We met Chandni in 2011, while she was begging on the streets of Dehradun-her BIG smile caught our attention!
After many months of counselling, she joined our Street Smart program with the lure of a bath, a meal and an education. After almost two years of ABCs and 123, Chandni was deemed fit to start formal education at a local government residential school supported by Aasraa Trust – Rajkiya Purva Madhyamik Vidhyalaya (RPMV) in standard 3. Besides education, we felt the need to give Chandni her independence back, so we had two prosthetic legs made for her through the National Institute for the Orthopedically Handicapped. Later a specialist leg was made by Mr.Peter Farrand from Australia, which Chandni uses now.
Today, Chandni is in Standard 5, she can read and writes her name with great pride. She walks around her school campus comfortably and likes to play games with other girls. She enjoys reading Hindi and solving Maths questions.