Special school restoring dignity, social role for the disabled
Children with special needs receive psychophysical support for education at Snehadeepthi.
The Snehadeepthi special school in Thrissur in the southern Indian state of Kerala, founded by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Samaritan Sisters, has come a long way since its inception in 2000.
18 of their ‘special’ children passed the state school examinations this year; 3 children participated in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games held in Australia last December, winning 3 medals.
Children with special needs receive psychophysical support for education at Snehadeepthi. It now provides basic education and vocational education to 140 children and adolescents with mental disabilities.
Many of them belong to poor families and have less access to jobs compared to the rest of the population.
Several activities that involve the use of machinery have been introduced with the help of the state government. Training programmes to make palm plates, paper cups, paper bags, etc. are some activities introduced with the aim of promoting further integration of the special children in society.
The chances that these children go to school are 4 to 5 times lower than that of others. Since 2000, the school has become a point of reference. To accommodate more children, the Sisters are planning to build another pavilion near the new site for the Generalate of the Congregation.
Certain improvements in infrastructure are required to receive financial support from the government for 100 new children. Adjusting the spaces for physiotherapy and speech therapy services and ensuring at least 1 teacher for every 8 children are the immediate requirements.
Source: Agenzia Fides