Mobility Equipment for the Needs of the Disabled

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Hope Disability Centre, Srinagar, Wayil, Ganderbal, Kashmir, India

In a rural village 35kms from the summer capital, Srinagar, MEND has helped our partner; Hope Centre, to build and run a modern rehabilitation centre that is quickly establishing itself as an innovative and effective place for disabled children to regain their mobility and independence. 

Hope Disability Centre
Sami Wani (Executive Director)
GPO Box 970 Srinagar
Kashmir, India 190001
Phone: mob. 9419901605 - office. 0194 2419 536

26 August - 'Opening of residential and post surgery care hostel has come as a relief to Ghulam Haider, who is a carpenter by profession as his son Asif Haider,14, required continuous rehabilitation services after he received CTEV (club foot deformity) corrective surgery.  Ghulam Haider said, "Initially I could not afford medical treatment for my son Asif that is why his condition left unattended for almost 13 years. It was in June 2011 that my friend Click for More

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18 August - Mubeena, is a beneficiary of Hope Disability Centre, Kashmir, we have visited several times to her home and she was coming to HDC in 2008-09 for rehabilitation.. During that year we used to pick and drop the beneficiaries. She came her with a walker on top of our HDC van. Now she is able to walk with a walking stick after suffering for 18 years.  

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Click to enlarge 30 July 2011 - Ganga and Rob visited the new Hope Centre in Kupwara, Kashmir yesterday and were pleased to see it will be soon inaugurated. A number of items remain to be finished so that the building can open soon. But great to see that already the 4 fulltime Hope staff, funded by Handicap International support, are busy identifying and assessing and referring patients from this Kupwara centre for treatment. ALTSO sourced the funds (about US$25000) from the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation to build this Centre. Link to Hope Kupwara Page
Hope Centre Visitors Information Hope Centre Volunteer Application Form Hope Kashmir Financial Report 2009-2010

Hope Outreach Project - Kupwara - click for more information

In 2007, the Hope Centre began an outreach project in the Kupwara District; a remote farming district near the Indo-Pakistan border that has had 17 years of militancy and also damage from the 2005 earthquake. This effort was sponsored by the Abilis Foundation with a generous grant of $15,000.

Progress so far includes: Assessed 500 disabled persons. Rehabilitated 75 kids and youth. . Provided wheelchairs, crutches, callipers & prostheses to 60 beneficiaries.. Organised 17 cases for corrective surgery. Provided special schooling and regular physiotherapy. Set up skills' training of members, supported by a micro-loan scheme

If the local community donates Hope suitable land a permanent Centre will be built in Kupwara in 2009.

Future Rehabilitation Centres in Kashmir

MEND's goal is to have a rehabilitation centre in every district in the Kashmir Valley. There are 10 districts. Each rehabilitation centre would have two physiotherapists. We could help 1000 new children every year. Because of the ongoing conflict in the Kashmir Valley, there are few medical centres left. There are an estimated 200 physiotherapists, and no jobs for them. With a relatively small investment, we could put these physios to work and greatly improve thousands of lives in the Kashmir Valley. 

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MEND: Mobility Equipment for the Needs of the Disabled Kerikeri, New Zealand e-mail:  2011