Madhu Babu and D Varija have two children living with disabilities and both of the parents hope that their children will get lifelong support in the outside world. This desire was the main reason behind the launch of Sreesh Mandiram, a Tirupati-based NGO that has started many community development projects by which their only aim is to keep empowering adults and children with disabilities.
Recently, the NGO has launched a project called 'FIVE HEARTS' which is for the children with disabilities. According to Madhu, as parents, they were always looking for friends that can play with their children and when some normal child comes and plays with differently-abled kids, it creates inclusion and a greater sense of social responsibility.
Keeping this idea in mind Madhu and Varija has started the Five Hearts project as a social responsibility initiative where they choose five schoolchildren as the five hearts and make them friends with one special needs child. These five kids are invited to the center on various occasions like birthdays and NGO celebrations and there are gifts sponsored to the five kids by an adult which are later giving to the one special needs child.
Till now the Five Hearts project has only two children and the sponsors are NRIs based in the United States.
A child called Jhansidhar with Down syndrome is sponsored by Ramakanth Yenugu. After visiting the Sreesh Mandiram NGO Ramakanth also came to know about their latest FIVE HEARTS project and found it very interesting.
The IT Engineer, Ramakanth Yenugu says, "this will create a second parent for the special child along with a team of others and will make the kid feel supported. He will feel he has people to talk to him, play with him, etc. When they see so many people supporting them, they won’t get depressed and will be happy and confident. This must be made a part of regular school activities so that children without disabilities understand the need to interact and engage".
For further plans, Madhu is looking forward to team up with Tirupati-based mainstream schools and across India for their new project.
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