( Solace of Special Needs People)
Special Needs people are not disabled but differently abled.
Unfortunately facilities to detect and develop these special talents
are lacking in India. So they remain underdeveloped and are
labeled `retarded' or `handicapped' and become a burden for the
family and the society. India Centre for Social Change ( ICSC) has
taken up the task of identifying and training these special needs
people and making them useful citizen contributing to the welfare of
the family and society. ICSC was founded by H.G. Gheevarghese Mor
Coorilos, our young and dynamic bishop when he was a priest and is
under his patronage.
Now there are 10 Theerams in Kerala. Each Theeram is involved in
identifying and developing the hidden abilities in the special needs
people in the villages they are situated in. Over all development of
personality, art, music and craft are included in the curriculum.
They are given vocational training to make useful things which can
be sold to make a living. The caregivers ( parents or siblings) are
able to go for work while these children themselves are being
trained in vocations which supplement the income of the family. So
ICSC is definitely making praiseworthy social change in the families
and the communities they serve in.
There are many dedicated people at ICSC under the leadership of H.G.
Gheevarghese Mor Coorilos , Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa and others.
The running expense of the Theerams is considerable inspite of the
austerity practised at all centers. We are blessed in many ways. God
expects us to share our blessings with the less fortunate. If you
have any money set apart for the care of the less fortunate, Theeram
definitely deserves your help. Please visit any Theeram to see for
yourself the way your hard earned money is spent.
So far only day centres are set up. A centre with hostel facility is
also needed. This centre can cater for people from far away
places where such training facility is not available.This unlike the
other Theerams may be a self supporting centre.
`Friends of Theeram' is a support group of parents, siblings,
caregivers and well wishers of special needs people. You are welcome
to become a member of this group if you are interested in the
welfare of the special needs people. Please log on to the group
To know more about Theeram visit the web site below.
For your queries regarding Theeram or support please write to
very Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayil at moolelachen@...