Perkins India, in partnership with Jayati Bharatam, opened a new Community Intervention Centre for children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment (MDVI) in the Government Secondary School in Sharbatpur, Sitapur. This marks the expansion of the Perkins India program, as it is the second Community Intervention Centre they have opened. Another centre in Gosaiganj opened in July 2021.
The centre will provide educational, therapeutic and health related support to children in the community with MDVI. Without such a place to go and receive specialized support, these children would otherwise be isolated at home. The centre provides opportunities for these children to learn new skills and socialize.
The school administration has dedicated existing spaces, including the playground, for use by the Intervention Centre. This partnership with the Government Secondary School will make services available to children with MDVI and their families at one location. The centre will provide a community of support for both the children and their families and will allow parents an opportunity for greater involvement in their child’s intervention work. It is this community of families that will help facilitate the inclusion of children with MDVI in the school and enable them to learn along with the other children as well as be a part of the recreational activities.
The Intervention Centre was inaugurated on October 7th 2021 and in attendance was Chief Guest, the Superintendent of CHC, Dr. Sanjay Srivastav. Dr. Sanjay Srivastav praised the initiative and the work being done through Perkins India and Jayati Bharatam for children with MDVI in Sitapur. He said, “This is a great initiative by Perkins India and Jayati Bharatam to provide intervention to children with MDVI in an area where there are no existing services for these children.”
Other dignitaries present in support during the inauguration included: Dr. Durgesh Tomar, Block Community Programs Manager, CHC; Shri. Sanjay Shukla, Principal, Secondary Government School, Sharbatpur; and Shri. Ram Kishore, Principal, Higher Secondary School, Maholi.
Shri. Sanjay Shukhla, Principal of the Government Secondary School, shared, “Perkins India and Jayati Bharatam are doing commendable work for providing need based intervention to children with MDVI. We also want children with disabilities to be included and be a part of our school. It’s a great initiative which we want to be a part of and we extend our full support for this cause and hence we are providing a space so that children could receive intervention.”
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