Ghulam Mohammad lone ( Founder & Managing Director )
In 1998, the Person with Disabilities Act was passed in Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after this, Ghulam Mohammad lone from Kupwara, a selfless man who himself suffered from a locomotive disability, founded the J&K Handicapped Association. Before devoting his life to a noble cause, he used to deliver gas cylinders to households on his bicycle. Witnessing the increase in the number of handicapped people after the Kargil War and the ill-treatment they were subjected to, Ghulam Mohammad established the association in 1998 to render welfare activities for the handicapped people irrespective of their religion, caste or creed. He was also the first president of the association which was formally registered in the year 2000. He was extremely dedicated towards the cause and left no stone unturned to ensure equal rights for his fellow men. From hunger strikes to meetings with the chief minister of the state, he tried every means to become the voice of the people suffering from disabilities. In the year 2011, Abdul Rashid Bhat, also suffering from a locomotive disorder became the state president of the association and led it on the path of development. Under his able leadership, the association grew from a one-room office to 20 district offices across the state. He has had the biggest contribution towards making the NGO what it is today. Often, he had to personally pay off debts of the association due to lack of funds, but that never deterred him from his goal. He is truly a ray of hope for the people of J&K.
The J&K handicapped association was established in 1998 to fight for the rights of people who were often labelled as a liability by society. The fact that this non-profitable association is operated and managed by handicapped people is a testament of their capabilities and proves that they are not defined by their disabilities.
The fight for equal opportunities and recognition in education and employment has been a long one. In their journey of working for the welfare of disabled people, the founders and team members have organised awareness campaigns, held meetings with state authorities and also participated in a hunger strike to gain the attention of the government officials and general public. Due to their consistent efforts, the pension for people with disabilities was increased from a mere 300 rupees to 1000 rupees. The NGO has established two tailoring centres where underprivileged women, orphans and disabled people are given training and job opportunities.
The team of J&K handicapped association provides education and skills training to the population. Along with this, they also have a 24/7 free kitchen service and a hostel for the rehabilitation of people suffering from disabilities. With more than 20 offices across districts in Jammu and Kashmir, the NGO aims to build their confidence and help them enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizen of the country. In June 2018, they conducted a Naat (religious poetry) competition on a large scale and in 2019, 4 teams from across the state participated in a cricket competition especially organised for the disabled.
The road of a good cause is often filled with obstacles. In 2014, the organisation was in a stable position with adequate funds. Unfortunately, everything was lost in the floods. Money, office property and other assets. Everything, but their will to fight. Lack of donations and support from the government and other agencies made it difficult for the organisation to continue its activities. However, piece by piece, they rebuilt themselves. They had the support of the country’s heroes, the army men, for distribution of essential products to people in need. With strong will power and a compassionate heart, they continue to serve people and fight their battles irrespective of any setbacks.
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The J&K handicapped association was established in 1998 to fight for the rights of people who were often labelled as a liability by society. The fact that this non-profitable association is operated and managed by handicapped people is a testament of their capabilities and proves that they are not defined…Read MoreSUPPORT