Community Awareness and Parent Training

The social mindset of the people is what keeps families from treating children with disability as humans. For the past 14 years, Shri Jeet Handicap Service Center has been creating campaigns on awareness and training for parents and community on disability.

While initially we went from community to community doing interactive programs and putting up performances to educate the locals on the importance of love, support and education for the disabled, what we have realized over the years is that it is the results that speak loudest.

We provide parental training for families of the disabled on education, health care and other services that they need and deserve. Since the rural life keeps many parents from attending these trainings, 3 years ago we kicked off the “Parent Connect” program, wherein the parents who attended these trainings go to their communities and pass the information and training they have received to fellow parents. It is a network, fruits of which have been visible. The training and information these parents receive has not only been valuable in raising their disabled children but it has made a transformation in these parents. They are not just better parents and caregivers now but are also effective advocates for disabled children.

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Mamta and Her Struggle

Mamata was diagnosed with polio when she was 12 and had since been unable to make use of the full potential of her legs. Five years back when she came to us, she was using an improvised wheelchair that was too big really; more like a cart. Once she had decided to stay with us, we provided her with a wheelchair. She had never had any education previously. At Shri Jeet Handicap Service Center, she was introduced to letter and words.

Gaurav, 12 – Morang

Gaurav was 7 years old and had legs that had been severed by polio when we encountered him. He couldn’t walk and because his parents couldn’t afford mobile aids, would either be sitting idle at the porch or slugging around, which caused severe bruises and wounds all over his legs . With parents at the farm and a 10 year old sibling off to school, Guarav would be home alone most of the time, with nothing to do but wait and develop an erratic behavior.