Namaste House: Centre for the Disabled. Still, after 20 years, the only active centre in Western Orissa that cares for disabled children. Many are the victims of Polio, other mentally challenged. New Hope is always in need of support for these children – to increase the Teacher to Child ratio, to ensure that we have funds for those who need surgery. The cost of crutches and callipers is always with us. Many of the children need support for vocational training to help them find employment.
In addition to Namaste House where most of the physically disabled children live and have their education we have the Special Needs Children School. Mostly Cerebral Palsy affected children. The support for this project Namaste House comes through friends. In 2010, Board Member Eileen Thorpe, having many years experience in teaching and helping children with special educational needs visited the School. Her concern is that New Hope India Namaste House has more ‘one on one’ Care persons and more specialised trained and experienced Teachers. This is a challenge with Muniguda being isolated and having few social amenities. However the Director, Eliazar Rose is trying to resolve the challenge.
Namaste House: “Eliazar and I have been working with disabled children since before New Hope was formalised. We opened the first Namaste House in 1983. We are concentrating always on care and education of challenged children, especially Cerebral Palsy victims. We need more financial support for this project.” Jill Ghanouni, Secretary – New Hope Rural Community Trust UK The children in the Centre for Special Children stay at Namaste House. In 2011 we would be happy to have a volunteer with teaching and care experience of challenged children. Six months would be a great gain for our children.