Kilikili – An initiative with a difference.

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A child loves to play especially in parks, playgrounds, etc.
Parks bestows possibilities to augment the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.
But has the thought ever transpired to anyone about children with disability?
Would it be possible for them to access these parks at ease regardless of fear from the rest of the people?

Kilikili is a trust that aims to craft a difference to the children with disability. This is a trust that is formed by parents of children with disabilities, driven by volunteers and supported by professionals in special education, paediatrics and architecture

They began by introducing special equipments for the physically challenged kids at the Coles Park at Frazer town. Here are a few pictures.

Entrance made easier for the children using a wheel chair to commute.

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Here are a few other specially designed equipments.

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I had a chat with the key members of the trust. They mentioned to me that it was difficult initially to convince the BBMP on this initiative of creating the park to suit the needs of the special children however they did extend their support to some extent financially.

Many schools like Snehalaya, APD (association of people with disability). participate in the periodic events that are being organized at these parks. During one such event, they did obtain appreciations from parents who were literally in tears when they saw their children play so joyfully which they had never witnessed earlier.

For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.kilikili.org/

A great thought Indeed!

Come Let’s make a difference!

12 Comments so far

  1. M O H A N (unregistered) on February 8th, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    This is a very good article and eye opener to many. keep up the good work.


  2. Maya (unregistered) on February 8th, 2008 @ 11:27 am

    This is a very good initiative and thanks Anjana for sharing this with us!


  3. Maya (unregistered) on February 8th, 2008 @ 11:27 am

    This is a very good initiative and thanks Anjana for sharing this with us!


  4. swetha (unregistered) on February 8th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

    It brings a sign of relief whenever such humble actions are heard about. It knocks our conscience to contribute in most possible form.
    Thank you Anjana.


  5. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 9th, 2008 @ 8:27 am

    Good on Anjana..


  6. Mallesh (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 8:57 am

    Should beone of its kind in the country. Hats Off to the people who thought about this & also who worked on making it a reality!!
    Thanks Anjana!!


  7. Rohini (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 11:10 am

    This is a very good articles.

    However, I would have loved to see few kids playing in Kilikili….


  8. captainjohann (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

    A very important and informative post.But where is it located and whether any children with diability use it? Or it is just one of those things in which money is spent without users.When ordinary humans cannot commute safely in Bangalore roads how many disabled can use them?


  9. Anjana (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    @captainjohann – The kids do use this park regularly and there are many schools who visit this park on a regular basis like APD, etc
    For more information you can visit http://www.kilikili.org/.
    However, designated schools bring their students on designated days of the week. You can see them play on saturdays for sure. They would have a weekly meet, etc. The facilites used by the kids are being desined so well which is helpful for them and they do enjoy being at the park. Glad that members of the trust are involved in bringing this into reality.

    @Rohini – Yea, i did try to take a picture but unfortunately, that day was a day off for schools and i ended up taking pictures of the park :). However, i did go there another day without my camera :(


  10. Kavitha (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

    Thanks to all those people who have appreciated our efforts. And for the questions, yes, children with disabilities do use the play space- schools like APD, Snehalaya, Bal Jyoti, Asha Kiran, Clarence etc. have been bringing their children on week mornings. Every Saturday, families with children of all abilities meet from 9-11 to just enjoy and celebrate our children’s childhood. We would like this initiative to grow as a movement of parents, children, volunteers, citizens… so that one day, all parks would be inclusive parks, enabling all children to play together, irrespective of their abilities. If you would like to join this movement, volunteer, make a neighbourhood park inclusive, do write to me at kavitha@kilikili.org. For more information please do visit http://www.kilikili.org


  11. Kavitha (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

    Thanks to all those people who have appreciated our efforts. And for the questions, yes, children with disabilities do use the play space- schools like APD, Snehalaya, Bal Jyoti, Asha Kiran, Clarence etc. have been bringing their children on week mornings. Every Saturday, families with children of all abilities meet from 9-11 to just enjoy and celebrate our children’s childhood. We would like this initiative to grow as a movement of parents, children, volunteers, citizens… so that one day, all parks would be inclusive parks, enabling all children to play together, irrespective of their abilities. If you would like to join this movement, volunteer, make a neighbourhood park inclusive, do write to me at kavitha@kilikili.org. For more information please do visit http://www.kilikili.org


  12. Kavitha Krishnamoorthy (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

    Thanks to all those people who have appreciated our efforts. And for the questions, yes, children with disabilities do use the play space- schools like APD, Snehalaya, Bal Jyoti, Asha Kiran, Clarence etc. have been bringing their children on week mornings. Every Saturday, families with children of all abilities meet from 9-11 to just enjoy and celebrate our children’s childhood. We would like this initiative to grow as a movement of parents, children, volunteers, citizens… so that one day, all parks would be inclusive parks, enabling all children to play together, irrespective of their abilities. If you would like to join this movement, volunteer, make a neighbourhood park inclusive, do write to me at kavitha@kilikili.org. For more information please do visit http://www.kilikili.org



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