Where we work
When Asha was five years old, she caught an infection which made one of her legs grow more slowly than the other. When she started school, she was mocked and bullied by her fellow pupils. They called her ‘kunti’ meaning ‘cripple’ in the local language. By this time she was also experiencing back pains because of her short leg. However, Asha’s school was one of those working with Leonard Cheshire Disability, and we were able to do something practical to help. The first thing we did was refer her to a clinic where they took Asha's leg measurements and ordered a special shoe to level the height difference between Asha’s legs. This not only made it easier for her to walk but also reduced the strain on her back.
We also started a series of awareness programmes for the children on disability issues. Through stories, games and role play, we helped children to understand what it means to be disabled and why bullying disabled children is wrong.
As a result, Asha’s life has improved enormously. Nobody teases her anymore. She is now accepted and liked by the other pupils. What's more Asha now enjoys school and is doing really well in her studies.
To find out more about Asha's progress in school, please click here.
To find out how you can give more children like Asha the chance to go to school, click here."