The special candles on display at NGO Parents’ Association for the Mentally Handicapped in Dhatkidih, Jamshedpur. Telegraph picture
This Diwali, light up wicks to bring a glow to the lives of differently-abled.
NGO Parents’ Association for the Mentally Handicapped, Jamshedpur, is all set to promote designer candles made by special youths this festive season.
As many as 55 varieties of candles, rolled by trained special youths, will be on display.
The NGO had approached 10 city schools for permission to set up kiosks on their campuses. Of these, five have already given their assent. The kiosks will function from October 21 to November 1.
Schools apart, some community development centres across Jamshedpur will also be venues for these special candles in the run-up to the festival of lights.
The NGO will also showcase its wares at a two-day exhibition at Namkum, Ranchi, from Friday, where experts from National Trust, New Delhi, a statutory body under Union ministry of social justice and empowerment, will be present.
Secretary of the NGO P. Babu Rao said the initiative was aimed at promoting talent of the specially-abled and opening livelihood avenues for them to sustain themselves.
“We will display the products on school campuses in the morning. They will be showcased at community development centres in the afternoon. A range of nominally priced designer candles are in the offing. We had started with 10 varieties and now we are offering 55,” Rao said, adding that their kiosk at the Ganesh Puja fair in Kadma had done brisk business this year.
The price of the candles vary from Rs 3 to Rs 95 per piece. They are shaped in the form of boats, flowers, Ganesha and trees.
Recently, the outfit’s processing unit started using gel wax instead of its paraffin counterpart for a better finish. The NGO also switched from iron to silicon moulds for preparing candles.
At the Ranchi fair, the Jamshedpur NGO will be one among several outfits under ARUNIM — Association for Rehabilitation Under National Trust Initiative of Marketing — that will showcase products made by special persons. The exhibition is being organised by National Trust.