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Hari's story

'I am independent and can take care of myself'

“As a child I longed to play with friends. But nobody wanted me on their team…or to even meet me. I was scared of going out alone. I felt very lonely because I spent most of my time alone in my room. Owing to low vision, I was totally dependent on my mother and brother for everything.

After being taught daily living skills, I was supported to open a shop

“One day a community worker called Runu Dei came visiting our village to find out if there were any blind people. She talked to me for a long time, and because she was from a neighbouring village, we could talk in my native language. She taught me a few skills like counting money. I was so happy and impressed that I told her I wanted to learn from her. Now she has become a good friend and supports me in many ways through the Ganjam District Rehabilitation Project.

“After being taught daily living skills, I was supported to open a shop. Now despite suffering from low vision, I can take care of myself. I earn my living and can manage my shop without anybody’s help.”

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Manisha's story

Manisha from Jabalpur has orthopaedic disability and is supported by Sightsavers under the Social Inclusion Programme.

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Srinu’s story

“To protect people from the pandemic, I, along with my SHG members decided to tailor masks and distribute in the community, and educate people about wearing masks, practice social distancing and handwashing,” says Srinu.

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Preeti's story

Preeti* from Chittaurgarh is 20 years old and has orthopaedic disability. At five years of age, Preeti met with an accident in which she lost one of her legs.