Babloo started his own food stall – it provides a great financial support to the family”
- Neru Devi, Babloo's mother
Twenty-year-old Babloo Ram lives with his parents and two brothers in Babhanbey, a small village in Hazaribagh district, Jharkhand.
He works full-time with his family running a Chinese fast food stall at a local market – earning money to both support himself and help his family.
Babloo has Down’s syndrome and moderate to severe hearing loss with limited vision. In 2011 he joined the Udaan Network, a support and intervention programme for adults with deafblindness. The network helped Babloo improve his communication, including learning a local sign language, and provided income generation support.
Before joining the programme Babloo regularly used to run away from home – leaving his parents worried and afraid. Since setting up his business, however, his focus has been on the stall.
“Now he listens and talks to us,” says his mother, Neeru Devi.
“There has been tremendous improvement in Babloo.”
Funded by CLSA
First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017