‘EK MUSKAAN KE LIYE’ a specially conceptualized program for children with special needs organised by UNMISH

centre for children, has come up with an event ‘EK MUSKAAN KE LIYE’ specially conceptualized for 500+ children with special needs (Developmental disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Behavioural, Sensory and Learning disorders etc) held today at The Agri-Horticultural Society of India, Kolkata.

Inspired by ‘Happy Street’ on Park Street, ‘EK MUSKAAN KE LIYE’ is a platform for special children to experience happiness and be a part of an ‘Inclusive Society’ which is the aim of UNMISH. It was the coming together of schools/ organizations across the length and breadth of Kolkata working with such children leading to create awareness and acceptance in the society. Games, music, dance, art and craft, sensory corner were there to engage the children. Games focusing on ADL activities, fine and gross motor coordination, pretend play, attention, etc were part of the event. Each child was given gifts for participation as ‘every child is a winner’.

The event was graced by the presence of lot of eminent personalities: Firhad Bobby Hakim, Hon'ble Minister of Urban Development & Municipal Affairs; Rituparna Sengupta, Tollywood Actress; Sushil Goenka, MD Emami Group & many others.

Every child who came down to event, their face glittered in happiness. Special educators and therapists from UNMISH and other participating organizations assisted the children to play games. Regular school children and college going children were volunteering at the event. Refreshments were provided at the venue. The event was not chargeable to the children.

Speaking about the event, Rituparna Sengupta, Tollywood Actress said “Such notions must be supported and should be brought to the eyes of the public for better acceptance and social welfare. As such programs showcases and brightens the dark livelihood of the underprivileged section of the society it is a great move for attaining socio cultural equity among the people.”

On this occasion, Nita Diwan, Founder & Chairman of UNMISH said, "The event is a step towards the dream of an 'Inclusive Society ' where children with special needs lead a dignified life as a contributing member. Through Ek Muskaan Ke Liye we are trying to get all working with children with disability join together with regular school and college students to set an example that integration can happen. Awareness and acceptance will happen only when all come together."