Lisa SCN greets the children as they come out of the bus

Lisa SCN greets the children as they come out of the bus

Around 80 children come daily to Navjyoti Center, a day school, for differently abled children at Baluwatar, Kathmandu. Most of the children come to the center by the bus donated by the Indian embassy. Lisa Perekkatt, SCN, together with the fifteen teaching and supportive staff work with these children from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The children have various activities such as fine and gross motor activities, physio/speech/music therapy, activities of daily living, academic learning, gardening, taking care of the environment, shopping, cooking skills, dancing, sports and games. They also spend time in vocational training such as envelope/ candle/garlands/bracelets/paper bag making, mat-knitting, tailoring and knitting.

Some of the children take part in Special Olympics. Many have received trophies in sports. They spend time in indoor and outdoor games. They also enjoy the annual picnic cum educational tours to various places within Kathmandu.

The children begin the day with yoga and prayer. They are given opportunities to celebrate various festivals and important national and international days.

Navjyoti staff with Sister Lisa

Committed teachers accompany the children from the time they come to the center until the last one leaves. Some of them have been here for more than 25 years. Many of their houses are partially damaged and not safe to live in and others lost their houses completely. But many of them worked along with the Sisters in distributing the earthquake relief materials at Koshidekha and Baniyatar.

Written by Malini Manjoly, SCN

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