Sympathy is the last thing that people with physical and mental disabilities need. What they desire is to be treated as normal beings like you and me, without making them feel ‘special’ or ‘different.’ We need to change our perceptions of disability as every human being faces limitations in field or the other. On the other hand, even those considered disabled may perform better than others in a particular field. Therefore, disability is mostly a matter of perception. Great tennis player Martina Navratilova had once said a wonderful thing about disability. She said, “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone. ”
Sewajyoti is a firm believer in the abilities of the so called disabled people. Our programmes for them are conducted keeping in mind one objective, and that is to assist them in dealing with their physical and mental problems just the way an ordinary patient’s disease is dealt with. No assistance; physical, financial or otherwise, is justified if it is provided with a sense of obligation and if it hurts their self-respect. Sewajyoti treats them as equal partners and works as a friend to tackle their limitations.
The organization has conducted many camps for the handicapped in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and the response we received from the attendees has often been heartening. While Sewajyoti runs such activities in Rajasthan, its associated trust Narbada Devi Morarka Charitable Trust organizes them in Uttar Pradesh.
Sewajyoti had organized a large camp in Nawalgarh for the handicapped in 2004 in cooperation with Kalyanam Karoti, a social service organization based in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Hundreds of handicapped persons were benefitted with this camp where 25 artificial limbs, 107 calipers, 162 baisakhis, 110 tricycles, 18 wheel chairs, 37 hearing machines and 6 elbow sticks were distributed and 78 disabled were issued disability certificates.
Series of relief camps for the disabled
On 14th July 2006, another handicapped camp was organized in Jhunjhunu district where in 150 tricycles, 100 hearing aids, 35 calipers, 150 baisakhis, 10 wheel chairs, 10 walking sticks and 10 elbow sticks were distributed. Sewing machines were given to 31 handicapped persons to encourage them to start tailoring work and earn for themselves.
On 9 February, 2007, a similar camp was organized in Jhunjhunu where in 82 tricycles, 15 hearing aids, 3 calipers and other aids were distributed. In the same year, another camp was organized from 11 to 13 September in Churu where 109 tricycles, 37 wheel chairs, 47 baisakhis, 46 hearing machines, 51 calipers and 33 wheel chairs were distributed.
On the other hand Narbada Devi Morarka Charitable Trust had been organizing camps for the disable in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh. Kalyanam Karoti and Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Jaipur provided their cooperation in successful organization of these camps on 13-14th June 2000, 17-20th October 2001 and 19th November 2002. Hundreds of necessary equipments and aids were provided to the disabled during these camps and a few hundred disability certificates were distributed.