Nitin’s Story- Exploring self.

Nitin is a child with visual impairment since birth. His father is a laborer and mother is a domestic helper. He has 3 brothers and sister. He came to Saksham 4 years ago after having withdrawn from a blind school because of a very bad experience there. As a result, he was emotionally traumatized. He had lost all trust and faith on people and was very afraid of school. He would not communicate with anyone.

It took Nitin quite some time to be able to trust anyone again, to express himself, to communicate with others, to be in a state to learn something new.

Gradually Nitin became comfortable, learned to trust and learned new skills. After an assessment, it was found that Nitin was weak in academics due to weak memory. He showed greater potential in vocational activities like in paper folding, threading, pasting. He could independently make paper envelopes and bags. His threading and beading were neat and perfect. He picked up money transaction skills and is very good at it. He is able to independently do all his daily living activities.

Nitin is very happy now. Since Nitin is 18 years old, an exit plan for him is being formulated.

Saksham will provide him with a mobile kiosk. With the help of his family, he will run a tea stall and sell paper bags and other products of the vocational unit. Initially, Nitin will be trained to run the mobile shop in the vicinity of the school or a controlled environment. Eventually, once he is able to transact the business capably the shop will be moved to the vicinity of his house. The shop will be equipped with utensils, stove, snacks, raw materials etc.

By empowering Nitin with the capacity to earn, Nitin will be valued in his family and society.

Many of such stories are changing our view to look at our life and live it at its best.

Published by Saksham

Saksham Trust is a not - for - profit organisation, established in 2003. The sole aim of the trust is to empower persons belonging to this marginalised section of society through a variety of strategies. India has more than 14 million persons with blindness and low vision and above 70 million persons who cannot read normal print due to some sort of disability. A range of services needed to be provided to such persons for their social and economic mainstream into society. Saksham is guided by the Vision of a sensitised and motivated society that acknowledges the value of interdependence and appreciates the abilities of persons with blindness and multiple disabilities and willingly provides equal opportunities for all.

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