“My son has improved alot after being trained here. Earlier, he was not even toilet trained; but he has improved alot since,” says a parent of a special child. Another parents says, “When my son was six months old, I realised that he was deaf; and after four years felt he is dumb as well. He became irritated and even shunted home work, but since I put him with Navchetan, his personality has changed and his behaviour has become normal.”
But it isn’t only children whom Shree Navchetan Andhjan Mandal (SNAM) is helping. As their Founder Mr. Laljibhai says, “What will become of these children once they complete their education? This question specifically for the handicapped community has been answered by us.”
It is with this in mind that the organisation began vocational training ( sewing and making handicrafts) at their girls hostel. Their vocational training center was set up with the same purpose – to give the disabled some kind of skill for the future.
Devram is one of SNAM’s beneficiary’s who underwent their computer training course. He is Administrative Head at their vocational training center today. SNAM tries to absorb as many beneficiaries as possible; because absorbing them into mainstream society always has been and will continue to be an issue for SNAM. Skills they develop at SNAM will help them do the basics and will give them a ray of hope, but they will not be able to lead totally independent lives. However, this much alone does wonders for their spirit!