StoryShumi

Shumi’s mother had a difficult delivery. Mother was malnourished and she gave birth to Shumi without any medical assistance. She immediately noticed that her daughter did not cry after birth. But being a day labourer, without a husband and with other mouths to feed she had no opportunity to seek medical help.

Her daughter was physically OK, but she was clearly different from other children.  Although education for girls is free, Shumi could not go to school. Her mother could not afford a school uniform and school books. Hence Shumi wandered through the streets of Daulatpur by herself most of the days. Niketan staff encountered her and included her in the program. Shumi has been rapidly developing since then. She learned to talk, read and write a little bit.  Thanks to a “disability scholarship” from the government she visits the village primary school. The Niketan staff helped Shumi’s mother to get the benefits from the government that she is entitled to.  Without help this is almost impossible for most parents in this poor part of the Manikganj region.  Shumi loves going to school. The school offers education to five other disabled children and the teachers are very motivated to include these children within the regular program, even though they need more time.

Shumi’s mother is very happy with the progress she and her daughter mad thanks to the “We can” project. She hopes the support will be continued, because without it she cannot offer her daughter what she needs.

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