Pulwama, Dec 4: A 27-year-old paraplegic youth from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district is set to showcase his extraordinary ‘Waste Reuse’ talent at Abilympics in Delhi this week.
Mohammad Jibran, hailing from Pingalgam village, began his creative journey two years after the 2015 accident that left him paraplegic.
Jibran expressed his excitement about participating in the ‘Waste Reuse’ category of Abilympics – Olympics of Abilities – scheduled for December 07 and 08, 2023, in Gurugram, Delhi.
Abilympics is a vocational skills competition tailored for individuals with disabilities, providing them a platform to showcase their unique talents.
Recalling the unfortunate incident in March 2015, Jibran shared, “Though the accident left me disabled for life, it became a turning point that helped me discover hidden talents. Subsequently, I started crafting various items from scrap, alongside exploring calligraphy.”
Despite the challenges, Jibran’s passion for innovation flourished after the accident. He created an array of items, including remote-controlled cars, tanks, aeroplanes, robots and 3D art models of significant landmarks like Mecca, Madina and Masjid-e-Nabvi (SAW), as well as a Shikara.
To promote his creativity, Jibran established a YouTube channel named ‘Jibran & Art’ to connect with a wider audience. He has actively participated in numerous exhibitions to showcase his talent and remains committed to doing so whenever an opportunity arises.
Utilising cardboard as his primary raw material, Jibran’s creations show his dedication. He said each piece reflects his labour and is filled with emotions.
In a message to all specially-abled individuals, he emphasised the importance of hard work. “Never lose hope and always strive for self-dependence,” Jibran said.