Alisha’s story is one of determination and triumph. She was born deafblind and was unable to walk so that she was completely bedridden for seven years. She has three disabled brothers and sisters.
After her father left, her mother Sahila became the sole bread-winner for the family, cooking at a local Madrasa and giving tuition to increase her meagre income.
“I wish I had known in the beginning that deafblindness didn't mean the end of the world for my child...”
Sahila, Alisha's mother
Finally, Alisha and her three disabled brothers and sister were taken to Patna for medical help. She was also assessed and started to receive training from special educators from Sense International (India) and partner organisation Ashadeep-Patna.
Today, Alisha is much more confident and has developed the skills to perform day-to-day activities independently. "I wish I had known in the beginning that deafblindness didn't mean the end of the world for my child", says Sahila.
"With the tireless help of Sense International, Alisha spoke for the very first time when she was ten. I started crying, it was nothing less than a miracle for us. I gathered our neighbours to make them hear Alisha’s voice."
First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Thursday 12 September 2013