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Sargasheshi; featuring tokens of endurance

  • CNM City Reporter

    Handicrafts showroom featuring products by individuals with Down Syndrome inaugurated on World Down Syndrome Day


Visitors to ‘Sargasheshi’ showroom can now take with them a token of endurance in face of hardships in the form of beautiful handicrafts. The handicrafts showroom featuring products made by individuals with Down Syndrome was inaugurated in the city on World Down Syndrome Day, which fell on Sunday, March 21. The showroom is in Kannur Road near YWCA in Nadakkavu. ‘Sargasheshi’ is a joint venture of ULCCS Foundation, the social responsibility wing of Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society (ULCCS) and Down Syndrome Trust (DoST), a Kozhikkode based NGO providing support to individuals and families affected by Down Syndrome.

The showroom not only features products made by differently abled and people with Down Syndrome, but is also managed by three women with Down Syndrome. K.C. Anjana, K.K. Anjali Surendren and Tina Mariam Thomas are trainees at UL Care-Nayanar Sadanam-Institute of Vocational Training and Placement for Adults with Intellectual Challenges. Tina is also an actor in the film ‘Thirike’. More girls with Down Syndrome will be given job in the future.

‘Sargasheshi’ is operated in association with the Sargalaya Arts and Crafts Village, Iringal, run by ULCCS who provides training to the adults with Down Syndrome in handicraft making. Selected handicrafts products with required finish made at home by the teams consisting of an adult and their parents will be sold at the showroom.

The showroom offers everything from mementos that can be given at ceremonies in government offices, private institutions and homes, to office and home decor and necessities. Purchasing these handicrafts is an opportunity to participate in charitable activities. These items will be good souvenirs for those visiting Kozhikode.

Mayor Dr. Beena Philip inaugurated ‘Sargasheshi’ on Sunday. Kozhikkode University Vice Chancellor Dr. M.K. Jayaraj honoured Gopi Krishnan K. Varma, Tina Mariam Thomas and Najeem, actors of the film ‘Thirike’ at the function.

“ULCCS aims to rehabilitate people with disabilities,” said Dr. M.K. Jayaraj, Director of ULCCS Foundation. “‘Sargasheshi’ is a continuation of the Foundation’s exemplary work over the years. The Foundation has given scientific training to those facing various challenges and has provided employment for more than 80 persons in various ventures in Kozhikode,” he pointed out.

“The project would be the first of its kind in the country giving girls with Down Syndrome a big responsibility,” DoST Founder and Chairman Dr. Shaji Thomas John remarked. DoST Support Group President T.J. Nasser Babu also attended the function.

World Down Syndrome Day is marked each year on March 21. The 21st day of the 3rd month of the year was selected to signify the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

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