The visually-challenged and speech-and-hearing impaired girl inmates of a hostel in Betul have started a campaign against artificial lights and Chinese decorative items.
The girls have also taken interest in designing and decorating earthen lamps with natural colours.
Deepshikha, a visually-challenged inmate at the hostel, said: “We have heard about the protests against foreign lights and decorative items, so we decided to paint the earthen lamps to promote sell of Indian goods. We are just trying to help the potters with our small effort.”
Another inmate Sadhna said, “We just want to reach out to people with the message that it is best to celebrate Diwali the traditional way. If we have understood the importance of Indian goods over the foreign ones, we expect people without disabilities would also understand it.”
The girls receive training in different art and craft work to become self-reliant and they are using all their skills to make decorative items.
The hostel warden Seema Bhadoriya said, “Girls are learning different art forms and this time they have shown interest in decorating the earthen lamps on the occasion of Diwali.”
The earthen lamps, designed and decorated by the girls, will be distributed to the public representatives, officers, social workers, teachers and local leaders.