Over the last few months, we have been working hard to initiate a partnership with the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) in Kolkata, West Bengal. IICP is a non-government organization which supports over 1500 children and young people in Kolkata and the surrounding areas.
We are pleased to announce, this year, Big Hug will be supporting two of their projects, The Early Intervention Clinic (infants 0-3 years) and the Jugnu Preschool and Nutrition Programme (children aged 2-6).
The children they support suffer from cerebral palsy, neuromotor diseases and/or are ‘Below the Poverty Line’. There are a higher number of boys than girls in all their services, the reasons are both clinical in that the prevalence of cerebral palsy is more in males than females, and for reasons of inequitable access and opportunities in Indian society with preference given to males rather than females.
IICP was opened in 1974 by a mother who learned her son suffered from cerebral palsy. Initially the centre was opened as a special needs school; 42 years on IICP offers multifaceted services to infants, children and adults with cerebral palsy and a range of training programmes for persons with disability.
The video below gives a brief summary of the work IICP do:
Over the next few months we will be sharing more details on our work with the Early Intervention Clinic and the Jugnu Playschool and Nutrition Programme. Follow us on social media and our website to keep up to date with our work.