Saanidhya School for Mentally Challenged Persons Celebrates Diwali & Childrens’ Day
- “We, the ones who are challenged, need to be heard. To be seen not as a disability, but as a person who has, and will continue to bloom. To be seen not only as a handicap, but as a well intact human being. Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength. I have had this desire my whole life to prove people wrong, to show them I could do things they didn’t think I could do” – Robert M. Hensel
Mangaluru: Regardless of which part of the world you are celebrating Diwali in, we can all agree that the festival is essentially about the victory of good over evil. So, Diwali can be an excellent opportunity for you to talk about the story of the Ramayana. You could also have a discussion around the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, if suitable for the child’s level of understanding. Talk to your child about how goodness or good behaviour is celebrated while bad behaviour is punished.
The aroma of delectable sweets in the air, and the decorative earthen lamps illuminating the streets buzzing with last-minute shoppers announce to us that Diwali is near. Children generally wait with anticipation for the auspicious day and all its festivities. The bright lights, loud noises of fireworks, and new clothes, however, can induce anxiety in children with special needs, especially those on the autism spectrum. But with a little planning, you can make the festival of lights a joyous occasion for all children, especially Differently-abled children and adults.
And for that matter, Saanidhya Residential School for Mentally Challenged Children and adults is always open to such children/persons who are deprived of a special school and training centre. They are at your service with their well experienced, dedicated, humble, loving special teachers and caretakers who are available and work round the clock untiringly. They take great care and initiative in training the inmates in Activities of Daily Living Skills (ADLS). Functional Academics (FA), Pre-Vocational Skills (PVS), Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Yoga, Sports, Games, Vocational Skills, Drama, Dance Therapy and extra curricular activities.
And to brighten up the Diwali spirit among these mentally challenged children and adults, Diwali and Childrens Day was celebrated at Saanidhya, Shakthinagar, Mangaluru. Few day scholar students, along with their parents, were invited to celebrate this beautiful programme at the School. S A Prabhakar Sharma, Honorary Secretary of the DK district branch Red cross society; Former MCC Mayor Mahabala Marla, the President, Shree Ganesha Seva Trust; Jagadeesh Shetty, Treasurer, Shree Ganesha Seva Trust; Madhava Suvarna, member of Saanidhya team Sevak and the Special students inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp.
Dr. Ananth Prabhu G – an Cyber Security & Law Trainer at Sahyadri College, Mangaluru and his team donated toys to the children. The School also felicitated few of their students while celebrating Children’s Day, for their achievements and talents. Subsequently, on the occasion, they also celebrated Madhava Suvarna’s birthday, who with a kind gesture sponsored the dinner. The Saanidhya staff sang the prayer and Dr. Vasanth Kumar Shetty, Administrator of Saanidhya welcomed the gathering.
Special children, Sameeksha Acharya and Mansi Prajapathi gave a dance performance, which enthralled the guests. Mrs Suma D’Silva proposed the vote of thanks, while Mrs Shanthala compered the programme. The programme ended with a Bang!, as students enjoyed bursting the green crackers. The celebration did put smiles on the faces of these special children , and made a difference in a special way.
Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Vasanth Kumar Shetty, the administrator of the school said, ” I am happy that we made the children enjoy the Diwali and Childrens’ Day celebration,thereby putting a smile on their faces. Saanidhya’ always extends its helping hand to receive, support and take care of mild, moderate and severally challenged children in the age group of four to forty years, of either sex. Our ultimate aim is to provide an atmosphere for the all round development of every differently-abled child and facilitate them to develop their skills so as to make them self reliant in their day to day activities, thus to join the mainstream of our society. And also to provide an opportunity to those mentally and physically challenged who are deprived of training facilities, to improve their skills and ability especially in the rural area by providing them well equipped residential school and training centre”
Diwali is all about getting rid of darkness by spreading the light of happiness and hope. Happy to note that both celebrations lit up the children’s faces with joy on Diwali Day and Childrens’ Day!