The theme for the retreat was 'Arise and Shine', encouraging the families to take their light and shine into the world. Various sessions were conducted to encourage and walk alongside people touched by disability. On the final day, we celebrated the holy mass with Fr. Arokiaswamy.
Sessions by eminent persons threw light on how the families can cope with their challenging life situations. The Group discussions focussed on how they could mutually support each other in their life journey.
According to Mr David from Good Samaritan group, "all of us went out feeling different about ourselves from when we came in". The family retreat created a sense of belongingness and that they are not alone.
Mr Mathew, one of the resource persons said that "the heroic life stories of the differently abled persons has touched me. I thank God for learning new lessons of life through them."
Mr Kripa from Engage Disability coordinated the program. Financial support was provided by Joni and Friends, an international disability group. Archdiocese of Bangalore made available the Paalana Bhavana campus for the use of the differently abled.
Providing a unique experience for the otherwise neglected differently abled persons, the retreat ended with a request for more of such experiences for them in the future.
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