Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults

by Sense International (India)
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Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults
Sustainable Livelihoods for Deafblind Adults

At 30 years of age, Chovaram found a new lease of life. Living in the corners of Chhattisgarh, Chovaram and his family had become used to his deafblindness. Chova as he is lovingly called, knew how to move  around the house and recognise his family through touch. He spent 25 years inside the four walls of his home, he was now standing outside them earning his keep.

Chova was born in a large family, but his parents and four siblings could sense that he was different from his siblings. He couldn’t follow his mother’s voice or react to the toys put in front of him. They found out that Chovaram was blind and had profound hearing loss. After the assessment, there were many trips to the doctors and all pointed towards the same answer- nothing can be done. At the age of five, his parents enrolled him in a school. The school authorities said no as they had never seen a child like him and the teachers wouldn’t know where to start. Disheartened but determined, Chovaram’s mother started teaching him to do things in the house.

In 2015, while conducting a survey an educator crossed the threshold of Chovaram’s house and a wind of change blew in. The educator noticed that Chovaram had learned to live on his own, but the way he had learned it could not help him in situations outside of home. Chova was enrolled into the project immediately. It was a massive task to unlearn and relearn independent living, personal hygiene, communication and receive an education. 

In order to make Chova financially independent, Sense International India initiated an Income Generation Activity with him. Keeping in mind his skills and the market, starting a flour mill was the best option. 

The flour mill became the talk of the village. It was fascinating to see Chova operating in the space and delivering the product to his customers without any errors. Chova trained in the space with his educators to gain skills in operating the machine, socialising and recognising currency. The mill gave Chovaram the opportunity to build relationships outside of his home. His shop became a hotspot of conversations and Chovaram finally had some acceptance in society.

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Sirsha to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams.

We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfil the mission of the Non-Profit Organisations like Sense India.


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Shikha is a 21 years old girl from Raipur, Chattisgarh. Her father works in a private job and mother is a homemaker. At the time of birth, she was only 1.6 kgs and this has led to her disability.

At the age of two, Shikha's parents discovered that she was born with hearing problems and visual difficulties. Due to her optical device, she can see to a limited extent.

Shikha studied in the regular school for her primary education but was unable to adjust after the seventh grade, as a child with special needs and without special educators, in her school. Therefore, she was forced to remain at home. In May 2017, Shikha was enrolled at one of our deafblind programmes in Chhattisgarh. She was trained after registration as per her needs and the teachers were made aware and trained to educate her as per her needs and capacity.

Shikha is a very hardworking and proud girl. She refused to take a scribe for her class 10th exam. Though her efforts were commendable, yet she was unable to pass the exam and she became demotivated because of the results. The project team motivated her by giving pre-vocational training to help her develop the skills required to run her own small business. Post training, she was given a seed money by Sense India to start her own general store.

In 2021, with the support of the project team, she filled for 10th exam in the Chattisgarh open school. With the support of her special educator, she focused on her studies and finally passed the exams. The parents are positive about her developments. Her mother said, “I can’t be more grateful Sense India for their contribution in our daughter’s life.”

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Aman to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams.

We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfil the mission of the Non-Profit Organisations like Sense India.


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Aman is a 20yrs old young adult with deafblindness. He has low vision with profound hearing loss and speech impairment. He belongs to an economically backward family. His father passed away when he was very young and was brought up by single parent. He has attended school for special education till he completed his 12th class.

Aman was enrolled in the project in 2015. Since then, the special educators have been working with him to improve his communication skills. His teachers taught him sign language so that he is able to communicate. During the vocational training he learnt money concept, paper bag making, pickle making and Diya painting.

Sense International India provided seed capital to his family who were going through financial crisis to setup a kirana shop once he turned 18 years old. His mother said that the shop is the only source of income for them and they are getting good income through this shop. They bought a refrigerator few months back that has helped them to expand their business. Besides managing the shop, Aman is now pursuing Computer Operator and Programming Assistant course from the Industrial Training Institute as a regular student. His mother manages the shop when he goes out for his classes.

After completing the course, Aman wants to use his knowledge by putting a kiosk in his shop for Travel booking, Aadhar update that will provide him an opportunity to earn more money and fulfil his dreams.

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Aman to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams.

We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfil the mission of the Non-Profit Organisations like Sense India.


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Deep, 20 years old now, was referred our deafblind centre in Kolkata in 2009. He was born with congenital rubella syndrome, which caused moderate to severe hearing loss and vision impairment. Deep also has juvenile diabetes. His father died when he was younger, so he is from single-parent home and his mother raised him on her own.

In 2009, he was studying in class III at a local school in Kulgachia village, in Howrah. However, he refrained from attending school as he was barely included in the class room activities. Deep’s major issue was his speech which the peer group and the teachers were not able to follow and understand.

With his mother’s support, special educators working with him in the programme, and school teachers, he continued his studies and completed secondary education in 2020 successfully. Since then, he wanted to learn more skills so that he is able to earn himself some money doing something and live a best life.

During the pandemic, his vocational unit teacher taught him how to make phenyl at his home through online classes along with other required skills.  He was provided with seed money by Sense India to start his phenyl business.  Deep was skilled in making phenyl, measuring the components and mixing them, pouring and packaging the bottles independently.  Every day, he visits different neighbouring villages to sell phenyl bottles on a bicycle.

At the moment, local villagers are buying phenyl from Deep. He is planning to expand his small venture and sell it to nearby grocery shops.

Deep’s happy mother says, “Now my son helps me to run our family and is very confident that he will be able to expand his business. This makes me very proud”.

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Maheshwari to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams.

We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfil the mission of the Non-Profit Organisations like Sense India.


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