In his famous 2011 TED talk about “Why dance class is just as important as maths class”, Sir Ken Robinson gives us a beautiful example of the importance of creativity in holistic development of an individual. He tells how people with a different paradigm of skills but are branded as learning disabilities can benefit from a creative outlet.
Father Felix of CIMR has been a flag bearer of this concept for more than 50 years. It is based on the use of alternate sensory perception to reach the cognitive abilities of individuals who are on a different scale of intellectual ability than the statistical average. Some might call it rehabilitation for the mentally challenged, but Father Felix believes it is creating an environment for all individuals to flourish in the society.
At CIMR, the focus is on acquiring life skills that provide independence in the society rather than academic prowess. CIMR aims to create self-reliance and self-sufficiency for all individuals irrespective of psychosocial disabilities or learning difficulties. To achieve this, the methodology that is used is called the 3C’s Concept. It aspires to instil creativity, comprehension & competence. The methodology involves the use of day-to-day concepts like recognizing and using written language, transacting by understanding exchange of money for materials, basic cooking skills, fine mortar skills like carpentry, masonry, mechanics, horse riding, agricultural skills and other forms of arts & sports.
This rehabilitation method has today touched the lives of more than 50000 individuals and has about 1000 fully independent individuals leading the lives that most of us take for granted. They earn for themselves and their families, bear healthy children & provide for their future, and contribute to their local and national economy.
Being a top NGO in India, and in Kerala, CIMR has been able to conduct several camps across the country. Thanks to the benevolence of individuals, corporations and organizations in Kerala that donate to charity foundations, CIMR has been able to sustain by itself for about 4 decades. Today, with the help of such donors who are looking for such organizations to donate to, CIMR hopes to make a change in the lives of several thousands more.