Our Children at Mangaldeep
Our children are differently abled – each one has a story to tell - a story of grit, courage, and often, sadness.
Anil, a 4 year old child cries when he sees any woman wearing bangles. He remembers his mother who has died a few months ago – not being able to express or understand the situation fully he can only vent his grief every time he remembers. Without his mother, and without the skills we take for granted, his life is a series of challenges. He is learning the basics of education here. His brain appears to be damaged, not responding to learning stimuli.
Ruchika, a girl who joined in 8 years ago – was again a case of a childhood interrupted. Parents who could not understand or cope, villagers who would only ridicule – that was her environment. After coming here she has learnt to walk, live a normal life, and even take part in a Special Olympics! She took part in the 2007 Special Olympics at Dehradun, (India) and won the gold medal. Her parents eyes were moist with tears when they saw their daughter do them proud and receive the medal at the hands of the Governer.
Satish, a 5 year old child seems to be completely “devoid of intelligence”. He shows no signs of hearing, speaking or responding to any stimuli. He only bangs his head against a wall, or hits his head with his hand. Continuously. The skilled and patient teachers are working with him closely, first to see that he comes to no physical harm, and then to catch that glimmer of response which would give them hope. The teachers are searching for some sign of cognitive recognition and learning.
Ramu, a 15 year old mentally retarded child, proudly displays the rug he weaves with rags, which are actually sold and used in the town, and which helps him earn his livelihood. He boasts (his mind is that of a 4 year old) of the fact that the entire rug has been woven by him alone.
Jogesh, a child has just finished his 8th standard exam – he has been at Mangaldeep for 15 years now. It has been tough for him and his teachers – battling with handicaps to achieve the impossible – appearing and passing the open exams.
And so on, the examples are countless. Children bravely fighting an unfair world. You too can make a difference. Contact us to share your thoughts with us.