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DISABLING THE DISABILITY
Naureen Khan & Education Team Oxfam India
Dageswar Sahu is a 7-year-old boy who lives in Parsada village of Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Since birth, he struggled to sit or even stand on his own. His parents are agricultural labourers and most of their income is spent on Dageswar’s medical treatment. With two more daughters and a mother to feed, sustaining livelihood has become a challenge.
Oxfam India works with various districts in Chhattisgarh to help create a friendly-nourishing environment for children especially differently-abled and enrol them in schools.
Once Oxfam gained knowledge of Dageswar’s medical condition, the team supported the family for his treatment. For the first time, his parents were able to understand their son’s condition. Dageswar was suffering from Cerebral Palsy, a disorder that affects body’s balance, movement, and muscle tone. Oxfam counselled the family to take steps towards improving Dageswar’s condition through various medical treatments including physiotherapy. Our team constantly encouraged them to send Dageswar to school to help him live a better life.
With constant engagement with the family, Dageswar showed improvement. His physical mobility improved and the family realized the importance of education outside their home. Oxfam helped Dageswar get enrolled in school and also provided him with a wheelchair.
Dageswar has started going to school and can even stand on his own. "We are very thankful to Oxfam and its partner organization for helping our child medically and acedimcally," said Dageswar's father. However, family’s financial condition has not improved. They need constant support to help their children receive the education they deserve and the medical treatment Dageswar desperately needs.
Oxfam continues to work in the six poorest states of India (Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Orissa) to send the most vulnerable and underprivileged children back to school. In Chhattisgarh this year, we conducted various development sessions, interactive workshops and public hearing to spread awareness on the importance of education, build a friendly environment for differently-abled children, help in school development and much more.
In 2017, because of kind-supporters like you, we benefited nearly 1.5 lakh people in Chhattisgarh through our education program. To know how children were benefited, read here, www.oxfamindia.org/blog/2054/bridging-gap
In case you wish to make a monthly contribution to help children like Dageswar attend school and families to live better lives, please click here, www.oxfamindia.org/support-child-education
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