WELCOME TO SRISTI VILLAGE
"Sristi”, the ancient word derived from the classical language Sanskrit, means “CREATION”. We want to create a new world for those with intellectual disabilities along with those who have been marginalized in their communities; a world which they can call their own, and a world where everyone is treated with equal respect.
The world we have in mind is a small village, spread out over an area of about 30 acres of fertile land, located at Kunamangalam Village, Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu, South India. A seemingly ordinary village by any standards, but one that is entirely self-sustaining and eco-friendly. It will serve as a role model project.
JOURNEY TOWARDS MY DREAM
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.