More Children helped at Sparsh!

Sparsh had a visit from 9 year old Marbo Tamang and his parents who are both labourers from the Makaibari Tea estate. After the Sparsh team assessed Marbo and spoke with his parents, it became evident that he suffers from Cerebral Palsy and is unable to speak.

Since a young age a basic form of gesture communication evolved between him and the family, especially with his mother. The parents would like to send Marbo to the village school, but the school is not adequately equipped with specialised teachers who understand the needs of children like Marbo.  The staff of Darjeeling Sparsh suggested Marbo and his parents should be initially supported by learning an Alternate Augmentative Communication that would improve his communication and help him integrate more with his piers. Once that is established, the parents were suggested to enrol Marbo into a more suitable vocational skill development program rather than send him to a formal school. In April the staff of Darjeeling Sparsh will start to work towards exploring and developing his communication skills. We hope Marbo and his family can more easily communicate with each other and that he can learn the skills to speak to other kids and make friends.

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About Shanti-International-Charity

Shanti International is an international charity dedicated to empowering under-privileged people and improving their economic and social well-being. A simple ethos of giving others what we take for given underpins all our projects whether we are providing education, support or medication for preventable diseases. In a fair society, everyone should be able to live a life where opportunities are available for them to improve their situation. Shanti International envisions a world where each individual has basic human rights, the freedom, confidence and community support to address any social problems and bring about change. At the heart of any help we provide for the vulnerable, is the aim of helping individuals take advantage of all the possible opportunities that exist for them, so that the most disadvantaged people can live an independent life. We are not limited by causes and strive to be wherever a helping hand is needed. From addressing the legitimate concerns of people and families living with HIV/AIDS and providing care and support services; to protecting young girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labour and other forms of exploitation, Shanti International is there to take a stand.
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