Anjali was born with deafblindness and multisensory issues, and throughout early childhood, Anjali’s parents didn't know how to connect with her due to her condition. They believed her to be mentally unwell and left her locked in a room alone while they worked and her siblings went to school.
When Sense International India learned of Anjali, they sent an educator to visit her at home. The educator worked for six months to convince Anjali's family that life could be different for them. Eventually Anjali's mother agreed to attend a meeting with other parents of children with deafblindness and began to understand that Anjali could learn to be independent, to be social and to lead a life outside of the home.
Anjali's educator began working at home with her, teaching her and her family how she could look after herself and take part in family chores like cooking and laundry.
Anjali had never been in mainstream education before, and therefore learnt skills which she could use outside of a school atmosphere. She participated in the Together We Can! program, along with 300 other young people across Bangladesh with deafblindness and multisensory conditions. It focuses on vocational skills to allow people to become independent in adult life and to increase opportunities in the future.
Through Together We Can!, Anjali has benefitted from vocational training, and now has a small successful business selling goods from a handcart. Life is unrecognisable for Anjali; from being locked alone in a room, she is now earning a living and taking an active part in her local community.
She has gained her parents understanding, and earns 400-500 rupees (£4 - £5) per day which her dad puts into savings. Anjali has improved her quality of life because of Sense International India, and says:
“My parents are very proud of me and I am happy to be an earning member of my family."
First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017