Sungava - Mentally Challenged Females
Mentally challenged or learning disabled females.
Females with mental challenges especially those with Down's Syndrome are provided with basic literacy and life skills education.
These disabled females are given basic education according to their developmental abilities. The education received then provides each with some marketable skills for their livelihood through production of handicrafts and simple garments.
Cost to support one girl per year: $25 a month or $300 a year
About the need
Any child either female or male, who is born physically disabled, mentally challenged and/or who has learning disabilities has little access to a normal life anywhere in Nepal. As a result of some Hindu beliefs these children are regarded by society as a blemish on the family status, a punishment for their misdeeds in a previous life, an omen of bad luck and generally an object of shame for their parents. Due to such beliefs many of these children are therefore abandoned, shut away, beaten or exploited.
Statistics also show that females are in a worse position than males. Boys with mental disabilities and/or challenges are more likely to be taken to medical facilities than females. As a result many females are abandoned to an early death from avoidable causes.
Purpose of Program
The program provides each female a degree of self-reliance within a small institute that supports a healthier family environment and facilitates important living skills. These challenged females are given basic education according to their developmental abilities.
- To provides physical training and exercise, basic health care and life skills to prevent secondary disabilities from emerging.
- To foster greater confidence by introducing them to the outside world where they learn to conduct simple transactions and learn basic survival skills.
- To educate parents concerning the welfare of their children thus helping parents come to appreciate their child rather than live in shame for having a challenged child.
- To increase awareness and respect for disabled females in the wider community by developing programs which openly acknowledge their equal humanity.
$300 covers the following expenses for one full year:
- Books and stationary
- Handicraft materials
- School snack
- Transportation to school for challenaged woman and companion
- Supervision of scholarships - verification of students progress and sending reports to donors
- Training in the following areas:
- Literacy - basic Nepali and English so that they can identify simple words
- Domestic skills - basic task such as cleaning, cooking, dressing, washing
- Physical activities - basic exercises to improve fitness
- Creative activities - taught music, dance and art where they perform for the public
- Skill development - learn skills so that they can have earning opportunities
- Medical check-ups - regular visit to doctors to maintain proper health.