Kiran Village, India
The Kiran Village in the town Varanasi, Northern Indian, is a center for rehabilitation and training of children and youngsters who are physically handicapped due to polio and other illnesses. India is still very much backward in the care of handicapped people. Therefore this organisation is of utmost importance, also as far as the training of local physio- and ergo-therapists is concerned.
The Kiran Village offers 250 children medical treatment, orthopaedic aid and therapies as well as a schooling and professional education. A team of Kiran staff members is active in 40 neighbouring villages, looking after families with handicapped children and cooperating closely with local authorities, thus trying to build up the rehabilitation and acceptance of these children in the community. Apart from the 250 students who visit Kiran daily another nearly 2000 children receive treatment. In July 2010 Kiran Village saw the opening of a training center for special teachers and therapists.