A team of seven staff members from the National Association for the Blind (NAB) – Kashmir visited Ashirvad Trust for the Disabled (ATD), Sayla on 21st March, 2016 to learn from the extensive experience of ATD team in working with rural and backward regions of the country.
Warmly welcoming the team from Kashmir, staff of Ashirvad trust offered comprehensive training for various activities like:
· Community -based rehabilitation
· Role of the field worker, especially in rural and backward areas
· Role and functioning of CBR workers, supervisors and recourse persons
· How to survey and compile relevant information regarding types of disabilities, rehabilitation, personal visits from village to village; how to counsel and convince the villagers to send their wards for education and training.
The team was also taken to 5 villages including – Dhandalpur, Boondiya wada, Dhajad, Titoda and Avangadh, for a first hand experience of dealing with the rural poor. They were trained to meet and coordinate with the village Sarpanch (head), organize Self- Help Group meetings and employment fairs.
The team was also taken to Dhajala village’s Usha Silai School for the Disabled and taught to interact with the disabled women in the school.
NAB Kashmir staff members were then taken to Gundiyawada Disabled Persons Home and trained to compile information about various (State) Government Schemes and National Trust Schemes offered to the disabled.
NAB Kashmir members were extremely grateful for the generous and whole-hearted support and training offered to them by the staff at Ashirvad Trust, Sayla.