backward,pause facility.
  • The audio file format supported includes MP3, WMA and WAV in Stereo channel.
  • With maximum Storage capacity up to 16 GB, may give 240 hours for highest bit rate to 4400 hours for lowest bit rate on MP3.
  • Voice prompts and Audio books for any curriculum, standard, can be recorded in any language.
  • Easy access to tracks with only 8 Braille embossed buttons and voice menu support.
  • Normally works on AC power. For alternate power source two pencil cell batteries (Alkaline, AA rechargeable NiMH, NiCd, etc.) can be used.
  • BOOK MARKING and CHAPTER MARKING facility available.
  • VOICE RECORDING with built-in or external mike.
  • Speed of reading can be raised to 2x X.
  • Library Setup Can be used by individual by attaching headphones/earplugs as personal setup, or by a group as a library setup, using amplispeakers or SAKSHAM created Audio Distributor with provision for 10 headphones.
  • For personal use the ABRAR is supplied with 2 GB SD memory card, mains adapter, a set of headphones, and a soft case.
  • For library (Group hearing) setup ABRAR is supplied with 4 GB SD memory card, an audio distributor with 10 headphone jacks and a plastic box in place of soft case is provided


Ladakh Trek 2008

Sewa International organised a high altitude trek to Ladakh again for 2008 from 24th August to 13th September 2008.  

Satish Shah, Trek Co-ordinator Reports.


  • This trek is graded D, similar to Mt Kilimanjaro, but Stok Kangri is graded E.
  • The group has raised £31,541, and the trip itself was self-financed.


11 students and recent graduates arrived in Rishikesh and stayed at the Paramath Ashram. Voluntary work was undertaken in teaching and food serving. They spent two days at Divya Prem Sewa Mission, teaching and interacting with the youth.


17 participants arrived in Manali, altitude 2000m, after a tiring 16 hour journey. We visited two ancient temples of Hidamba ( wife of Bhim ) and Vashistha Kund (Kul Guru of Raghu Dynasty in Ramayan ) which has a hot spring pool. Day 3 – Crossed over Rohtang Pass 3985m, to Jespa 2550m for the night.

Day 4 – Crossed Baralacha Pass 4650m to Sarchu 4300m. Sarchu was cold, having spent the night in tents.

Day 5 began with snow fall and poor visibility. We made a late start crossing Lachulung La Pass 5065m and Taglang La pass 5317m, arriving safely in Leh.

Day 6 – Met Sewa officials and visited a nursery school, a primary school, and a boarding school. We were fortunate to perform Sindhu Darshan on the Sindhu River (river Indus). Our Hindu name was given by foreigners based on the ancient civilisation in the Sindhu river valley. The temperature in Leh was cool at an altitude of 3500m. This part of the trip was also for essential altitude acclimatisation.


Day 7 – Commenced trek to Rambuk Village, 3500m, a gentle 6 hour walk. The village is entirely eco friendly. En route we met a large group of 35 trekkers from Scotland. Day 7 was a steep challenging 8 hour walk, crossing over Stok La pass 4900m and stopping at Lower Stok La range, 4200m, for the night.

Day 8 was relaxing with a gentle acclimatising walk to the near by hills. In the late afternoon it started to snow heavily and the students and our guides engaged in a lively snowball fight. A couple of our group members were feeling mild altitude sickness.

Day 9 – Made an early start to the Stok Kangri base camp 5000m. Unfortunately, 1 member of the group decided to return to Leh due to severe altitude sickness. In the late afternoon we walked up to 5250m.

Day 10 – arrived at Advanced Base Camp 5300m to witness a beautiful sunset. It was very cold and after some food we retired early to our sleeping bags. It was a success as all 16 spent the night at such a high altitude.

Day 11 – As this was the summit day, wake up call was at midnight and 15 of us set off at 01.00am, well wrapped up and slowly inching forward by torch light. The air was thin and at around 5600m 2 members retired due to extreme cold. The rest were pushing forward and Shane Parmar was first to summit just after 8.30am. He was followed by 9 others including pensioner Rati Shah at the young age of 66. Another 3 made it to 6030m. Everyone arrived safely back to the camp.

Day 12 – 7 hour walk to Stok village and drive to Leh. In the evening we met up with local Sewa volunteers for prayers and a celebration dinner.

Day 13 – Early flight to Delhi, followed by a visit to a local Sewa project, a multi purpose centre near a large slum. The centre has a medical dispensary, crèche, nursery, and classes in sewing, makeup, beauty, computers etc. Next we visited Matru Chhayaa, a centre where newly born abandoned babies are provided with loving care and attention and then adoption with families is organized under strict conditions and rules for the adoptee family. Next we visited another learning centre in a large slum by the railway line.

The whole trip was an eye opener to Sewa charity work and its dedicated volunteers, and an ultimate personal endurance challenge climbing Stok Kangri.

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