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Walking tall – Abraham Soren

meeting at disability peoples club
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Abraham Soren (third from left) at Disable People's Club meeting along with CBR programme coordinators and members

Abraham is now the President of a Disabled People’s Club (DPC). He accepted this role to support other people with disabilities in his and nearby villages.

Abraham, a 58 year old person was affected by polio (as a child), making it hard for him to walk. Poverty and poor access to health care made his life more challenging. That did not stop him from completing 10th standard.
Due to the fact that Abraham is disabled, education and employment opportunities were denied to him, access to adequate health care was remote and a major challenge was non-acceptance in the community and family. His views and opinions were ignored.
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Abraham received a sewing machine which helped him in earning his livelihood.
His life changed when CBM’s Community Based Rehabilitation project extended its services through one of our partners, Emanuel Association Hospital. Abraham volunteered to support the CBR project and helped in the formation of the Disability People’s Club (DPC). Under his leadership, he guided persons with disability from his village to enroll for the Disabled person identity card.

With courage and determination, Abraham changed the way people looked at persons with disability.Now Abraham and his friends have a platform to discuss the issues of disability. They can raise their voice for their rights and access the schemes and programmes provided by the government of India for persons with disability.

CBM CBR Project

Abraham is among those who were empowered by CBM’s CBR project in the north east regions of India. In early 2011, when the CBR programme was started in the village, he was identified by one of the CBR field coordinators and since then he has been actively participating in the Disabled People’s Club (DPC) programmes. Through the CBR project, Abraham received a sewing machine which helped him in earning his livelihood. He also volunteers to support CBR projects in reaching out to persons with disabilities not only in his village but also nearby villages


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