SRINAGAR: The State Bank of India (SBI) on Monday donated Rs 2.36 crore to Shafaqat Rehabilitation Centre, a facility located at Bemina here for the support and rehabilitation of specially-abled people.
Announcing the donation in a daylong event at the centre’s office, SBI’s managing director, Rajnish Kumar, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said the financial aid would help the centre in properly rehabilitating the speech and hearing-impaired and physically and mentally-challenged persons.
“The aid is a part of SBI’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative,” Kumar said.
“In the past also, the bank has organised blood donation, medical, and drug de-addiction camps under its CSR initiative.”
The centre, run by the Voluntary Medicare Society (VMS), is the first of its kind in the Valley, providing support, treatment, and rehabilitation to the physically and mentally-challenged individuals.
In year 2000, VMS started a special school in the Shafaqat Rehabilitation Centre for the treatment of specially-abled children with therapy, training, exercise, interaction, and education.
“The VMS will organise camps in schools and at the community level to make people aware and identify the persons having speech and hearing disabilities,” Dr Mir Mohammad Maqbool, VMS founder, said.
“Also, hearing aids will be provided to beneficiaries as per the type and degree of their hearing loss.”
In 2011, VMS also opened a rehabilitation ward in which the specially-abled individuals are admitted and treated.
“We see 30 to 40 patients a day in the OPD ward,” Bashir Ahmad, administrator of Shafaqat Rehabilitation Centre, said. “But now the financial aid will boost the overall rehabilitation process at the centre.”