Book Launch – FOOTSTEPS TO FREEDOM – Tales of Therapy in Rural India.


Hilary recently launched her book outlining her 25 years of experience with Samuha in India.

Footsteps to Freedom Tales of Therapy in Rural India transports the reader into rural India during the height of the polio epidemic. This book explores how a volunteer physiotherapist from the British Columbia Interior turns adversity into advantage when she conquers her fears of the unknown and leaves home to immerse herself in work with the differently abled in rural South India, leading to life-changing experiences.

This journey describes how children with polio progress from crawling in their village through rehabilitation and education to become adults leading productive lives. See life through the eyes of these children and follow their footsteps through these pages as you travel from Canada to rural India with interludes in England.

The evolution of S.O.D.A. is also described including fund-raising activities for the building of the Early Intervention Centre for pre-school children with disability, also the construction of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, which has transformed so many lives. Expansion of Samuha’s disability program from one centre to the present 3 centres offering services to the surrounding villages of each of these clinics is also highlighted.

Hilary will be returning to Samuha in India in November with a physiotherapist from Ontario and 2 occupational therapy students from Queens and 2 physiotherapy students from UBC. The evolution of this student program is also described in this book. FOOTSTEPS TO FREEDOM follows six children with polio from initial assessment as infants to leading their successful lives as adults working in their villages.

This book can be ordered by emailing Hilary at hcrowley@mag-net.com or it is available at Books & Co in Prince George, BC. Once printing expenses are covered, all proceeds from sale of this book will go to Samuha in India through S.O.D.A. Also hold the date of October 26th for our next fund-raising dinner!

Hilary Crowley
President of S.O.D.A.

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