Dear Partner and Friend
The Institute for Mentally Handicapped Children (IMHC) currently houses 82 boys with Special Needs who have been abandoned by their families or lost and brought to the Institute. Working with the boys in this State run Home has been challenging as well as rewarding and we are constantly learning as much as we are teaching.
Thank you so much for supporting our work at the Institute and believing in the work we do for these wonderful children.
Here are some of the main highlights and challenges:
One of the boys at the Institute is a little one called Zubair. Zubair has been at the Institute for many years now and has slowly moved from being completely unresponsive to smiling and making sounds at you when you interact with him. Zubair is usually known for eating everything he can lay his hands on. But he also known as the the little kid with large innocent eyes and a cute smile. Over the past few months, Zubbu, as he is affectionately known, has improved a great deal in terms of his attention span. He is able to hold toys and observe them for a longer time. He also tries to have conversations through sounds and responds to people who talk to him. One of his favourite words that always brings a smile on his face is “bouncing castle”. He stares with a big smile on his face that eventually becomes exuberant laughter while he shakes with joy.
Both staff and volunteers have been instrumental in bringing about the change in Zubair. Just giving these boys attention and showing affection can come a long way. They learn to respond so much more when they are constantly cared for. There is no greater joy than seeing these boys grow and be happy.
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