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Case Study: Bashir Ahmad Shamsher

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A journey through disability to super ability

Bashir Ahmad Shamsher -51 year old man has an inspiring story.Shamsher- a handicapped courageous person was living in a one roomed derelict house at Qamarwari, Srinagar with his wife and three children, including two daughters and a son. Shamsher lost his left hand when he met an accident at a very young age. As a street vendor, he used to sell candles and other items earning a maximum amount of Rs 100 per day. It was not possible for him to make both ends meet with this meager income and educating his children was a far-fetched dream.

During September 2014 floods, CHINAR visited the family during assessment of flood victims. Providing short term relief in the form of food kits, clothes and other necessities was not the ultimate solution as the floods had destroyed his house and all his belongings were lost. After thorough assessment and verification process, CHINAR selected the family for its Child support programme where he receives both livelihood and educational support. With his determination and CHINAR’s support, a small portion of his house was converted into a provisional store which helped him attain a sustainable livelihood. Shamsher, happy with his successful shop narrates “I am grateful to CHINAR for making me self-sustained and self-reliant” In addition, CHINAR covers all the educational expenses of his children including School Fee, Tuition Fee, School Uniform and Stationery.