Submitted by Subeditor on Fri, 2016-01-15 17:43 Bengaluru: The people in this story are pioneering the upliftment of the disabled. How they all united for a cause is the interesting fact. Six disabled persons were rushing to Kengari Bus Station everyday. It was not to board the bus, but to attend nature’s call as they did not have toilets in their room! One day they witnessed another disabled person standing in front of them! Here is where the story begins. From then on, they all united and worked together to empower the rest of disables in the state. And that experiment and courage of the seven disabled ensured a promising opportunities for several disabled who wanted to earn their livelihood with dignity. Navachethana Trust, which was taking toddler steps a year ago is now moving with increased speed and vigour in fulfilling the dreams of many disabled. The group which raised the funds with its hard work and dedication is now on the verge of constructing a hostel for the disabled including students. Speaking to Bfirst.in Manju, President of Navachethana Trust, said, “We have taken a land of 30/40 Sq ft donated by another member of our trust and we are about to start the work from next month. The hostel will be fully dedicated to the disabled who have no shelter. Also the students with disability could live in this hostel. But the only condition is that the beneficiaries should make their living through respectful or rightful means. We don’t want to entertain such people who beg or live on sympathy”. Manju is currently running a juice shop in Bengaluru. He is also particular about not providing free meals for them. As he says, “Every disabled is capable of working and earning. Every disabled has his own capacity to create a miracle irrespective of his condition”. The Navachethana Trust which is now having just a room for its functioning has proven its commitment to its cause as it is now distributing the ration for the disabled whose monthly income is below Rs 5000 by way of donations received from generous people. The trust has organised about 27 programmes throughout Karnataka till now. The programmes which started with the health check-up camps for the disabled, is now organising music programmes and training programmes. The Trust also dreams to establish an industry dedicated to the disabled which manufactures and markets electronic items. The members of the trust also remember IAS Officer Late D K Ravi as the finest and honest officer. Manju says, “I had met him several times while we were organising the programme. He had once told us that he did not even have Rs 500 to donate to us but he had assured of attending our programme. But when I wanted to formally invite him for our programme, he had unfortunately passed away”, he added. Manju also confides, “Whenever we signal our hands in public to cross the road, people usually put their hands inside their pockets to give us alms. This is a sad reality existing in our society. This practice and mindset of our society about us have to change. This is possible only when all the disabled unite and stand up for their own cause”.