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Activities held in Kulhudhuffushi for people with special needs

Malika Shahid
06 December 2022, MVT 10:17
Inclusive Sports Festival held for people with disabilities in Kulhudhuffushi --Photo: Dhiraagu
Malika Shahid
06 December 2022, MVT 10:17

Dhiraagu in collaboration with Maldives Association of Persons with Disabilities (MAPD) organized various activities to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Kaafu Kulhudhuffushi.

Activities held in collaboration with Kulhudhuffushi City Council and Regional Hospital (KRH) included a "Health and Wellness" camp and an inclusive sports festival to mark Maldives' first National Paralympic Day.

According to Dhiraagu, the "Health and Wellness" camp was attended by a large number of people with disabilities including children.

Participants and organizers of the event held in Kulhudhuffushi -- Photo: Dhiraagu

The camp provided visitors with medical screening, therapy and awareness sessions.

The team that delivered the sessions included local and foreign specialists including speech and hearing therapists, occupational and behavior therapists, dentists, pediatric orthopedic therapists and physiotherapists.

A special ceremony and inclusive sports evening was held to inaugurate the country's first National Paralympic Day. The activities were inaugurated by the Mayor of Kulhudhuffushi City Mohamed Athif.

More than 90 children from Kulhudhuffushi had participated in the inclusive sports evening.

A child participates in a sport during the Inclusive Sports Festival held in Kulhudhuffushi -- Photo: Dhiraagu

Speaking at the event, MAPD Chairperson Ahmed Mohamed said that the special sports festivals hosted by Dhiraagu since 2011 played an important role in providing a platform for persons with disabilities.

“With the establishment of the Maldives Paralympic Committee, some of the children who have been regular participants in the Dhiraagu Special Sports Festival for many years have gained confidence to participate in international Paralympic sports,” Ahmed said.

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of Dhiraagu, Bishaara Hameed said the company was pleased to support the event held in Kulhudhuffushi City.

She said that priority should be given to conduct such CSR programs that empower communities and involve everyone in the society.