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Women religious instructing disabled children in India

For disabled children the possibility of going to school is five times less likely to occur than for other children. This is one of the reasons why, in Thrissur Kerala, the Congregation of the Samaritan Sisters founded “Snehadeepthi”, a special institute whose classes extend from preschool - the minimum age is three years old - to a school for higher professional education. The project began in 2000 in a temporary hut with two rooms and ten children. Today there are already 140 children and adolescents with mental disabilities who attend the facility, many of whom belong to poor families. The Sisters are planning to build another facility to welcome new members, but in order to obtain financial support from the government as they hope, they will have to set in place a service of physiotherapy and speech therapy, reorganize space and ensure that there is at least one teacher for every eight pupils. This year, eighteen children from Snehadeepthi passed the state school exams. Three participated in the Asian and Pacific Special Olympics in Australia, winning three medals.




St. Peter’s Square

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