Sungava - Mentally Challenged Females
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 show that females are in a worse position than males. Males 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Provides physical training and exercise, basic health care and life skills to prevent secondary disabilities from emerging.
- Fosters greater confidence by introducing them to the outside world where they learn to conduct simple transactions and learn basic survival skills.
- Educates 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.
- Increases awareness and respect for disabled females in the wider community by developing programs which openly acknowledge their equal humanity.