“All kids need a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them.”- Magic Johnson
All children are special in their own way. They might differ in their abilities and needs, but, they are all special! Differently-abled children require a little extra help, care and support, but that’s all they need.
As cases of autism are on the rise in India, the facilities and awareness to deal with the condition aren’t. Autism in children is usually tagged as “mental retardation” and those suffering from it aren’t given all the care and attention they need.
These children are usually abandoned by their parents in some orphanage, hospital, or with the authorities just because parents are not capable to, or are not willing to, provide them the extra care and love they need.
In such situations, these special children are taken care of by orphanages that are supported by donations from people, companies and the government. In an environment where even fetching the donations is a Herculean task, instances of people from society devoting their valuable time and effort for the welfare of these children are rare.
But there are some people like Arun Prasath who go a step ahead of making a monetary contribution and make these children feel that they are cared for by people other than the ones they live with.
Arun Prasath, founder of Uniqueism, took the initiative to start his company’s outreach program for autistic orphans. Prasath, with his team, paid a visit to the Challenged Children Welfare and Women Education Trust orphanage in Chennai which takes care of autistic orphans.
Uniqueism.com quotes Arun Prasath as saying,
Anybody or any business can write a cheque, though few of them do, but we want to go out in the community and show these children that someone outside of their home cares for them. Getting out into the community like this is a reward you don’t get from running a successful business. We want our efforts to multiply across Chennai and across the country by getting in contact with other businesses and helping them get started doing what we are doing.
The team now plans to expand their outreach program to other orphanages in the city and developing a framework so that other small businesses in the area can also follow what they have done. They plan to follow an active approach to helping people, and organizations, do their bit.
Prasath feels that apart from bringing joy to the faces of these children, participation from society also reduces social anxiety and gives some time off to the regular caretakers of these children. He feels that the people who take care of these children in orphanages are true heroes. However, other people should also come forward for the welfare of these children as a little effort from the society will go a long way in benefiting the millions of orphans in the country.