Looking beyond disabilities, Revealing their abilities
We empower the intellectually disabled to lead an independent & self-sustained life
Using Nature’s gift of farming and agriculture
Opening a world of eco-friendly opportunities
Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry gave us a visit
WELCOME TO SRISTI VILLAGE
It is lesser known fact that approximately 75% of the 1.6 million people living in India are registered ‘disabled’, according to the 2011 Census. Poverty, illiteracy, homelessness and unemployment are highly prevalent among the families belonging to the rural areas of India, which makes access to basic opportunities narrower for the disabled. At Sristi, we strive to create a safe & secure place for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to live and learn together. Our belief lies in an inclusive and sustainable world, where everyone is given an opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of disability. To actualise our vision, we have adopted a unique approach that involves training in life-skills and farming, built on a foundation of love and support.
My name is Karthikeyan and I hail from Pondicherry, South India. I spent 15 years in an orphanage, a very special place that enriched my life immensely. It fosters 111 marginalized children, non-disabled and intellectually disabled. Growing up in our home we were all equal. We lived together, played together and helped each other out. Everyone had his or her responsibilities. Only in the world outside did our differences become more visible. I could go to school; my intellectually disabled brothers and sisters couldn’t.
Later when we grew older, those of us who were part of the mainstream “normal” folk found jobs and felt integrated into society. But our intellectually disabled siblings were still not accepted and were treated with pity rather than empathy. This behavior towards them made me indignant and unhappy. I felt it was unfair to underestimate their abilities. I felt that their potential was not utilized.