ERDF to Start “I Can, I
Will” Academy for Differently Abled
27 April, 2018: In a remarkable initiative of
support and care for those who are differently abled,
the ERD Foundation, Guwahati is going to start an
Academy called “I Can, I Will”. The Academy will be
launched in July this year with the objective to provide
training in various fields including sports, to
differently abled youths of above 14 years and make them
eligible for engagement in the society. This initiative
of ERDF today was accompanied by immediate recruitment
of six differently abled youths hailing from different
parts of Assam at various posts at USTM.
Addressing media persons after an interactive programme
with a group of differently abled cricketers organized
by ERDF at Bhetapara, Guwahati, the Chairman of ERDF
Mahbubul Hoque said, “We have already identified 35
differently abled youths having qualification ranging
from HSLC to graduate whom we will provide facilities of
sports, counseling, coaching for competitive
examinations and skill based training for their career.
We will try for the engagement of these enthusiastic
youths in different fields at our own institutions.
Moreover, we will appeal to other organizations to
provide engagement for them according to their ability
“Our goal is to provide higher education and help the
underprivileged section of the society. Though initially
we are having 14 years and above boys only, we will be
taking girls as well in the Academy”, Hoque added. It
can be mentioned here that those who have been offered
job by ERDF, will avail free food and lodging facility
in the USTM campus. The Academy is a part of the social
outreach of ERDF and will give emphasis on sports.
Significantly, all the 35 differently abled youth who
participated at the interactive programme at ERDF have
been playing cricket since the last 7 years and are now
part of “Differently Abled Cricket Association of
Assam”. Two of them, namely, Kamaleswar Das from
Patasarkuchi and Ali Akbar from Bagbar have been
selected to play for the India team. Again, the 18 year
old and class 12 student Abhishek Gogoi is the India No.
1 cyclist and has world ranking 12 who completed 10 kms
in 19 minutes at Special Summer Olympic held in January
2018 at Rattu, Jharkhand. There itself, Abhishek has
been selected to participate in International Special
Olympic to be held at Abu Dhabi on 19 March 2019.