St Mary's home - Ashaneer
With a capacity of
40 girls and 40 boys
St Mary’s home in Ashaneer welcomes boys and girls from 7 to 18. The children have a mental or physical disability, or are destitutes without a disability. The fact that children live together helps to create a barrier-free environment for disabled children. They play all together and help each other on a daily basis.
St Mary’s home has two buildings. One hase two floors and the girls sleep upstairs while the ground floor is dedicated to a special school which welcomes indoor and outdoor children. The boy’s building has only one ground floor. The home has a big garden with trees, flowers, a football field for the boys and a big space for the girls. This garden offers a secure and pleasant environment to the children. This is also where events take place for all Howrah centers who then make the trip to St Mary’s Ashaneer home.
During the week, the children take part in different activities and chores. They help with cleaning their rooms and the dining hall, washing the dishes, cooking and gardening. They go to their own school and when coming back they can spend time indoor or outdoor to play. Children have a study time every evening and also enjoy some dancing and drawing classes.
Sumi is a 6 years old always smiling girl. Her two parents are deaf. Despite this fact, she speaks a very clear Bengali.
Sumi is an incredibly strong and independent little girl. She wants to do everything by herself. She would like to help her family when she will be older, even though she is already doing it at present.
She always has many very interesting stories to tell and makes everyone happier. She is very dynamic and help others a lot.
We are so pleased to have her among us. She put smiles on everyone's face.
Thank you Sumi for your happiness !
Soïf is a 16 years old boy (with his mother on the picture). He has a very severe form of Down Syndrome and cannot speak or respond to others. However, other boys of the home manage to play with him a lot and to communicate with him.
Soïf is very funny, making us laugh all day long. He loves to dance and everytime we put music, he gets up straight away. He has very nice moves and can twist his body in a very harmonious way while dancing.
Soït taught us a lot about communication. We do not need to speak, or to point. We can speak without words and sometimes communication is even better. The connection he has with other boys is incredible and shows us life is only about love and compassion.
Ranguila is responsible for girls section in Ashaneer Home. She has been with us for 7 years now. She works along with Gloria di, our home in-charge. They are an incredible duet, perfectly completing each other. Ranguila is from Birbhum.
She is a very hard worker. She is devoted to the children and helps them by giving the best working and living condition in the home.
She loves to laugh. She always smiles and turn every situation into positive.
Her impact on the home, the children and HSP in general is unmeasurable
Thank you didi for everything !