2015: Bolangir School
Caring hands Foundation adopted Bolangir School for Handicapped and provided support with construction of buildings and vocational training to students.
Bolangir School for Handicapped, known locally as Patharchepa Blind, Deaf, and Mute School, is a residential primary school with 40 kids from ages 3 to 15 in a remote part of Orissa, India. All the kids are blind, deaf or mute and come from very poor families. Overwhelmed by their disabilities, their families have abandoned them. This school was founded in 1993 to take care of these unfortunate children. In 2010, the Indian government sanctioned the school an acre of land and gave meager funds to construct a school building. With additional funds from local charities, they partially constructed a school building and opened the school in the summer of 2011.
After visiting the school in 2011, we felt that this school plays an important role in keeping these handicapped kids off the streets. Hence we adopted this school. Our current plan is to complete the existing building so that kids can live in a safe, hygienic environment. In addition, we will provide them vocational training so that they can have a chance to be self-reliant.
Thanks to Sahaita Inc. for their generous donation of $10,000 and other generous donors, we reached our goal to complete the construction of this school building.
December 2015 update: The construction is nearing completion. We are now working to get government funding to make it a full-fledged government sanctioned school for the blind, deaf and mute.