Cultural Program ‘Little Hands’ organised for ASARE1 min read
Manipal: Students from SOAHS (School of Allied Health Sciences), Department of Commerce (DOC) and Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Manipal organised ‘Little Hands’, a cultural program meant for the residents of ASARE, a home for the mentally challenged on September 14.
The special guests for the day were K S Jai Vittal, president of the Archana Trust and Dr Raviraj, Department of Psychiatry, KMC. ‘I appreciate the efforts put in by the students. The citizens who are unfortunately deprived of natural mental growth become a part of the social stigma, and are neglected by everyone. I wish that ‘Little Hands’ grows in Manipal, and initiatives like this are often taken,’ said Jai Vittal.
Following the welcome prayer, the Thiruvathira dance was performed by the students of SOAHS as a part of the Onam celebrations. The residents of ASARE were later invited to come onstage and dance to Bollywood songs.
During and after lunch, interactive sessions were also conducted to spend time with the residents. Hendrik, a social worker and intern from Germany said, ‘I have been living in ASARE from the last four weeks, and it gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction when I do something that brings a smile on the faces of the inmates.’
Sub-edited by Nadia Lewis