Uddin Mian (35) of Selhara village under Chouparan block (Hazaribag) was a skilled mason and eligible to run his family at ease. About 8 years ago, he fell down from a building and both of his legs became paralyzed. Since then he was on bed and dependent. It was frustrating as Uddin couldn’t afford better treatment and became hopeless for any change. Sometimes he thought to commit suicide even.
In the year 2011, Mr. Radha Raman (CBR worker) has contacted Uddin Mian on behalf of Cross CBR project by NBJK with support from Sightsavers, Kolkata. He motivated this broken man to revive step by step, started physiotherapy and trained Uddin’s wife also as a co-therapist. Gradually Uddin has resumed activities of daily life independently and could bring back the confidence he lost earlier.
He was supported to get Aadhaar card, medical certificate, pension, tricycle, crutches etc. and encouraged to form a self-help group in his village. Presently, Uddin is the treasurer of this SHG and organized other people with disabilities. After consultation with his family members, he decided to open a petty shop in front of his house and got a small amount as seed capital to initiate. Now Uddin runs the shop and participates in community affairs. He is an active member of the Disable People’s Organization at block level and contributes to the promotion of rights & advocacy for other people like him. I feel thankful to the entire team of NBJK that supported me and my family to live again with dignity, Uddin Mian says.