This picture was taken at a school for severely handicapped children in Pokhara. Most of the children are suffering from muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that wastes the muscles.They spend periods of every day at this walking frame. They pull themselves up and force themselves to walk backwards and forwards,in order to build up their muscles and improve their mobility.It is very moving to see their determination. The home is run by a local organization with help from Handicap International.The staff here are dedicated and the children full of courge.
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jhm (142808) 2008-11-17 8:13
Indeed muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that wastes the muscles, very very serious.
I am very glad that you this image bringing, and show to the world, handicapped children become often forget.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Very well done, TFS.
snunney (88357) 2008-11-17 8:24
A fine capture of these two children who seem happy in spite of their disabilities. A very clear and sharp image. Thanks for sharing.
dareco (17134) 2008-11-17 11:02
This brings tears to my eyes. The pride in this childs face and the happiness! I have a disabled daughter and I have seen this expression so many times. Thank you for posting this.
WelshTraveller (354) 2008-11-17 12:39
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Great to see so much courage in those not as healthy as the majority of us. You've done a great job.
TopGeo (38206) 2008-11-18 3:44
Hi Kevin! I did not know for this illness and read in Wikipedia here muscular dystropy they is shocking this experience. Amazing the picture and her force
riclopes (35577) 2008-11-19 2:12
Excellent reportage picture, Kevin. Your notes are always very good describing the essential for us to understand the image. Cute expression of the little girl and nice to see the boy looking at you. I also like the detail of the red bucket in the BG.
Have a good time in Sri Lanka and India,
patdeph (35748) 2008-11-19 7:50
this is a very touching photo with an intersting note!As everywhere,these kids are full of fortitude,and they can appreciate the life in a joyfull way!Thanks for sharing!
paulinka (122) 2008-11-23 3:28
i like photos when they have "journalistic" character - like this one. The note you've given is very important. As sb's written above - these children seem to be happy in spite of their disabilities.
Thans for posting,
have a good sunday,
adores (39870) 2008-12-14 13:52
Good to know that such place exists to help the children. The photo is really good, with a very good composition. What really gets my attention here is their happy faces, in spite of the problems they have. It takes a lot of courage to face problems this way. Good work!
wolf38 (31284) 2009-01-18 2:15
Hello kevin. The photo pleases me very well. Above all the face expression of the girl is wonderful. Altogether very beautifully and worth seeing. Exemplary text. Best regards, Wolfgang.
fanni (14381) 2009-09-01 13:26
interesting capture, very good double portrait!
and an interesting, good Note. I think that such photos are necessary! people must see them.
I often think: how much willpower disabled and handicapped people often have to live - as compared to so many "normal" people who never cease to complain about their life and are weaker than those who have no legs or arms or who can hardly walk...