New Delhi:  ‘God helps those who help themselves’ is an age old adage which was realized on Wednesday when differently-abled students of Tamana school mesmerized audiences with their performances during winter carnival organized by Tamana NGO at British High Commissioner's residence. This was the seventh consecutive year that the carnival was held at the venue with great pomp and show.

Tamana, founded by Dr. Shayama Chona in March 1984 is a non-profit voluntary organisation created solely with the purpose of helping the cause of mentally challenged, multiply disabled and autistic children.

Vibrant stalls to delicious eatery, handcrafted antics to designer outfits, Tamana’s special school winter carnival had everything to make this event memorable. The most perceptible fad is their mentally challenged kids who are much able then normal people.

Over 140 exhibitors selling high fashion Indian and western wear, footwear, precious and semi precious jewellery, home decor and home furnishing, christmas gifts, shawls and stoles, ladies hand bags and clutches participated during the occasion.

On asking about the special winter carnival, Dr Ritu Juneja, Director of Tamana special school said “Apart from our kids there are 140 private exhibitors who have actively participated in this event.”

Tamana Special School, which is presently educating 200 special children, also provides facilities and opportunities for their welfare and rehabilitation. This organization has plans to reach out to the children of remote places of states like Haryana, Punjab, U P, Rajasthan and others.

While talking about the noble motive founder Dr. Shayama Chona said, “My daughter Tamana is my inspiration to start such a noble work. Their smile tells us "I can do it, give me a chance but I need you" That is the truth. They need you, give them a hand. You give them an inch, they will run a mile. We are organizing this kind of event from past six years and through this Tamana special school we want to create awareness about them that they too are normal human beings like us.”

With a splendid cause of giving the special kids a better life the first branch of Tamanna Special School was inaugurated by the Late Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales, and the foundation stone was laid by the then High Commissioner of Britain, Sir David Goodall.

Hope Tamana gets more helping hands in its aim of giving  better life and education to the special kids.

(Farhat/Deblina)

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