As the old saying goes, Where there's a will, there's a way. This holds true in the case of 8-year old, hearing impaired Laali. Despite all odds, this little girl has become an inspiration for many of us.
She comes from a poor family of New Seemapuri (East Delhi). The dwelling she lives in is a 15x10 sq ft room - they have to use the municipality's toilets and have to fetch drinking water from the nearby tank. All her family members, comprising her mother (who works as a domestic help on a meagre salary of 1500/- per month to feed her family members), her father (who is a drunkard who only pulls rickshaw to fulfill his drinking needs, he contributes nothing at home), Laali's elder brother is unemployed. Her younger brother Chandu is also enrolled at the centre with her (as he had rickets which is now cured). Her youngest sister, Kareena is barely 3 and half years old. All of them stay together.
Laali has won 2nd prize (silver medal) in Rangoli competition at VSAI (Very Special Arts India). The sense of victory and satisfaction that one can see on her face is worth millions. We have also identified a special school for her nearby, where she can study in a structured way. Besides this we also plan to continue her Vocational Training, so that she can be independent financially and also contribute in her family's financial income.