A van flies by, screeches to a halt and backs up. "Api-le (granny) - get in!" It goes like this: Back in 2008, we offered Winter Camp for 12 disabled kids and their families. This gent's cousin-sister had the time of her life, it changed her life, and she still talks about it today. "A ride? Of course, and what else can I do for you, Api le?"
Indeed, 5 times this month, it's come to my attention that our Ability Network kids really need another Winter Camp.
The people with disabilities can sometimes get a diagnosis here. They can sometimes get a few suggestions for physical therapy or medications. But there is no on-going support, there's not even a place moms and kids can safely stay if they decide to come to Leh in order to get some help.
Winter Camp was a chance for the kids to learn, play, be together and achieve. And for the moms to share experiences.
Our saying at the camp in 2008 was "Let's change Impossible to I'm Possible."
I think it's time for a winter camp that combines fun for the kids, mutual support for the moms, and an opportunity to take advantage of services offered through the Pediatric Unit for Special Children at the District Hospital.
Impossible? Where have I heard that before?