Sandhya Dhar wheeling the change for disabled

by Team Conscious Carma

Sandhya Dhar, a specially abled woman from Gangyal, Jammu, was conferred the prestigious “Nari Shakti Puraskar” by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan recently for her contribution and dedication towards the rights of under privileged and disabled persons.

Her family stood by her

Sandhya who is confined to wheel chair since the age of 3, did not allow her disability to become an impediment in her life, instead worked hard to carve a niche for herself in the society. With undying support and love from her family, she not only completed her studies but took up a job and from her earnings started helping other disabled people and later founded founding JIGER (Jammu Institute General Education and Rehabilitation) in 2015. She has a Masters Degree in Commerce, P G Diploma in Business Administration and BCA in Computer Education.

Her inspiration

Sandhya belongs to the clan of Mata Roop Bhawani, a spiritual saint of medieval Kashmir who started a revolution in education over 400 years back in Kashmir and this inspired her to dedicate herself to education of differently abled children. JIGER is working for inclusive education of disabled and underprivileged children and at present educating and rehabilitating  over 400 children in her institute as well as other institutes being supported by JIGER.

Her message to people with disabilities

“Tell people about your inbuilt qualities. Don’t hide. Build your confidence. In 2014, I visited my brother at Melbourne alone. I travelled within the city alone, using the public transportation and came back home at 3 am. For the first time I experienced what an independent life is. That motivated me to start JIGER”

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