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Yogita's story

'I can walk freely now'

In the early years of her life, Yogita’s family was obsessed with worry that she might hurt herself since she was suffering from blindness. They thought the best thing for her was to sit still, and for people to bring things to her. So she remained seated in one corner of her room, day after day. She had minimal contact with anyone other than her family. Any new voices she heard caused her to panic and get upset. She was fully dependent on her parents who did everything for her, and if they were not around then she would wait, all day if necessary, for them to return from work.

It’s a completely different story now. Since March 2008, when Yogita was first identified in a survey in Sohagpur, her way of life has changed dramatically. Not only is she able to walk freely around her house and perform daily tasks such as bathing, she also attends school twice a week, and is learning Braille.

I am so happy for Yogita,” says her father…

Achieving education despite suffering from blindness is something Yogita and her family could never have imagined possible before they received support from the Dalit Sangh. “I am so happy for Yogita,” says her father. “I’d always wanted so much more for her but never thought it was possible. Now she’s so happy.”

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