A.N. CAN TAKE A BUS42 YEARS OLD
A.N. was diagnosed with moderate intellectual disability and has cerebral palsy, leading to inability to walk. He used a wheelchair to move around.
Today with years of therapy A.N. is able to walk independently by using his knees as support he can travel by bus every day from his home to the school, where he is learning to weave at the vocational centre.
A.N. is a fun loving boy, despite his physical difficulties, he loves to work on the charkha that prepares the thread to be put into the loom. He also loves meeting new people, takes great pride in the work that he does and his teacher says that he is a chatter-box!
KRISHNA SUPPORTS HIS FAMILY22 YRS OLD
Struggling in a regular school Krishna came to us in June 2007. He was diagnosed with a borderline level of intellectual disability and speech-impairment. He required remedial and functional education.
After 8 years of intervention and therapy in school, his change in temperament and his eagerness to learn and participate in activities led the placement team identifying him as a potential candidate for open employment. He was trained as an office boy. Through training and a speech re-assessment, Krishna was ready for employment.
Krishna was recruited by Sodexo, a multinational food services and facilities management company and joined work in December 2016. The joy and pride his parents feel when they tell the world about him is evidence of how much he has grown as a person, and how he is out to make his and his parents' dreams come true.
TANISHA LEARNS TO WALK12 YEARS OLD
Tanisha was born with underdeveloped limbs and was unable to walk even with support. Her mother used to carry her around, because of which Tanisha’s interaction with society was limited. She was fearful of interacting with people and remained quiet even with the teachers and other children at school. She would not answer or even react to her name being called.
She was referred to Jai Vakeel for occupational therapy, which worked wonders for her. In just 4 years she is walking on her own with minimum support. This has also built her self-confidence, and Tanisha now has become more interactive with everyone. This is not just a physical change but a strong psychological one. Today Tanisha believes she can achieve independence and even play football. It has led her to be eager to learn new things and confident to make friends.
KRISH APPEARS FOR SSC13 YEARS OLD
Krish was born with mild intellectual disability and hydrocephalus (build-up of fluid in the brain leading to increased head size). At the age of four, he underwent a shunt operation which caused the onset of epilepsy. Struggle with academics in his previous school made him socially withdrawn.
His parents brought him to Jai Vakeel Foundation when he was 9. He required assistance for most daily tasks, had limited social skills, and low comprehension ability.
Today, he has passed exams through the NIOS (National Institute of Open School) and has been enrolled to take the grade 10 exam. Krish has achieved a great degree of independence in personal tasks, he participates in inter-school competitions and plays the drums!
ISHWARI CAN HOLD A SPOON9 YEARS OLD
Ishwari is diagnosed with spastic cerebral diplegia and has been a student at JVS since June 2016. Unable to sit, maintain head or muscle control, Ishwari was restricted to a very controlled environment within her home. Indifferent to outside stimuli she was quite isolated.
Engaged in active therapy over the past year, and the use of a special chair that was designed by the organisation especially for her she has improved her head holding ability and body control significantly.
She has become more social in class and has increased her interest in participating in activities. She has also started reaching out and grasping bigger objects like books, ball and is even able to hold a glass and is now always smiling.
GAURI FINDS A MOM8 YEARS OLD
Gauri’s eyes had been gouged out and she was left on the footpath near Haji Ali in a terrible condition when she was a few months old. She was brought to Jai Vakeel Foundation by Mumtaz (Family Welfare Centre). Nobody knows her history, she is medically blind and cannot walk.
Gauri struggles with anger issues and bites herself when she is restless or agitated. She is a student in the learning readiness class, goes for therapy to help improve her body and build strength. She has marginally improved over the years, with her limbs slowly getting stronger. Mumtaz treats her just like her own daughter, bathes and feeds her, and lovingly calls her ‘Golu’.
“My bond with Gauri is special, she is like my own daughter, If she is sad, I am sad. If she is happy, I am happy. When I am with her I feel calm and am at peace. She brings out the best in me”. – Mumtaz Syed - Caretaker