Cen­tre gives Na­zleen a chance to shine

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Shula Nisha could not be prouder of her daugh­ter Na­zleen Nisha as she dis­played her crafts at the Na­tional Coun­cil for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties (NCPD) Open Day in Labasa on Thurs­day. Na­zleen, 27, is a young woman liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, who is now able to create eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for her­self.

Her mother said Na­zleen had an im­pair­ment, which af­fected her cog­ni­tive growth.

“She is a 27-year-old woman with the mind of a 10-year-old,” the el­der Ms Nisha said.

“I have no­ticed a dif­fer­ence in my daugh­ter. Prior to join­ing the cen­tre she was de­pressed at home. “At the cen­tre she was able to meet others like her, com­mu­ni­cate and de­velop her skills and be­come eco­nom­i­cally in­de­pen­dent.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor for Na­tional Coun­cil for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Dr Si­tiveni Yanuyanuta­wa said he was glad that the coun­cil was still align­ing it­self to its motto first set when the cen­tre was opened in 2011.

That motto was to train and create em­ploy­ment for youths who are phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­lenged. “While the cen­tre pre­pares the youths for an eco­nomic path­way, they will have to find em­ploy­ment to be fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent,” Dr Yanuyanuta­wa said. Cen­tre su­per­vi­sor An­ge­line Brack­bird, who is also dis­abled, said stu­dents learned to de­velop their knowl­edge and skills on mak­ing hand­i­craft. “Per­sons liv­ing with spe­cial needs are also hu­mans who need more of our love, pa­tience and, most of all, our un­der­stand­ing,” Mrs Brack­bird said. Stu­dents dis­played their hand­i­work, which in­cluded pot hold­ers, cloth bags, lamp stands, pil­lows, jew­ellery, cur­tains and pas­tries. Mean­while, Man­ager NCPD North Eka Loco said the stu­dents would con­tinue to sell their hand­i­crafts in front of the market Po­lice Post in Labasa ev­ery Saturday.

“This is to make them con­fi­dent in sell­ing their craft in pub­lic, the money will be given to them while the profit will be used to buy more ma­te­ri­als,” Ms Loco said. Edited by Epineri Vula

Photo: Laisa Lui

From left: Shula Nisha and her daugh­ter Na­zleen Nisha dur­ing the Na­tional Cen­tre for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Open day on July 25, 2019.

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