EmPOWER, an NGO formed under the aegis of Joy Lall Memorial Educational Society has planned a mega Carnival Fest, EmPOWER-Joy, filled with music, games, rides, thematic activities, dances, a fashion show, performances by comedians and singers, tattoo artists, food stalls, to give children with special needs a day of fun.
The carnival will be held at Lake Club, Chandigarh on December 12 from 10 am to 7 pm. It is open to the public. It is a fund-raiser, supported by the UT and Haryana Administration, along with many private sponsors who believe in the cause, to raise funds for projects for special children.
“EmPOWER wishes to contribute and work for social awareness and sensitisation, a project to amalgamate special and differently-abled children with mainstream society and increase interaction with people,’’ explains Bharti Kapoor, a psychologist, who has been working with children with learning disabilities for decades.
She notes how because of lack of parent-support groups, well-defined programmes, awareness, many children face a lack of education, exposure, opportunities and a chance to live a dignified life.
“We want to enhance awareness levels through a lively way, where the children are able to come out of their shells and also make parents aware of the need to take remedial measures early on in childhood and cater to their special needs,” adds Bhinder, who believes that with so many options of alternative careers now, these children need to be shown a path, be encouraged and supported to be financially independent.