Helping Children and Adults with Disabilities in Kashmir, India

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Wayil village, India via
Zubair Keen
hdcwayil [at] yahoo [dot] com
+91 (0)194 241-9536

The Hope Disability Centre in the tiny village of Wayil, north of Srinagar, has been helping children and adults with disabilities for over 10 years. They concentrate their efforts on helping  families in remote villages who struggle with disability. The most typical causes of disability here include polio (yes, still), rickets, cerebral palsy, and birth defects of many kinds. Help includes physical therapy, assistance in obtaining government aid, prosthetic and orthotic aids, and corrective surgery. Volunteers with medical skills are welcomed for work relating to clients, and volunteers with office skills are welcomed for work related to the website, newsletter, annual report, photos, and building maintenance. A separate self contained flat on the property overlooking the Sindh River has been built for volunteers.

The Hope Centre needs people who are good in an office, and good at Internet, and good at communications for helping to edit and proofread newsletters, annual reports, grant applications. The organisation also can use anyone skilled in medicine or physical therapy to assist with the rehabilitation of the children and adults with disability in Kashmir. Minimum age 21.
There is a minimum 2 week commitment for volunteers.
Basic computer skills, or basic office skills or willingness to help around the building doing or physiotherapy skills combined with fluency in English or Urdu or Kashmiri.
Updating the web site, making photocopies, taking photos and editing them, assisting with writing newsletters, e-mail updates, locating potential grants we can apply for, increasing our online visibility, assisting with the therapy given to the children and adults with disability, helping around the building.
Volunteers are asked for 30,000 Indian rupees per month. This includes pickup and drop off at Srinagar airport, food, and your own flat with kitchen and toilet overlooking the Sindh River. This amount includes a small donation to the operating costs of the Hope Centre.

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Next to Wayil Bridge, Wayil village, India

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