Pramila remained captive within the four walls of a room. No
one ever gave a thought to her education or consider
consulting a physician or a physiotherapist. The parents saw
no future for the child, were disgusted with her and developed
a negative attitude towards her.
We came across Pramila two years ago and
took steps to improve her condition. A pair of
crutches and necessary orthothotic appliances were arranged
for her. Neither the
members of her family, nor the community showed any interest
at that stage. Pramila, however, responded very well to the
supportive aids and appliances and soon started walking
independently. This brought about a marked change in the
attitude of the family and the neighbours. That Pramila would
ever be able to walk had been beyond their imagination.
Pramila walked out of her captivity with confidence and grace.
She visited her relatives and also got admitted to a school.
Her newfound ability to walk independently has changed her
attitude towards life. She
has grown into a very friendly and lovable young girl who can
easily make friends with people. The attitude of the members
of her family and the neighbours towards her has become quite
positive. They have accepted her as a part of the community on
Pramila has proved to be a reasonably good student and looks
forward to a teaching career when she grows up.
She wants to educate children in a more focused manner
so that their attitude towards a child with disability is more positive.
The success story of Pramila has awakened the people of
Bainchua village from the deep slumber of ignorance and
Pramila is now the symbol of hope for parents of many children
Pramila is just an example. A bright example.
But this is not the end of our dreams.
We dream of and are working towards an inclusive world.
This dream can be realized only when more and more Pramilas
win their rightful place in society.