Although the corona pandemic in India is still having massive effects and thus also our activities are severely impacted, we have achieved two very positive results in the last few weeks:
1. We have received a license from the Indian Government to run an “inclusive school”, means a special school where children with and without disabilities learn together. This is the first license granted to an organization in the Sonbhadra district. We are very proud of this. We now, of course, very much hope that we can start running the school as soon as the Corona situation allows. The breakthrough came in a conversation with Dr Ajaya Kumar, Government Representative for Special Disability Education. We have now collected data from over 120 families in the area close to our center where people with disabilities live.
2. We will purchase a piece of land opposite from our Keshwa Child Welfare Center. We need this property as a playground and sports field for the school and want to keep the option open to possibly build a small additional building at a later date. The plot has a size of approx. 6,800 sqft.
The press reports every now and then about our intention to run an inclusion school. The registration phase for the school has started.
Keep your fingers crossed for us that we will be able to offer all our programs for the benefit of children and women again by next year at the latest.