Today I spent the morning with the children of AURA, a rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy. They came to the Alliance Francaise for a recreation day with play, music, singing and dancing, a tradition which is now in its fourth year.
|With Aisha, the face of AURA|
AURA was founded by Dr. Ruby Abbasi whose son had cerebral palsy but there were no facilities in Pakistan for his treatment. Founder member and lifetime president Aban Jamall brings the children every year to AFK for this special recreation day, which is a favorite with all the staff of AFK as well.
|When not in a wheelchair, children|
have to be strapped to boards that
help them to sit up straight.
Today the center has 700 children and 77 staff members including art teachers, social workers and vocational therapists. Some children are not differently abled, as the school is inclusive of both children with special needs and "normal" children.
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|Arooja is fifteen, but cerebral palsy|
has not allowed her body to grow.
She still loves her potato chips.
|Lunchtime requires a lot of |
work as most of the severely
affected children can't feed themselves.
|Tireless workers who are trained at AURA|
make the whole organization thrive.
|Minahil Sara is one of the students at AURA|
who is not special needs.
|Three students of AURA who are fast friends.|
|Aisha really liked Eric's company.|
|A group of musician friends, one of whose sister is special|
needs, came to entertain the children for the day.
|The children loved the balloons and the food,|
and so did the staff.