This week, the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) celebrated its 40th anniversary. During these four decades, the CRP has worked tirelessly for the rehabilitation of the paralysed in Bangladesh and we would like to congratulate its founder Valerie Ann Taylor, as well as everyone associated with the organisation, for the terrific effort they have all put in towards the wellbeing of others.
We agree with the statement of Gowher Rizvi, the prime minister’s international affairs adviser, that the dedicated service of CRP staff has been a great “sacrifice”. It is a sacrifice that has enriched the lives of countless people, most of whom were suffering and neglected.
Valerie personally has been serving the people of Bangladesh for 50 years and her organisation CRP had started off small, in two store-rooms of Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital in 1979. Today, however, it provides an extensive range of services to persons with disabilities through 13 CRP sub-centres across Bangladesh. And its history provides a great lesson for anyone who wants to serve others, especially those who are less fortunate.
The example set by the CRP has been inspirational. It has already inspired many to pursue similar initiatives that could help people with disabilities to overcome adversity and become strong and self-dependent, and we believe it will continue to inspire many more.
We hope that the government and other segments of the society, too, will find inspiration from CRP, and assist the organisation as well as work towards achieving its larger ambitions in every other way that is possible.