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Afsana's story

Girl stands with rucksack

Twelve-year-old Afsana was born with partial deafblindness in a village in Bangladesh. Her father is the owner of a small business and her mother is a seamstress. She lives with her parents, two brothers and one sister in a low income household. 

Field educators identified Afsana’s condition in 2013. At the time of identification, she was found to be silently sitting in a small shop. Her family members were not at all aware of her problems and not knowing how to manage her condition, they left Afsana in a dark room like an object. She could not walk, eat, dress herself or use the toilet independently.

Immediately after finding Afsana and identifying her deafblindness, the field educators talked to her parents and tried to motivate them to take care of Afsana and send her to school like their other children. They started to provide training so her parents could help with daily living activities and pre-schooling.

An individual education plan was made and accordingly field educator began to teach her Bangla and English alphabets and small rhymes. Gradually Afsana became ready to attend school and was admitted into class one in Fuldi Government primary school.

Her father takes her to and from school, and the transport costs are covered by the project. The school teachers are very cooperative and take special care of Afsana by giving her extra time for when preparing lessons and following flexible strategies to include her in the class. 

Smiling girl stands next to man

Other pupils are also very helpful and friendly with Afsana. They cooperate with her to allow her to participate in different co-curricular activities of the school.
The project has provided educational materials, nutrition and IGA support to enable Afsana to continue her education further and also to improve the socio-economic condition of their family.

Now Afsana goes to school regularly. Surrounding neighbours’ have accepted her as a member of the society. Her parents say:

“The field educators have changed our daughter’s life and gave her a new way of living with dignity. We want Afsana to receive higher education and get established in future.”

First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017