SRISTI STORIES OF CHANGE
STARTING A BUSINESS – THULIR
Anand – a professional in the making!
Anand was introduced to Sristi Village in 2016. He quickly became part of the Sristi family and a vital member of the community. He would always lend a helping hand in every aspect of the village making sure everyone is heard and appreciated. Anand was so good that he became a paid member of staff!
It has been great to see his progress. Now, to enhance his skills and become a professional he has been accepted at Vidya Sagar to study Caregiving for 6 months. We hope to see him back at Sristi in a high paid staff role – or somewhere else if he’d like! But for now, we wish a hearty congratulations and with best of luck with the next 6 months.
Anand’s dream is become a teacher for people with intellectual disabilities. We are certain he will continue to do excellent work and reach his dreams!
Arunkumar – the dairy farm extraordinaire
Arun lost his parents at a young age and was admitted to an orphanage by a social worker. Throughout his pre & post orphanage time, his disability had constantly subjected him to teasing & mocking by the street kids and looks at the care unit. This led to extreme aggression and a tendency to escape due to the absence of understanding & trust.
Then one a social worker referred him to Sristi and within 6 months his behaviour has transformed him into a very patient and amicable boy. His passion lies in tending to farm animals and he now partakes in the animal husbandry unit. It turns out, all he needed was a caring and affectionate environment to feel valued and to realize his full potential.
Banu Priya – the bright start student
A student of our Special School comes from a cooperative family. When initially the Govt. refused to admit her in the school, her parents approached us. She suffers from many developmental delays, particularly with difficulty in walking and comprehensible speech. So, over the last 3 years, we have trained her in speech & physical therapy with a current focus on rudimentary lessons (such as alphabet, colours and shapes) and daily living skills (dressing, bathing, eating independently).
Being a bright student, her capabilities have transformed her into a child who can independently walk without crutches, speak with basic comprehension and best of all, she is now enrolled into a regular Govt. school, where she studies 3 days and 2 days at Sristi. We are very happy to witness the beginning of her inclusion in the main stream schooling. This helps our work in changing the perception of the society towards disability.
Sendhil – rediscovering his voice
Sendhil was enrolled in a special education program early in his life and received vocational training in electrical work. Despite the skills he had learnt and his eagerness to work, no one would hire him. Without an income his family could no longer support him and his mother placed him in a home. Unfortunately, the people at this home locked him in a room for 3 long years, making his life miserable to say the least.
Upon hearing his story, we contacted his mother and tried hard to rescue him from the home. Having forgotten to speak, he showed unusual behaviours that were coping mechanisms from his time locked in the room. However, today Sendhil is beloved in our Sristi Village community and is surrounded by friends who are helping him recover from his trauma. Slowly he is healing and re-discovering his place by being involved in the farm work.
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