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Wednesday , January 23 , 2013
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NGO lends helping hand to special kids

- School-cum-hostel for differently-abled and underprivileged children at Sonapur

Jan. 22: A non-profit organisation, Society for Health and Educational Development, has taken up a project at Sonapur in Kamrup (metro) district to help differently-abled children and students from BPL families.

The organisation has already started work on setting up a permanent building of a school-cum-hostel at Shelkhati village in Sonapur with the aim of providing inclusive primary education for 20 differently-abled children and residential facilities and support for 30 orphans, with support from the Assam Foundation of North America.

The Society has set a target to support 100 special kids by 2017. It has been running a special school for differently-abled children in a rented house here for the past five years.

The area where their project is being undertaken consists of villages inhabited largely by farm labourers and their families. Ninety per cent of the villagers belong to Karbi, Bodo, Tiwa and tea garden worker communities.

“The school is in a village where there is a need to educate children whose parents earn their livelihood by daily wage labour. The children are not able to afford education nor have proper hygiene and, hence, we want to help them,” said Bhim Anal, president of the Society.

“This will be a pioneer project at Sonapur since there is no special school even in Nagaon and Morigaon, the two nearby districts of Kamrup. All facilities will be provided to the children without disturbing the greenery and ecology of the site. Trees will be planted at all vacant spaces to keep the greenery of the area intact,” said Anal.

He said the school building would be an Assam-type structure. It will have seven classrooms, besides an office. Three toilets will be also erected in the vicinity of the school building.

A play park will be built on the campus to be used by the students for their mental and physical development. A vocational unit has also been proposed on the campus, which would help differently-abled adults to sustain their livelihood.

The organisation was formed in 2007 and is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

Its aims are to promote opportunities for all special children to be treated equally, make every underprivileged child become a responsible member of society by developing their individual skills and abilities, provide the highest standard of education and assist in the overall development of a child, create general awareness about underprivileged children so they can be integrated into society and provide vocational training to such children.